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IEEC
02/03/2016
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.
IEEC
12/02/2016
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.
IEEC
27/01/2016
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.
IEEC
13/01/2016
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).
IEEC
18/12/2015
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
IEEC
17/12/2015
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
IEEC
09/12/2015
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.
IEEC
04/12/2015
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
IEEC
03/12/2015
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
IEEC
18/11/2015
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.
IEEC
29/10/2015
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.
IEEC
23/10/2015
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.
IEEC
23/10/2015
Jordi Torra, new director of the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC)
Jordi Torra is the new director of the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC), since last July. He is Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Barcelona, where he gained his doctorate in Physics in 1984. Doctor Torra is a member of the Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB), one of the research centers that form the IEEC. He has been the principal researcher in several scientific projects and has published over a hundred papers. He currently leads the Spanish group taking part in the ESA’s Gaia mission.
Other
23/09/2015
ECLIPSI TOTAL DE LLUNA, 28 de setembre de 2015 [NOT TRANSLATED]
Retransmissió en directe a http://lluna2015.ub.edu/
IEEC
21/04/2015
Mapping the cosmos: Dark Energy Survey creates detailed guide to spotting dark matter
- Analysis will help scientists understand the role that dark matter plays in galaxy formation.
Generalitat de CatalunyaUniversitat de BarcelonaUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaUniversitat Politècnica de CatalunyaConsejo Superior de Investigaciones CientíficasCentres de Recerca de Catalunya