The Joan Oró Telescope obtains the Gaia-GOSA certificate
Asteroid Day. Are we able to divert potentially hazardous asteroids?
Next June 30 is the Asteroid International Day which celebrates the largest asteroid impact known until now on Earth. It was Tunguska in 1908. In this context, the Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CSIC), the Royal Academy Science and Arts of Barcelona, the Academia Europaea and the Astronomical Association of Sant Cugat-Valldoreix (AASCV) have organized an outreach event about initiatives undertaken by scientists and space agencies to increase our ability to predict and mitigate the effects of potential impact of an asteroid on Earth.
The Festival of science, an opportunity to bring research to all audiences
More than 14,000 people visited this weekend the Festival of Science, innovation and technology which was held in the Ciutadella Park in Barcelona. There they found workshops to extract their own DNA or telescopes to observe the sun safely.
LIGO detects gravitational waves from second pair of colliding black holes
The Group of Relativity and Gravitation at the University of the Balearic Islands,associated to IEEC, participates through the LIGO Scientific Collaboration in identifying a second event of gravitational waves in data-LIGO detectors Advanced.
Scientists reconstruct the collisional history of the most primitive asteroids
A study by researchers at the Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CSIC), in collaboration with the University of Braunschweig, Germany, reveals that most asteroids do not remain intact since its formation but they have suffered many impacts, some huge since its formation 4,565 million years ago. The work which has been published in the journal Astrophysical Journal presents a description of the physics of these processes and a statistical model to reconstruct the history of these collisions.
Francesc Vilardell: “Living in Antarctica is the closest thing to live in another planet”
The astronomer Francesc Vilardell of Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec (OAdM) of the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) has lived a unique experience after spending thirteen weeks at the Concordia base in Antarctica working on the telescope IRAIT.
Great attendance to the guided visits to the Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec
On Sunday May 1, the Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec (OAdM) first opened its doors to the public. The initiative has been well received and in fact, the three shifts of visits to be held one Sunday a month until September are already complete.
The largest telescope in Catalonia opens its doors
The Observatori Atsronòmic del Montsec (OAdM) of the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) organizes the first guided tours of its facilities in the Montsec, Sant Esteve de la Sarga, Lleida. This is a unique opportunity to see close up the largest facility on astronomical research in Catalonia and one of the most advanced of the Iberian Peninsula.
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).