A study determines that the night sky of Barcelona can be up to six times brighter when there are clouds
A study by the Institute of Cosmos Sciences (IEEC-UB) quantifies how the presence of clouds affects differently the night sky brightness on an urban area or a protected zone of light pollution. The work, developed in the city of Barcelona and in the protected area of Montsec, shows that in urban areas the night sky brightness can increase up to six times more by the presence of clouds and intensifies the light pollution of the city, while in protected areas, clouds can obscure the night sky even more compared to a cloudless night.
Diego Torres, new director of the Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CSIC)
On 26 February, ICREA professor Diego Torres was named new director of the Institute of Space (IEEC-CSIC) and therefore also new co-director of the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC). Torres succeeds the outgoing director Jordi Isern in this position.
LISA Pathfinder starts the scientific operations
From Tuesday March 1, the scientific team of the ESA mission LISA Pathfinder, which aims to test the technology that will detect gravitational waves in space, is located at the European Space Operations Centre of ESA in Darmstadt, Germany.
Telescope Assumpció Català: the first telescope bearing the name of a woman in Spain
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.
The detection of gravitational waves, a historical landmark
LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Observatory) has just announced the detection of gravitational waves for the first time, almost a hundred years later of Einstein’s prediction.
The Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec launches the monthly publication of outstanding pictures
From this January, and monthly, the Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec (OAdM) of IEEC, will publish a remarkable image from their observations. We start this series with an image of the Horsehead nebula.
The most energetic light ever observed from a pulsar
A group of scientists working on the Major Atmospheric Gamma-ray Imaging Cherenkov (MAGIC) observatory, have reported the discovery of the most energetic pulsating radiation ever detected from a stellar object: the Crab pulsar. The unexpected observations of these high-energy photons question our knowledge of those tiny stars and opens new challenges for acceleration of particles in extreme media. The discovery has just been published in the last issue of Astronomy and Astrophysics and is led by researchers of the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) at the Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CSIC) and the Institute of Cosmos Sciences (IEEC-UB).
The Euclid mission of the European Space Agency, with the participation of IEEC, ready to be built
- The Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CSIC) is part of the scientific team
The CARMENES planet hunter, with participation of ICE (IEEC-CSIC), ready to find new Earths
- The Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CSIC) is in charge of the scientific preparation and exploitation of the project
Dark compact planets: a new family of astronomical objects?
Laura Tolós, researcher at the Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CSIC) has studied the possible existence of a new type of astronomical objects: Dark compact planets. They would be exoplanets with unusually small radios with dark matter inside. The research results were recently published in Physical Review D.
The Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec of IEEC reconstructs the trajectory of the ‘great fireball Mataro’ last Saturday November 28
- The “great fireball Mataro” was a rock of nearly one meter of diameter and entered the atmosphere off the coast of Maresme
Llançada amb èxit la missió LISA Pathfinder [NOT TRANSLATED]
- Hi té una participació molt destacada l’Institut de Ciències de l’Espai (IEEC-CSIC), creador de l’ordinador a bord i els sistemes de diagnòstic
The Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CSIC), shortlisted in the COPINS program of CubeSats
The European Space Agency (ESA) recently announced the projects selected in the COPINS program competition, which will deploy a CubeSat (a type of nanosatelyte) around the binary asteroid 65803 Didymos within the joint mission Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM) of the ESA and Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) of the NASA. This joint mission, named AIDA aims to test in situ and for the fisrt time the technology to deflect an asteroid.
L’Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec observarà l’objecte potencialment perillós que passarà dissabte a prop de la Terra [NOT TRANSLATED]
L’Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec (OAdM) de l’IEEC ja està preparat per observar amb el seu telescopi robòtic Joan Oró (TJO) l’objecte potencialment perillós 2015 TB145, que tindrà el seu moment de màxima aproximació a la Terra el proper dissabte 31 d’octubre a les 18:05 (hora continental europea). Aquest objecte, l’existència del qual es desconeixia fins fa només uns dies, ha despertat un enorme interès científic. Els experts creuen que podria tractar-se d’un cometa extint, i l’expectació per poder observar-lo és màxima. Es creu que els cometes, en les seves fases finals, es fragmenten i generen objectes que deixen de tenir activitat cometària i es comporten com asteroides.
Jordi Torra, nou director de l’Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC) [NOT TRANSLATED]
Jordi Torra és el nou director de l’Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC), càrrec que ocupa des del passat mes de juliol.
Generalitat de CatalunyaUniversitat de BarcelonaUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaUniversitat Politècnica de CatalunyaConsejo Superior de Investigaciones CientíficasCentres de Recerca de Catalunya