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Global Gaia campaign reveals secrets of stellar pair
22/01/2020
A 500-day global observation campaign, that included IEEC researchers, spearheaded more than three years ago by the ESA’s galaxy-mapping project Gaia has provided unprecedented insights into the binary system of stars that caused an unusual brightening of an even more distant star.
IEEC researchers at the heart of new space mission to study the state of matter under extreme conditions
21/01/2020
Meeting in Barcelona on 21-22 January 2020 will kick off the eXTP X-ray satellite mission for the Spanish astronomy community
Proxima Centauri amazes us again: a possible second low-mass planet is found orbiting the nearest star to the Sun
15/01/2020
The candidate planet is orbiting the star at a distance 1.5 times greater than that separating the Earth from the Sun
TESS dates an ancient collision with our galaxy
13/01/2020
The observation of a bright star with NASA's TESS space telescope has provided new information about an encounter that would have happened between the Milky Way and a smaller galaxy about 12.5 billion years ago.
Launch of the CHEOPS telescope, the space mission that will take drawings of Spanish children in search of exoplanets
10/12/2019
Next week, the European space telescope CHEOPS will be launched from French Guiana to study extrasolar planets.
 
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Science and development of eXTP in Spain
15/01/2020
The eXTP X-ray satellite (enhanced X-ray Timing and Polarimetry Mission) is a Sino-European scientific space mission proposal designed to study the state of matter in extreme conditions of density, gravity and magnetism. eXTP includes two European instruments, based on the LOFT (Large Observatory For X-ray Timing) mission, a proposal selected by ESA for feasibility study (phase A) in the M3 call; this study was completed in 2013 with an excellent evaluation, but LOFT was not selected for launch.
Merry Christmas!
20/12/2019
May the good times and treasures of the present become the golden memories of tomorrow. Wishing you love, joy and happiness. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2020!
CHEOPS, the mission in search of exoplanets, successfully launched
18/12/2019
With a day's delay over the initial schedule, today, 18 December 2019, at 9:54 am CET (05:54 am local time in French Guiana), the CHEOPS (CHaracterizing Exoplanet Satellite) mission, has successfully been launched. CHEOPS is a space telescope that aims to study new planets outside the solar system – the so-called exoplanets. 
Technology made in IEEC in the UCAnFly nanosatellite, a finalist in ESA's “Fly Your Satellite!” programme
11/12/2019
The nanosatellite UCAnFly, from the Superior School of Engineering (ESI) of the University of Cadiz, has managed to sneak into the finalists of the “Fly Your Satellite!” programme of the European Space Agency (ESA).
Electromagnetic counterpart of gravitational wave events
24/01/2020 - 00/00/0000
In the last few years, the gravitational wave (GW) interferometers LIGO and Virgo proved their ability to detect compact mergers and, with the spectacular case of GW 170817. Thanks to them, it is clear that there is a lot to learn from the prompt identification of the electromagnetic counterpart of the GW trigger.
Revealing the structure of the Milky Way via parallax observations of maser sources
23/01/2020 - 00/00/0000
Edwin Hubble showed in 1926 that galaxies can be classified into three groups depending on their shape: ellipticals, spirals and irregulars. We know that our own Galaxy has a spiral shape. However, the details of the galactic structure like the number of spiral arms or their exact location are still under debate. In the first part of this talk, I will present recent efforts to unveil the structure of our Milky Way, a complicated endeavour due to our position in the Galaxy.
Corpuscular scaling relations in bootstrapped Newtonian gravity
23/01/2020 - 00/00/0000
The corpuscolar model describes black holes as condensates of a large number of gravitons at the critical point. Therefore, self-gravitating systems are depicted as purely quantum states with no central singularity, marking a clear departure from the usual semi-classical picture of quantum field theory on curved (classical) backgrounds.
Science and development of eXTP in Spain
21/01/2020 - 22/01/2020
The eXTP X-ray satellite (enhanced X-ray Timing and Polarimetry Mission) is a Sino-European scientific space mission proposal designed to study the state of matter in extreme conditions of density, gravity and magnetism. The expected launch date of eXTP is 2027.
 
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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