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Telescope Assumpció Català: the first telescope bearing the name of a woman in Spain
02/03/2016
 
Assumpció Català was the first woman numerary professor astronomer at the Spanish university and the Classroom telescope of the Centre d’Observació de l’Univers at Montsec bears her name.

Centre d’Observació de l’Univers, Montsec

Next March 4th the baptism of the telescope bearing the name of Professor at the University of Barcelona Assumpció Català will take place and thus it will become the first telescope with a woman name in Spain. The telescope is located in the Centre d’Observació de l’Univers within the Park astronomical del Montsec (Montsec, Àger). At the same time, an exhibition on this researcher, prepared by researchers from the Institute of science of the Cosmos (IEEC-UB) will open and it will be displayed until the end of August of 2016.

Assumpció Català

Assumpció Català (Barcelona, 1925-2009) was professor of the University of Barcelona and the fisrt woman numerary professor astronomer in a Spanish university. She worked as a professor at the University of Barcelona from 1953 to 1990 and in 2004 was named honorary emeritus professor. Her research focused on the study of the solar system, astrometry and galactic astronomy.

Telescope Assumpció Català

The telescope Assumpció Català, inaugurated on 2015, is a Dall-Kirkham reflector with a diameter of 50 cm, located in the new classroom observatory of the Centre d’Observació de l’Univers. The classroom observatory has a circular structure and eight screens connected to the telescope that enable seventy sitting people the simultaneous observation of the Montsec sky. This telescope will have a teaching use for University and high school teaching, secondary and primary with an important prominence of disclosure to the general public. The instrument allows that seventy people can simultaneously watch not only bodies of the Solar system, but also galaxies in the remote universe.

More information:

http://www.parcastronomic.cat/#!Astrònoms-reunits-en-el-bateig-del-telescopi-Assumpció-Català-del-PAM-reclamen-la-importància-del-paper-de-la-dona-en-la-ciència/cthz/56d97e220cf25a66a5379d85

http://serviastro.am.ub.edu/twiki/bin/view/ServiAstro/TelescopCatala
 
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Generalitat de CatalunyaUniversitat de BarcelonaUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaUniversitat Politècnica de CatalunyaConsejo Superior de Investigaciones CientíficasCentres de Recerca de Catalunya