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12/04/2021
What ignites the helium halos of early galaxies remains a mystery
A study looks at the galaxy IZw18, an analogue of the first galaxies that appeared in the universe, for the origin of the radiation that produces a helium halo around it    
30/03/2021
MAAT: new “eyes” for the OSIRIS instrument of the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC)
MAAT, a visiting GTC instrument in the preliminary design phase, will bring the technique known as integral field spectroscopy to the OSIRIS instrument    
24/03/2021
Astronomers Image Magnetic Fields at the Edge of M87’s Black Hole
The Event Horizon Telescope reaches a new milestone in astronomical observation by analyzing M87's supermassive black hole in polarized light  
10/03/2021
Observed for the first time a jet of gas as it emerges from the central star of a planetary nebula
Thanks to MEGARA instrument of the Gran Telescopio Canarias, researchers from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) have observed and analyzed the jet of NGC 2392, which points to the existence of a companion star    
04/03/2021
A super-Earth suitable for future atmospheric studies
The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) participates in the discovery of a planet around the red dwarf star Gliese 486, located only 26 light years away    
02/03/2021
Researcher Mirjana Povic receives the Jocelyn Bell Burnell Award from the European Astronomical Society
Researcher at the Ethiopian Institute of Space Science and Technology and a vinculated doctor to the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia, she investigates the formation and evolution of galaxies. She works in the development of science and education in Africa, with a special focus on the role of women, and has coordinated and participated in projects in Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Africa, Kenya and Ghana    
23/02/2021
The Exoplanet Revolution
Didier Queloz, 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of the first exoplanet around a star similar to the Sun, will give a seminar on the planetary systems found to date and their implications for our vision of the universe
15/02/2021
The IAA Advanced School of Planetary Systems, open to the public
Organized within the framework of the Severo Ochoa-IAA project, it addresses our knowledge of exoplanetary systems from a broad and updated context    
10/02/2021
ExoMars mission discovers new gas and tracks water loss on Mars
The ExoMars-TGO orbiter, from the European Space Agency and Roscosmos, finds hydrogen chloride in the Martian atmosphere, produced by the release of salt embedded in the planet's surface. The ExoMars data also allow quantifying the loss of water on the red planet and establishing the mechanisms that contribute to the process    
04/02/2021
The largest radioastronomy observatory in the world, SKAO, is born
Spain is among the participating countries in the SKA Observatory (SKAO), an intergovernmental organization that will open a new era in radioastronomy. The Minister of Science, Pedro Duque, has highlighted that it is a milestone that will revolutionize astronomy and other scientific and technological fields. Spanish participation in SKA is led by the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC)      
03/02/2021
A "magnifying glass" look at one of the largest known centaurs
Thanks to a stellar occultation, astronomers were able to observe and determine the characteristics of 2002 GZ32, a centaur with a diameter of almost 400 kilometers on its major axis. Known for more than forty years, we have little information about this group of icy objects orbiting the Sun between the orbits of Jupiter and Neptune  
19/01/2021
The IAA develops a study that shows a decrease in light pollution in Granada during confinement
Although similar studies have been carried out in other countries, this is the only one that has obtained results thanks to the combination of observations from the satellite and from the ground    
14/01/2021
A study of the radio emission of Proxima Centauri, the closest planetary system, opens a new path for the study of exoplanets
Researchers from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) are leading an ambitious radio observation project that shows that extrasolar planets can be detected with radio telescopes  
11/12/2020
Triple planetary conjunction: an ideal opportunity to enjoy the night sky
This December, due to the alignment of the Earth, Jupiter and Saturn, we will be able to see the giant planets of the Solar System very close in the sky. Many activities are being organized to enjoy the event    
10/12/2020
RoadMap: studying the ubiquitous yet poorly known Martian dust
As part of the European Horizon 2020 program, the RoadMap project (Role and impact of dust and clouds in the Martian atmosphere) has just started    
03/12/2020
The Stingray nebula, the youngest known, is fading
Observations with the Hubble Space Telescope show how this young nebula has lost its brightness and changed shape in just two decades    
30/11/2020
MHONGOOSE begins to study the weak atomic gas that surrounds galaxies, key in their evolution
MHONGOOSE, a legacy project of the MeerKAT radiointerferometer, South African precursor to the Square Kilometer Array, produces its first results. They have been obtained in its preparatory phase, thus anticipating the window that will open to the understanding of the formation and evolution of galaxies  
23/11/2020
Ariel mission moves from blueprint to reality
The mission, developed by the European Space Agency (ESA) and scheduled for launch in 2029, has moved from the study phase to the implementation phase, which involves selecting an industrial contractor to build the spacecraft. The Institute de Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) participates in Ariel through two of its scientific working groups    
05/11/2020
Published the new J-PLUS catalog, with almost twenty million celestial objects
The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) participates in the project, coordinated by the Center for the Study of Physics of the Cosmos of Aragon (CEFCA)    
04/11/2020
Rapid radio bursts detected in our Galaxy
The identification of a source producing very short duration radio bursts in our own galaxy, the Milky Way, is presented in three articles in the journal Nature. Studies suggest that a magnetar, a neutron star with a very intense magnetic field, would be behind this phenomenon    
23/10/2020
Confirmed the existence of a new electrical phenomenon in the atmosphere: blue flashes produced by cold electrical discharges
Unlike lightning, these electrical discharges very efficiently activate certain chemical reactions that can produce nitrous oxide and ozone, gases that contribute to the greenhouse effect. The study, led by researchers from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC), has been possible thanks to data provided by the ASIM space mission of the European Space Agency (ESA)  
23/10/2020
The Galactic Center: a unique laboratory for the study of black holes
Andrea Ghez, Nobel Prize in Physics 2020, will give an online conference on the center of the Milky Way next Thursday, October 29    
23/09/2020
Wobbling Shadow of the M87* Black Hole
Analysis of the Event Horizon Telescope observations from 2009-2017 reveals turbulent evolution of the M87* black hole image
The SO/PHI instrument, on board the Solar Orbiter mission, obtains the first autonomous magnetic map of the Sun 16/07/2020
The SO/PHI instrument, on board the Solar Orbiter mission, obtains the first autonomous magnetic map of the Sun
The SO/PHI instrument, on board the Solar Orbiter mission, obtains the first autonomous magnetic map of the Sun
IAA researchers participate in GRANDMA, an international network for the study of gravitational wave sources 16/07/2020
IAA researchers participate in GRANDMA, an international network for the study of gravitational wave sources
IAA researchers participate in GRANDMA, an international network for the study of gravitational wave sources
First technical light of the JPCam panoramic camera at the Javalambre Astrophysical Observatory 16/07/2020
First technical light of the JPCam panoramic camera at the Javalambre Astrophysical Observatory
First technical light of the JPCam panoramic camera at the Javalambre Astrophysical Observatory
25/06/2020
Two super-Earths found around the brightest red dwarf star in our solar neighborhood
The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) participates in the discovery of a multiple planetary system around GJ887, a star located 10.7 light years away    
15/06/2020
Detection of the green line of oxygen in the atmosphere of Mars
NOMAD instrument, aboard the ExoMars (ESA) mission in orbit around Mars, has detected this diurnal emission of atmospheric oxygen for the first time outside Earth. The green line provides information on the composition and dynamics of the atmosphere, and this detection has also allowed to resolve a controversy between atmospheric measurements on land and atomic calculations    
10/06/2020
Astronomers discover that novae, a type of explosions in double star systems, expand non-stop
The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) participates in the study of the expansion of the shell of material ejected by various nova explosions. They find that, contrary to what was assumed, novae expand unrestrained until their end, when they end up dissipating in the interstellar medium    
04/06/2020
First detection in autumn of an elevated stratopause, a winter atmospheric phenomenon
Researchers from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia detect, in data files from 2009, an elevated stratopause in November, a phenomenon never seen outside the winter period
22/05/2020
IAA cosmic dust laboratory reinvents itself to study the detection of coronavirus on surfaces
The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) is involved in a project financed by the Carlos III Health Institute for the development of a prototype to analyze surfaces contaminated by SARS-CoV-2. The IAA will contribute with polarimetry studies to the project, which already combines image acquisition in the entire optical and sub-millimeter range and its analysis with artificial intelligence    
05/05/2020
The IAA studies the influence of state of alarm on light pollution levels
The project, developed by the IAA-CSIC Sky Quality Office and with the support of the Granada City Council, will analyze how current environmental conditions have affected light pollution levels        
07/04/2020
The Event Horizon Telescope reveals unexpected structures in quasar 3C279
About a year ago, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration released the first image of a black hole. They have now looked in detail at the high-speed jet of material emerging from a supermassive black hole    
07/04/2020
The merger of two galaxies generates the juvenile version of a blazar, one of the most energetic objects known
The first unequivocal detection of a jet of material at very high speed emerging from a galaxy in collision with another has been obtained. The jet emerges from the galaxy's central supermassive black hole and is seen head-on, a precursor structure to the formation of a blazar  
27/03/2020
A companion star: possible origin of the complex shapes of planetary nebulae
Data from the TESS space telescope show variability in a sample of planetary nebulae, compatible with the presence of a companion star. This binarity could explain the complex morphologies of these objects, which result from the death of low and intermediate mass stars
10/03/2020
The metamorphosis of a star in the final phases of its life
ALMA radiotelescope captured a star in its evolution towards a planetary nebula
09/03/2020
A thesis developed at the IAA is awarded the 2020 MERAC 2020 in new technologies (Instrumental)
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)
06/03/2020
A more sustainable observatory: Calar Alto will be converted into an “energy island”
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
04/03/2020
MEGARA instrument enters the heart of the active galaxy NGC 7469
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
02/03/2020
Astronomers get the whole film of how a black hole ejects matter and interacts with the medium
The black hole, which forms a binary system with a sun-like star, experienced an ejection of matter that transported gas over huge distances
25/02/2020
A study reveals what the seeds of the solid bodies of the Solar System looked like: porous dust particles a few millimetres long
The IAA is leading an investigation that shows, for the first time experimentally, the features of the particles of a comet's nucleus   
24/02/2020
The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia, Medal of Andalusia 2020
Awarded by the Junta de Andalucía, the IAA-CSIC obtains the Medal of Research, Science and Health
24/02/2020
The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia receives the visit of its External Scientific Advisory Board
Appointed by the presidency of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), the Board is made up of ten internationally renowned experts
18/02/2020
More than three hundred planet-forming disks around young stars found in the Orion Clouds
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
10/02/2020
International Day of Women and Girls in Science
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
06/02/2020
Solar Orbiter mission takes off towards its orbit around the Sun
The mission, which will observe the Sun from an unprecedented perspective, will study both solar physics and the influence of the Sun on the interplanetary environment. The Institute de Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) co-leads SO/PHI, the largest of the ten instruments on board the mission
15/01/2020
Indications of the existence of a second planet around Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun
With a minimum mass of about six times that of the Earth, the planet would revolve around the star at 1.5 times the distance between the Earth and the Sun. This study adds to previous work that points to the existence of a complex planetary system around Proxima Centauri
16/12/2019
IAA researchers discover an extremely violent episode in the history of the Milky Way, with over a hundred thousand supernova explosions
A survey with an unprecedented resolution of the central regions of our galaxy reveals its full history of star formation, which presents steep ups and downs in star formation. There are indications of a burst of star formation so intense that it caused more than one hundred thousand supernova explosions
10/12/2019
Astronomers observe the approach of the stars of a binary system due to the emission of gravitational waves
The system is composed of two white dwarf stars that revolve around the common centre of mass every twenty minutes, and which are gradually approaching. The work, in which the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) participates, shows that the stars have “flattened out” and have an ellipsoidal shape due to the tidal forces
26/06/2019
The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) participates in Comet Interceptor, ESA's new mission to study a pristine comet
IAA collaborates in the development of four of the nine instruments on board the mission

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