Image of the NEO 2012DA14 taken by the Joan Oró Telescope at the OAdM
We include an image of the Asteroid 2012DA14 captured by the 0.8m telescope Joan Oró at the Astronomical Observatory of Montsec last friday, February 15th, (Courtesy of F. Vilardell and J. M. Trigo-Rodriguez) as well as some pictures of the OAdM facility taken recently (courtesy by X. Palau).
How to observe the Asteroid 2012 DA14 with binoculars
Tonight, we will have the privilege of observing the near earth object that has come closest to Earth since instruments and cameras have been designed and built to detect and monitor these nearby small bodies and their trajectories.
Gaia will reveal the secrets of ultra-cool dwarfs in our galaxy
Among the hundred billion stars which can be observed in the Milky Way, there is a group of stars, the so-named ultra-cool dwarfs, defined as stars with a temperature below 2500 K, which includes ultra-cool dwarfs and brown dwarfs. It is a really interesting group: they are the most ancient objects in our Galaxy and, therefore, they can provide information about its primitive chemical composition. This is one of the objectives of Gaia mission which will be launched at the end of 2013 by the European Space Agency.
El Prof. Agustín Sánchez Lavega escribe sobre el nuevo libro de JM Trigo: Las raíces cósmicas de la vida [NOT TRANSLATED]
(Article in Spanish)
In search of answers about the origins of the Solar System and life
A. Campo Bagatin, L. M. Lara, J. M. Trigo Rodríguez y J. Licandro
Margarida Hernanz interviewed for the RTVE program “System Failure”
(Please note that the interview is in Spanish)
ICREA Prof. Diego F. Torres has been awarded the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, from Germany, has awarded the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award to Professor ICREA Diego F Torres, from the Institute of Space Sciences (CSIC-IEEC), for his scientific career in the field of astrophysics.
Ricard Casas interviewed by the program Generació Digital of Channel 33
Antartic wonders fallen from the sky
Ref: El País – Article in Spanish
Finding life on other planets is within reach of our generation
El descubrimiento de un planeta en el sistema estelar más próximo al Sol “es espectacular, ilustra que hay planetas por todas partes”, destaca Ignasi Ribas, a quien la Unión Astronómica Internacional (UAI) ha elegido presidente de su división de Estrellas y Física Estelar. Formada por 2.200 astrónomos de un centenar de países, la división que preside Ribas (Manresa, 1971) es la mayor de la UAI. Especialista en astrofísica estelar y exoplanetas del Institut de Ciències de l’Espai (IEEC-CSIC), Ribas ha sido elegido en la asamblea general de la UAI celebrada en Pekín para ocupar el cargo en los próximos tres años.
Francisco Castander and Francesc Madrid interviewed for BTV
The reporter Maya Castañer from Connexió Barcelona came to the Institute of Space Science ICE(CSIC/IEEC) to interview Francisco Castander y Francesc Madrid on the Spanish participation in the space mission EUCLID.
José Alberto Lobo Gutiérrez, experto en Astronomía Gravitacional [NOT TRANSLATED]
José Alberto Lobo Gutiérrez, experto en Astronomía Gravitacional
Prof. Alberto Lobo Gutièrrez, from the Institute of Space Sciences ICE(CSIC/IEEC), has passed away.
It is with our deepest sorrow that we must announce that Prof. José Alberto Lobo Gutiérrez passed away yesterday evening. He leaves behind a wife (Rosa Maria), a son (Albert), and a daughter (Montserrat).
This generation will find extraterrestrial life
Interview to Victoria Meadows by Ima Sanchís (La Vanguardia)
Postdoctoral fellowship for EUCLID cosmological simulations
The Observational Cosmology and Extragalactic astrophysics group at the Institute of Space Science (ICE, http://www.ice.csic.es/en/) seeks to appoint one Postdoctoral fellow. Priority will be given to candidates with a good background on computational astrophysics/cosmology. The candidate is expected to be mainly involved in the the development of cosmological simulations and galaxy mock catalogs for the recently selected ESA EUCLID mission (www.euclid-ec.org) in which the group is actively involved leading the development of simulations for this international project.