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.
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.
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.
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.
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.