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 releases anniversary image of the Moon in celebration of 50 years since humankind set foot on a celestial body
On 20 July 1969, at approximately 20:17:40 UTC, the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle landed at the site called Tranquility Base, in the south-western corner of the lunar lava-plain called Mare Tranquillitatis ("Sea of Tranquility"). The landing area where the intrepid space explorers set their foot for the first time in history, is marked in this image taken with the Joan Oró Telescope (TJO) from the Montsec Observatory (Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec, OAdM).
CARMENES finds two temperate Earth-mass planets around a nearby small star
Researchers from the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC — Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya) have participated in an international study carried out by the CARMENES consortium, which has discovered two small, terrestrial planets around Teegarden’s Star. The planets have masses similar to Earth and their temperatures could be mild enough to sustain liquid water on their surfaces. Observations were carried out with the CARMENES instrument in Calar Alto (Spain), as well as several other smaller complementary facilities, including IEEC’s Telescopi Joan Oró, at the Montsec Astronomical Observatory. The scientific paper is led by researchers at the University of Göttingen and appears in Astronomy & Astrophysics.
The analysis of a meteorite reveals secrets about the birth of the Solar System
Research led by the University of Arizona in collaboration with IEEC-UPC has led to the discovery of a meteorite grain forged during the final phases of a star that disappeared a long time ago.
Primordial comet fragment discovered inside meteorite gives clues to the origin of the Solar System
Using the only international repository of NASA’s Antarctic meteorites based in Spain, at ICE, a study co-led by IEEC–CSIC has revealed a comet fragment inside the carbonaceous chondrite meteorite LaPaz 02342
Capture the Moon with your phone and win a refracting telescope or a binoculars starter kit
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary since the first humans set foot on the Moon, the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) is launching a social media competition, inviting you to spot the Moon in the sky. The deadline for the social media competition has been extended to 31 August 2019.
IEEC Annual Report 2018 released
IEEC is proud to present its Annual Report for the year 2018. This document gathers the outcomes and the main results of the research activities and projects that have been carried out by the nearly 200 IEEC members.
The Montsec Astronomical Observatory opens its doors to the public
At 1,570 meters, the Montsec Astronomical Observatory (OAdM) is located in one of the most suitable areas on the European continent for astronomical observation, thanks to the combination of weather conditions and the low effect of light pollution.
The ATTRACT Consortium grants funding to develop a new hybrid detector
The team of engineers and researchers from the Institute of Cosmos Sciences (IEEC-ICCUB), led by David Gascón, has been granted an ATTRACT grant to develop an integrated signal processing for a new generation of active hybrid single photon sensors.
The 1908 Tunguska Event: 111 years after, it still makes you think
12/07/2019 - 00/00/0000
On June 30th, 1908, an explosion flattened more than two thousands square kilometres of Siberian taigà. During the following 111 years, several theories were proposed to explain the observed features. Basically, there is a general agreement on the collision of the Earth with a cosmic body, but still today there are doubts on the exact dynamics of the phenomenon and the nature of the body (comet or asteroid?). Particularly, I will address the atmospheric fragmentation and the possibility of a ground impact.
Disentangling nature from nurture: tracing the origin of the first black holes
11/07/2019 - 00/00/0000
Black holes appear be ubiquitous in the universe – most galaxies, if not all, appear to host a supermassive one in their nucleus. The origin of the first, seed black holes, however, remains an open question. Observationally detected bright quasars powered by accreting black holes are found to be in place when the universe was a fraction of its current age and accounting for their existence necessitates rapid growth from a new class of initial seeds.
eXTP Wide Field Monitor (WFM) Meeting + eXTP Science Requirements Meeting
09/07/2019 - 12/07/2019
International meeting of the WFM instrument team, in order to prepare the documentation package to be submitted to ESA at the end of July 2019, and to discuss the tasks related to phase B1.
High Energy Phenomena in Relativistic Outflows VII (HEPRO VII)
09/07/2019 - 11/07/2019
The High Energy Phenomena in Relativistic Outflows (HEPRO) conference series are devoted to the discussion of the latest and more relevant observational, phenomenological, and theoretical developments in the field of high-energy astrophysics related to systems displaying relativistic winds and jets.
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