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The new camera LAIA begins operations at the Joan Oró telescope
12/12/2018
A new instrument has just been installed at the Joan Oró telescope (TJO) of the Montsec Astronomical Observatory (OAdM). The instrument is a new image camera that will expand the performance of the system thanks to a larger field of view.
The CARMENES planet hunter detects comet-like tail of helium and water in atmospheres of giant exoplanets
06/12/2018
Researchers of the CARMENES consortium detected atoms and molecules in the atmospheres of hot Jupiter exoplanets, which could help us understand how planet atmospheres evolve over time. The findings come from several dedicated observations obtained in the last two years with the CARMENES spectrograph — a planet hunting instrument installed at the 3.5-m telescope in Calar Alto.
From gamma rays to X-rays: New method pinpoints previously unnoticed pulsar emission
22/11/2018
A research team of the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE) and Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) provides a novel tool to investigate the mysterious mechanisms of pulsar emission. The discovery will be important to understand the fascinating nature of pulsars and use them for space navigation in the future. The Astrophysical Journal Letters published the study on the 21st November.
A nanosatellite developed at the UPC has been placed in orbit with six experiments on board
22/11/2018
The small satellite 3Cat-1 was successfully launched at 5:30 a.m. (local time) from the Sriharikota space base (India) aboard the PSLV-C43 rocket. The launch, funded by the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC), comes after four attempts in recent years.
Our stellar neighbourhood is getting crowded – Planet discovered orbiting the second closest stellar system to the Earth
14/11/2018
An international team of astronomers led by Ignasi Ribas of the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) and Institute of Space Sciences (ICE, CSIC) has found a cold super-Earth in orbit around Barnard’s star, the closest single star to the Sun and second only to the Alpha Centauri triple stellar system.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
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Meeting a neighbour: the discovery of Barnard b
10/12/2018
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
17/10/2018
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)
17/10/2018
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
19/09/2018
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.
EVENTS
 
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ICCUB CONFERENCE: Ten years with Timepix
25/10/2018 - 25/10/2018
Engaging school children with cutting edge physics and technology has led to the development of a school research institute where students contribute in space science, particle physics and now across the sciences.
ICCUB SEMINAR: Measurements of Degree-Scale B-mode Polarization with the BICEP/Keck Experiments at South Pole
25/09/2018 - 25/09/2018
The BICEP and Keck experiments, located at the South Pole, are currently observing the polarized microwave sky at the degree scale using refractive telescopes. They are searching for a signature of primordial gravitational waves in the so-called B modes of the cosmic microwave background (CMB), parametrized with the tensor-to-scalar ratio r.
ICCUB SEMINAR: Formation and evolution of GCs in a cosmological context: the E-MOSAICS project
19/09/2018 - 19/09/2018
By Marta Reina Campos (Heidelberg University). Globular clusters (GCs) are massive (mostly M>1e5 Msun), metal-poor (mostly sub-solar) and old (mostly > 10 Gyr) stellar clusters that have remained gravitationally bound till the present day.
Third Barcelona Technoweek – Course on Semiconductor Detectors
02/07/2018 - 06/07/2018
Barcelona Techno weeks are a series of meeting point events around a technological topic of interest for both academia and industry. They include comprehensive multidisciplinary keynote presentations by world experts that are combined with networking activities to foster collaboration among participants.
 
PICTURE OF THE MONTH
 
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Zodiacal light from OAdM | Image of March 2018 | IEEC - Kike Herrero
13/03/2018
The ring nebula | Image of November 2017 | IEEC
04/12/2017
 
Association of stars NGC 206 | Image of October 2017 | IEEC
07/11/2017
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