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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
02/12/2019
Astronomers find a star that hides, among its pulsations, flares millions of times more intense than those of the Sun
Observations with the Kepler satellite allow surface activity to be found in stars where, according to theoretical models, it should not occur. In the sample highlights the star KIC 9716385, which presents, hidden between its pulsations, flares millions of times more intense than the solar ones
20/11/2019
Collapsing star breaks the records in very high energy photons production
MAGIC telescopes, on the island of La Palma, detect photons in the range of teraelectronvolts in a gamma ray explosion (GRB), the product of the death of a very massive star. The detection, which requires contemplating new mechanisms in the energy production of GRBs, provides a fundamental perspective to complete our understanding of these events
20/11/2019
Public Surveys and new instrumentation for Calar Alto Observatory
Calar Alto Observatory opens a call for new instrumentation projects
The Eskimo Nebula  (NGC2392) 07/11/2019
An invisible companion could explain the strong X-ray emission of the Eskimo Nebula.
An international group of astronomers led by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía finds a periodic variation in the X-ray emission of the central star of the Eskimo Nebula.  
28/10/2019
Five thousand "eyes" to capture the colors of the cosmos
The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) sees first light. DESI, a project with the participation of the IAA-CSIC, will improve the understanding of the role of dark energy in the history of the expansion of the universe
GALACTICNUCLEUS will allow to study the stellar population surrounding the super-massive black hole of the galactic centre with unprecedented detail 14/10/2019
The first results of the GALACTICNUCLEUS project, the most detailed star catalogue of the galactic centre, are published
GALACTICNUCLEUS will allow to study the stellar population surrounding the super-massive black hole of the galactic centre with unprecedented detail
06/10/2019
CARMENES finds an anomalous planetary system that challenges our understanding of how planets form
CARMENES finds an anomalous planetary system that challenges our understanding of how planets form
Imagen del "Quinteto de Stephan" tomada con SITELLE 19/09/2019
Rediscovering the "Stephan's Quintet"
Researchers from the IAA-CSIC has completed a detailed study of the so-called "Stephan's Quintet", a paradigmatic compact system of  galaxies.  
09/09/2019
The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) receives the distinction Center of Excellence Severo Ochoa
The official delivery of these distinction to scientific excellence is celebrated in Madrid  
06/09/2019
IAA researchers, in the "Oscars of Science"
The Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, endowed with three million dollars, has been awarded to the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) international collaboration, which obtained the first image of a black hole. Two researchers from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) participate in the collaboration, which brings together 347 researchers  
27/08/2019
A distant stellar collision with the shine of precious metals
A signature similar to the gold and platinum producing explosion observed in light and gravitational waves in 2017 is found in the data of a 2016 gamma ray explosion. This confirms that heavy elements are produced in kilonovas, bursts that result from the fusion of very compact objects, such as neutron stars or black holes
31/07/2019
Space and ground-based observations reveal a planetary trio around a nearby star
Combining data from the TESS satellite and from various instruments on the ground, CARMENES among others, leads to the detection of a multiple planetary system around a nearby star. The work, which involves researchers from Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC), opens the door to the detailed study of multiple planetary systems       
25/07/2019
The orbit of a star around the supermassive black hole of the Milky Way confirms the validity of Einstein's theory of relativity
The star S2 draws an ellipse around Sagittarius A *, the black hole of the galactic nucleus, and its monitoring over twenty-six years has allowed studying the gravity in extreme environments. Researchers from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) participate in the results, which are published in the journal Science
17/07/2019
25th anniversary of the impact of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 against Jupiter
Between July 16 and 24, 1994, comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 hit Jupiter. Every observatory in the world was watching this unique event in history.
02/07/2019
Massive stars prefer high-order multiplicity over binarity
MONOS project studies the binary or multiple systems formed by the most massive stars
18/06/2019
CARMENES finds two temperate terrestrial planets around Teegarden´s star, a small nearby star
CARMENES is a visible and infrared spectrograph that operates from the Calar Alto Observatory. Researchers from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) participate in the research, which collected data from different astronomical facilities, including the Sierra Nevada Observatory (OSN)
05/06/2019
TESS first light on stellar physics sheds light on roAp stars, the extreme pulsators
TESS data has allowed to find five roAp, a type of rare stars that shows rapid pulsations, intense magnetic fields and a peculiar chemical composition

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