The optical engineer Concepción Cárdenas Vázquez has been awarded the MERAC Prize for the Best Doctoral Thesis in New Technologies (Instrumental) by the European Astronomical Society (EAS). The thesis encompasses the development of PANIC, an infrared, wide-field camera that operates on the Calar Alto Observatory

Calar Alto Observatory, scientifically co-managed by the IAA-CSIC, starts its energy transition thanks to a ERDF (European Regional Development Fund)-supported project. Using biomass and solar energy will considerably reduce the ecological footprint of the observatory, as well as the costs associated to its energy needs

A study led by the IAA-CSIC has revealed the existence of two rotating gas discs in the vicinity of the galaxy's supermassive black hole, as well as a third component that points to turbulent movements. MEGARA, a 3D spectrograph operating at the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC), demonstrates its ability to study the motion of gas and stars in galaxies in unprecedented detail

The black hole, which forms a binary system with a sun-like star, experienced an ejection of matter that transported gas over huge distances. An extensive observation campaign made it possible to follow the evolution of the ejected material, which shows how the black hole feeds back into the interstellar medium

The IAA is leading an investigation that shows, for the first time experimentally, the features of the particles of a comet's nucleus. Comets are considered to be pristine bodies, barely modified since their formation at the origin of the Solar System, and hide the key to how particles began to aggregate to form larger bodies

Awarded by the Andalusian Government, the IAA-CSIC obtains the Medal of Research, Science and Health

IAA-CSIC researchers have also obtained the Flag of Granada for their participation in obtaining the first image of a black hole

Appointed by the presidency of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), the Board is made up of ten internationally renowned experts. Its function is to analyze the work carried out in the center, guarantee its excellence and provide advice on future actions

ALMA and VLA radiotelescopes enter the Orion Clouds, a stellar nursery that reveals how newborn stars evolve and develop protoplanetary discs. Researchers from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) participate in the work, which constitutes the largest survey of this type performed to date

The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia joins the celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which seeks to make visible the scientific work of women and promote vocations in girls


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