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.
Planetary Trio with Possibly Habitable World
The CARMENES spectrograph in Calar Alto, Spain, has contributed measurements to a study of exoplanets around GJ 357, a star that lies 31 light years away from us and is about one third the size of the Sun. A planet discovered by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) around this star triggered new observations and a careful revision of all the data existing on the star.
IEEC joins Panoramic festival to celebrate how space inspires art
The Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC — Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya) invites you to the third edition of Festival Panoràmic, the festival of photography, cinema and new media, that focuses on celebrating 50 years since humans stepped on the Moon. The event takes place between 17 – 20 October 2019.
Capture the Moon contest winners
We are happy to announce the winners of the IEEC „Capture the Moon” social media competition that challenged people to take a photo of the Moon with a phone or camera, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing.
Open doors for World Space Week
World Space Week (WSW) is starting today in Barcelona and all around the world – an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition. Three locations where members of the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC — Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya) work will open their doors to the general public: the Montsec Astronomical Observatory (6 October), the UPC Clean Room (7 October) and the MELiSSA pilot plant (10 October).
GAIA and ICC (IEEC-UB) on the cover of the Spanish magazine Astronomía
The article about the GAIA mission signed by the researchers from the Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC) at the Institut de Ciències del Cosmos (ICC-UB) Mercè Romero, Lola Balaguer and Jordi Portell is on the cover of the Spanish magazine Astronomía.
Weak lensing with uncertain redshifts
16/10/2019 - 00/00/0000
The cosmological conclusions of weak lensing surveys are very sensitive to the assumed redshift distributions of sources placed in different tomographic bins. In reality, these distributions are not known quantities, so from a Bayesian perspective, they should be treated as random objects, constrained by data.
The (endless) quest for obscured AGN
15/10/2019 - 00/00/0000
In the last twenty years, X-ray surveys have revealed that a significant fraction of accretion through cosmic time is obscured. In this talk I will highlight some recent results obtained by combining the strength of deep X-ray observations (as those in the Chandra Deep Field North and South, and COSMOS) with optical/mid-IR information.
Stellar Population of galaxies and their evolution
11/10/2019 - 00/00/0000
In this talk, I will present my research trajectory to the ICE. I will review some of the main observed galaxy properties and relations and how they change across cosmic time.
Inflationary universe in F(R) gravity with antisymmetric tensor fields and their suppression during its evolution
07/10/2019 - 00/00/0000
The intriguing question, why the present scale of the universe is free from any perceptible footprints of rank-2 antisymmetric tensor fields (generally known as Kalb-Ramond fields), is addressed. A quite natural explanation of this issue is given from the angle of higher-curvature gravity, both in four- and five-dimensional spacetime.
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