Francesca Figueras, new president of the Spanish Society of Astronomy
The researcher and vice-director of the Institute of Cosmos Sciences (IEEC-UB), Francesca Figueras, has been elected as new president of the Spanish Society of Astronomy (SEA) in its XII scientific meeting that was held last week in Bilbao. Figueras will take over as president of the SEA in January 2017 replacing Javier Gorgas who chaired the company since 2013.
Telescope Joan Oró obtains the Gaia-OSA certificate
The telescope Joan Oró (TJO) of the Montsec Astronomical Observatory, has recently received the official certificate of collaboration with Gaia-OSA (Groundbased Observational Service for Asteroids), as the telescope that more data has provided to this asteroid observation network campaign.
Gaia Data Release set for 14 September
ESA’s billion-star surveyor Gaia, launched on 19 December 2013, and in routine science operations since 25 July 2014, will release the first mission data on 14 September 2016.
The Hercules globular cluster, picture of June of the Observatori Asrtronòmic del Montsec
Each month the Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec (OAdM) of IEEC publishes an outstanding image from the observations made there. In June, the protagonist of the image of the month is the Hercules globular cluster.
Gaia finishes its RUN 1000 and celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Data processing and analysis Consortium (DPAC)
On June 10, nearly two years after the start of the nominal operations of Gaia, the system of initial data processing (IDT) ended its daily execution 1000th, a remarkable milestone for this system by the Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (DPAC).
IEEC participates at the Festa de la Ciència of Barcelona
On June 18th and 19th the Parc de la Ciutadella in Barcelona hosts the tenth edition of the Festa de la Ciència of Barcelona with the aim of bringing the scientific research conducted in Catalonia to all audiences. During these two days the Festa offers more than one hundred activities spread over different areas of the park. From robotics workshops, get an idea of ??the data universe in which we live and conduct scientific experiments to hear lectures of various topics.
The vision of the universe at the middle Ages
On 15 and 16 June, the Monastery of Sant Cugat will become the ideal place to talk about astronomy and history. During these days the lecture series “Testimoni del temps. La visió de l’Univers a l’Edat Mitjana” will be held.
Sant Cugat Forum on Astrophysics: Modelling nebulae
Next 14, 15, 16 and 17 June, the Casa de Cultura de Sant Cugat hosts the second part of the 2016 edition of the Sant Cugat Forum on Astrophysics. An initiative of the ICREA researcher and director of the Institute of Space (IEEC-CSIC), Diego F. Torres, which has the support of the City of Sant Cugat and the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia.
LISA Pathfinder exceeds expectations
ESA’s LISA Pathfinder mission has demonstrated the technology needed to build a space-based gravitational wave observatory.
The M66 galaxy picture of May of the Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec
Each month the Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec (OAdM) of IEEC publishes an outstanding image from the observations made there. In April, the protagonist of the image of the month is the spiral galaxy M66.
ESA presents first LISA Pathfinder results
Media representatives are invited to a briefing on the first results from ESA’s LISA Pathfinder mission, a technology demonstrator for the observation of gravitational waves from space.The media briefing is being organised by the European Space Agency at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in Villanueva de la Cañada, Madrid, Spain, on Tuesday, 7 June, 11:30–13:00 CEST. Doors open at 11:00 CEST.
ESA’s Integral Picture of May, the detection of the first thermonuclear supernova with gamma rays
The work, which has involved the Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CSIC), has been published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics
The spiral galaxy NGC 2841, picture of April of the Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec
Each month the Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec (OAdM) of IEEC publishes an outstanding image from the observations made there. In April, the protagonist of the image of the month is the spiral galaxy NGC 2841.
Transit of Mercury observation on May 9th
On Monday May 9th Mercury will transit the Sun. For seven hours its silhouette will be projected on the bright disk of the Sun. The Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CSIC) , the Institute of Cosmos Sciences (IEEC-UB) and the department of Quantum Physics and Astrophysics of the UB have organized various activities to observe the transit of Mercury.
A review of Laura Tolós, cover of the April issue of the journal Reviews of Modern Physics
The researcher at the Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CISC) Laura Tolos has published with several authors a Colloquium paper in the journal Reviews of Modern Physics on the techniques used in measuring the neutron star equation of state using x-ray timing.