DESI Opens Its 5000 Eyes to Capture the Colors of the Cosmos
The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), a new instrument designed to accurately map the Universe, begins its final testing stage.
Atmospheric data from the Spanish PAZ satellite reaches meteorological services worldwide in "near real-time" via WMO
PAZ offers well-distributed information on the vertical structure of the atmosphere around the world, with information on temperature, pressure and atmospheric humidity, allowing for more accurate predictions.
Twin baby stars grow in complex network of gas and dust
For the first time, high-resolution images obtained with the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array (ALMA) show a young stellar binary system in which a complex network of accretion filaments is nurturing two proto-stars.
CARMENES: Giant exoplanet around a small star challenges our understanding of how planets form
A study from the CARMENES consortium led by IEEC researchers at ICE (CSIC) reports the discovery of an anomalous planetary system around the nearby red dwarf GJ 3512, located at approximately 30 light-years from us. Although the star is only about a tenth of the mass of the Sun, it possesses at least one gas giant planet.
Mysteriously in-sync pulsar challenges existing theories
Researchers from the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) at the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE, CSIC) have contributed to a research study that, for the first time, detected synchronised pulses of optical and X-ray radiation from a mysterious pulsar. The observations indicate that a new physical mechanism might be needed to explain the behaviour of fast-spinning sources like this one, known as transitional millisecond pulsars.
The Transit of Mercury — watch it live
On 11 November 2019, a rare astronomical event is taking place: the transit of Mercury. IEEC’s research unit Institute of Cosmos Sciences (ICC) from the University of Barcelona (UB) invites you to watch the live broadcast of the event at the following link. The broadcast will start at local time 13:35.
The limits of AI in space travel, IEEC’s food for thought at 24th Science Week 2019
The Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC — Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya) joins the celebrations of the Science Week (Setmana de la Ciència), taking place on 8-17 November 2019, with a debate about artificial intelligence (AI).
IEEC participates at the Barcelona Science Festival, 26 – 27 October 2019
The Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) participates at the 13th edition of the Science Festival, which will take place in Barcelona, in Moll de la Fusta, on 26 and 27 October 2019. The event consists of 190 activities on science, technology, knowledge and culture, distributed in 26 spaces, with the goal to bring the research done in Barcelona and its area of influence closer to citizens.
IEEC adheres to the statement by institutes of CERCA and ACER
CERCA and ACER Statement
COSMIC DANCE: A comprehensive census of nearby star forming regions
14/11/2019 - 00/00/0000
The study of star formation is extremely challenging due to the lack of complete and clean samples of young, nearby clusters, and star-forming regions. The recent Gaia DR2 catalogue complemented with the deep, ground-based COSMIC DANCE catalogue offers a new database of unprecedented accuracy to revisit the membership of clusters and star-forming regions.
Star formation in the Alhambra mosaics. A geometrical divertimento.
14/11/2019 - 00/00/0000
This is not a talk on astrophysics of star formation, but on geometry, on how the central stars of the Arabic mosaics of the Alhambra are created.
Primordial non-gaussianities or relativistic effects in Large Scale Structures?
13/11/2019 - 00/00/0000
In this talk, I will discuss some aspects of non-linear structure formation. The calculation of the bispectrum usually involves linear physics on large scales and non-linear (but Newtonian) physics on small scales. However, in the squeezed limit, the bispectrum (unlike the power spectrum) couples large scales with small scales.
Star formation, polarization, and magnetic fields in the ALMA era
08/11/2019 - 00/00/0000
New ALMA polarization observations continue to both expand and confound our understanding of the role played by the magnetic field in low-mass star formation. The sample of very young, Class 0 protostellar sources observed with high resolution and high sensitivity with ALMA is now large enough that we are beginning to see the same surprising features in multiple sources.
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