Observing the interstellar comet C/2019 Q4 with the Joan Oró Telescope of the Montsec Astronomical Observatory
In September 2019, the Joan Oró Telescope (TJO) of the Montsec Astronomical Observatory (Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec, OAdM) is observing the interstellar comet C/ 2019 Q4 (Borisov), more popularly known as “Oumuamua2”.
L'IEEC promou i participa en un acte de l’associació Women In Aerospace Europe a Barcelona
El proper 4 d’octubre s’inaugura el capítol local de l’associació Women in Aerospace Europe a Barcelona. Líders dels sectors privat i académic -a través de l’IEEC- participen en una taula rodona per debatre sobre el rol femení en l'àmbit de la ciència i tecnologia de l'espai.
IEEC 4DCube project — third winner of the Open Cosmos and ESA Business Applications “Call to Orbit” competition
The third winner of the “Call to Orbit” competition is a space debris mapping project by the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya, IEEC). 4DCube approach relies on a multidisciplinary team with IEEC members also from the University of Barcelona (UB), the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) and the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE-CSIC), in Barcelona, Spain.
Capture the Moon with your phone and win a refracting telescope or a binoculars starter kit
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary since the first humans set foot on the Moon, the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) is launching a social media competition, inviting you to spot the Moon in the sky. The deadline for the social media competition has been extended to 31 August 2019.
IEEC Annual Report 2018 released
IEEC is proud to present its Annual Report for the year 2018. This document gathers the outcomes and the main results of the research activities and projects that have been carried out by the nearly 200 IEEC members.
The Montsec Astronomical Observatory opens its doors to the public
At 1,570 meters, the Montsec Astronomical Observatory (OAdM) is located in one of the most suitable areas on the European continent for astronomical observation, thanks to the combination of weather conditions and the low effect of light pollution.
The ATTRACT Consortium grants funding to develop a new hybrid detector
The team of engineers and researchers from the Institute of Cosmos Sciences (IEEC-ICCUB), led by David Gascón, has been granted an ATTRACT grant to develop an integrated signal processing for a new generation of active hybrid single photon sensors.
Gaia DR2 bulk catalogue available in FAPEC format
The Gaia group at the Universitat de Barcelona (IEEC – ICCUB), in cooperation with DAPCOM Data Services S.L. (a technological spin-off company of the UPC and the UB), has published an alternative copy of the bulk data files from Gaia DR2 – the second data release from Gaia.
Forum IEEC 2019
On Feburary 6th, 2019, we celebrated the IEEC Forum 2019. Over 120 attendees gathered at the Palau Robert in Barcelona to discuss scientific and technical research in space exploration and space applications.
Ignasi Ribas awarded with the Premi Ciutat de Barcelona
Ignasi Ribas, IEEC Director and CSIC Scientific Researcher at the Institute of Space Sciences, has been awarded with the 2018 Premi Ciutat de Barcelona in its Experimental Sciences and Technology category.
Meeting a neighbour: the discovery of Barnard b
We recently announced the discovery of a candidate super- Earth planet around Barnard’s Star. The planet was found using nearly 800 radial velocities from seven different spectrographs in a large observational effort spanning over 20 years. Because of its proximity, at only 6 light years, Barnard b has potential for further characterisation, including direct imaging.
Dra. Nanda Rea, of the ICE (IEEC-CSIC), awarded with the National Research Prize in the Young Talent category
Nanda Rea (Rome, 1978) holds a degree in Physics and a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Rome "Tor Vegata". She is a senior researcher at the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) at the Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CSIC).
DESI Collaboration Meeting 2018 in Sant Feliu de Guíxols (Catalonia)
The DESI Collaboration Meeting is organized this time by members of ICE (IEEC-CSIC) in Sant Feliu de Guíxols (Girona, Catalonia, Spain) from October 16th – 20th, 2018. In this meeting will participate around one hundred researchers.
Success of the third season of OAdM visits
The Montsec Astronomical Observatory (OAdM), inaugurated on May 20 the third season of guided tours, which have been repeated on five Sundays during the summer months. More than 150 people attended the guided tours and all visits were filled in a few days after registration was opened.
New aluminization of the mirror of the Joan Oró telescope
During last June, the astronomers and technical staff of the Montsec Astronomical Observatory (OAdM) carried out the dismantling of the primary mirror of the Joan Oró telescope.