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IEEC
24/10/2018
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.
UB
20/09/2018
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.
IEEC
10/05/2018
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.
CSIC
26/02/2018
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.
CSIC
16/02/2018
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.
CSIC
15/02/2018
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. 
IEEC
12/02/2018
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.
IEEC
21/12/2017
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.
CSIC
21/12/2017
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.
CSIC
18/10/2017
Scientists detect the optical counterpart of the latest gravitational waves of LIGO / Virgo
Researchers at the Center for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research (CIEMAT), the Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CSIC), the Institute of High Energy Physics (IFAE) and the Institute of Theoretical Physics (UAM-CSIC) captured echoes of the collision of two neutron stars, the source of the most recent gravitational wave detected by LIGO / Virgo.
IEEC
22/09/2017
Communiqué from the universities and research centres of Catalonia
Today, the highest representatives of the universities and research centres of Catalonia (60 institutions, representing around 90% of the university and research community) have met to assess the current situation in Catalonia resulting from the actions of the Spanish Government over the last few days.
IEEC
25/07/2017
Change of Director
On June 30, 2017, Dr. Ignasi Ribas was appointed director of the IEEC by its Board of Trustees. With this appointment, he takes over the direction of the institute in substitution of Dr. Jordi Torra.
IEEC
22/07/2017
L’Observatori del Montsec ha acollit 71 projectes i 92 astrònoms des del 2008 [NOT TRANSLATED]
L’Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec, a Sant Esteve de la Sarga, ha acollit, al llarg de la primera dècada de funcionament, un total de 71 projectes d’observació en que han participat 92 astrònoms, 34 dels quals d’institucions estrangeres, cosa que l’ha convertit en el principat centre de producció d’observacions astronòmiques a nivell científic de Catalunya. Entre els treballs d’aquest període, que han permès descobrir exoplanetes i supernoves i observar asteroides, cometes i bòlids, destaca la que va ser la primera fita rellevant d’aquest centre lleidatà, aconseguida l’any 2010, quan va contribuir de forma decisiva al descobriment d’un nou fenomen astronòmic, el primer cas d’interaccions entre un planeta de fora del sistema solar i la seva estrella. Una altra de les contribucions remarcables en el món de l’astronomia des que es va posar en marxa es molt més recent.
IEEC
06/06/2017
La missió CubeSat catalana 3Cat-4 (UPC-IEEC), seleccionada per a la nova edició de Fly Your Satellite! de la ESA [NOT TRANSLATED]
Equips cubesat
IEEC
24/04/2017
Vine a conèixer el telescopi més gran de Catalunya al Montsec [NOT TRANSLATED]
L’Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec (OAdM) de l’Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC) organitza per segon any les visites guiades a les seves instal·lacions al Montsec, al municipi de Sant Esteve de la Sarga a Lleida. Es tracta d’una oportunitat única per veure de ben a prop la major instal·lació de recerca astronòmica de Catalunya i una de les més avançades de la península ibèrica.
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