Press Releases
El Dark Energy Survey completa l’adquisició de dades de sis anys
El periòde d’adquisició de dades científiques per a cartografiar amb un nivell de detall sense precedents una vuitena part del cel just ha acabat, tot i que el treball per a aprendre més sobre l’expansió accelerada de l’univers tot just acaba de començar.
The new camera LAIA begins operations at the Joan Oró telescope
A new instrument has just been installed at the Joan Oró telescope (TJO) of the Montsec Astronomical Observatory (OAdM). The instrument is a new image camera that will expand the performance of the system thanks to a larger field of view.
The CARMENES planet hunter detects comet-like tail of helium and water in atmospheres of giant exoplanets
Researchers of the CARMENES consortium detected atoms and molecules in the atmospheres of hot Jupiter exoplanets, which could help us understand how planet atmospheres evolve over time. The findings come from several dedicated observations obtained in the last two years with the CARMENES spectrograph — a planet hunting instrument installed at the 3.5-m telescope in Calar Alto.
From gamma rays to X-rays: New method pinpoints previously unnoticed pulsar emission
A research team of the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE) and Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) provides a novel tool to investigate the mysterious mechanisms of pulsar emission. The discovery will be important to understand the fascinating nature of pulsars and use them for space navigation in the future. The Astrophysical Journal Letters published the study on the 21st November.
A nanosatellite developed at the UPC has been placed in orbit with six experiments on board
The small satellite 3Cat-1 was successfully launched at 5:30 a.m. (local time) from the Sriharikota space base (India) aboard the PSLV-C43 rocket. The launch, funded by the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC), comes after four attempts in recent years.
Our stellar neighbourhood is getting crowded – Planet discovered orbiting the second closest stellar system to the Earth
An international team of astronomers led by Ignasi Ribas of the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) and Institute of Space Sciences (ICE, CSIC) has found a cold super-Earth in orbit around Barnard’s star, the closest single star to the Sun and second only to the Alpha Centauri triple stellar system.
10 years of operations of the Montsec Astronomical Observatory
This October 24th, 2018, it is 10 years since the inauguration of the Montsec Astronomical Observatory (OAdM), located in Sant Esteve de la Sarga (Lleida, Catalunya). Its scientific facilities have yielded important findings in the field of exoplanets, supernovae or solar system research. Moreover, they have contributed to the tracking of satellites and the monitoring of the atmospheric quality in the Montsec area.
Gaia detects a shake in the Milky Way
Researchers of the UB and the University of Groningen lead one of the first big discoveries from the Gaia Mission, published in Nature. Position and movement data of more than 6 million stars show substructures that were never seen, originated by an impact that occurred more than 300 million years ago.
Montsec Observatory opens its doors to the public
The Montsec Astronomical Observatory (OAdM) of the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) organizes guided visits to its facilities in the Montsec, located in the town of Sant Esteve de la Sarga in Lleida, for the third year. This is a unique opportunity to take a closer look to the largest facility of astronomical research in Catalonia and one of the most advanced of the Península Ibérica.
Stars in the Milky Way halo: Cosmic invaders or victims of galactic eviction?
A group of astronomers led by the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) with participation of the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE, CSIC) and the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) have investigated a small population of stars in the halo of the Milky Way Galaxy, finding its chemical composition to closely match that of the Galactic disk.
Researchers incorporate technology to detect and quantify intense rainfall in the Spanish satellite PAZ
Earth observation satellite PAZ will be launched the 17th February from the base of Vandenberg (California). Measurements will allow to determine several thermodynamic properties and of precipitation of the terrestrial atmosphere at different heights.
What gamma-ray pulsars are X-ray bright? And why?
One of the most intriguing mysteries of pulsars relates to the origin of their spectral variety. An Article today proposes a theoretical model that answers at once what process is behind the emission spectra and how the spectral variety arises. 
The Joan Oró telescope observes the most misterious known star
The telescope Joan Oró, from the Astronomical Observatory of Montsec, is studying the controversial "Tabby" star, in a coordinated observation campaign with more than a hundred professional astronomers and fans around the world.
The IEEC and the Sónar set the pace of the universe
Sónar, a festival of electronic and experimental music based in Barcelona, ??celebrates its 25th anniversary with a call for extraterrestrial intelligence. With the name of "Sónar Calling GJ273b", the festival has organized the first series of radio transmissions of History sent to a nearby potentially habitable exoplanet.
The CARMENES instrument discovers its first exoplanet
Scientists at IEEC-CSIC have lead the discovery of HD 147379 b, a planet with a mass slightly higher than Neptune, which orbits a very close star. Despite being located in the so-called habitable area, it has no solid surface and it is not expected liquid water on its surface.
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