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06/12/2018
The "planet-hunter" CARMENES studies evaporating atmospheres and water vapor beyond the Solar System
 Three studies with the infrared channel of the CARMENES instrument, developed at the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC), are published in the journals "Science" and "Astronomy & Astrophysics". CARMENES opens a door to the study from the ground of the composition of exoplanetary atmospheres, their escape processes and their clouds and aerosols      
27/11/2018
A new instrument for studying galaxies in the local universe from Calar Alto
LUCA is proposed as a new generation instrument for the 3.5 meter telescope of the Calar Alto Observatory (Almería, CAHA). The project, conceived in the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC), has been selected by the advisory committee of the observatory for the funding of the feasibility study, which is managed by the University of Almeria (UAL)
20/11/2018
ESCAPE: Open Science and new paths in the knowledge of the cosmos at all scales
ESCAPE project encompasses some of the world's largest scientific infrastructures in astronomy and particle physics, for the development of a single digital platform for the open use of data. Funded with sixteen million euros by the European Union through the Horizon 2020 program, it represents a unique effort towards Open Science. The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) participates in the project, for its key role in the...
19/11/2018
The complex dynamics of the miniature ring systems of the Solar System
The finding of rings around Solar System bodies that are not planets, such as the dwarf planet Haumea or the centaur Chariklo, showed that these are more common structures than previously thought. A work, in which the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) participates, analyzes the complex dynamics of these miniature rings
16/11/2018
The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) obtains the distinction Center of Excellence Severo Ochoa
The objective of the program is to finance and accredit research centers that demonstrate international impact and leadership
14/11/2018
Super-Earth discovered around the second nearest stellar system
An international team of researchers, with the participation of the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) finds an exoplanet with three times the mass of the Earth. The exoplanet orbits the red dwarf Barnard, the closest star to the Sun after the Alpha Centauri system. The team has used observations taken in 18 years combined with the CARMENES planet-hunter spectrograph at Calar Alto Observatory (CAHA)  
31/10/2018
The researcher Mirjana Povic receives the Nature Research for Inspiring Science Award
Researcher at the Ethiopian Space Sciences and Technology Institute (ESSTI) and associated doctor at 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 special attention to the role of women, and has coordinated and participated in projects in Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Africa, Kenya and Ghana
07/10/2018
Researchers from around the world debate in Granada the latest advances in the observation of the universe in radio
The European VLBI Network (EVN), a network of radio telescopes distributed throughout Europe and Asia, with additional antennas in South Africa and Puerto Rico, holds its fourteenth symposium in Granada. Over one hundred and thirty researchers and technologists from around the world will discuss the latest scientific results and technological developments in the field of radio observation
20/09/2018
CARMENES instrument gets the first exoplanet detection alerts from TESS (MIT-NASA) mission
It is expected that the TESS mission, developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and NASA, finds about one thousand five hundred planets around other stars in its two years of operation. CARMENES spectrograph team, located at the Calar Alto Observatory, has begun to receive the alerts in order to confirm and analyze TESS detections
06/08/2018
The strange case of HuBi1, an inside-out stellar corpse
The physical structure of a planetary nebula resulting from the final evolution of a solar-like star is contrary to that of all other similar sources. A research led by IAA-CSIC concludes it resulted from a born-again event of its central star
10/07/2018
An extraordinarily dense region tests the theory of structure formation in the universe
A halo of dark matter six times denser than expected has been found around a cluster of galaxies. This finding shows that there must be very effective mechanisms, not considered until now, for the accumulation of matter around the great structures that populate the universe
03/07/2018
The atmosphere of Kelt-9b, the hottest known planet, is being dragged towards its star
Similar to Jupiter, Kelt-9 is hotter than some stars. Thanks to the CARMENES instrument at Calar Alto Observatory, astronomers detected an extensive hydrogen envelope around Kelt-9b that escapes and is being captured by the star
19/06/2018
Spain joins the SKA Organisation
SKA is a worldwide scientific and technological project to build the largest radio telescope in the world. The Spanish participation has been led by the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC)
19/06/2018
The star distribution in clusters is established long before stars begin to shine
The analysis of the Pipa nebula, a region of very early star formation, has confirmed that the density of the pre-stellar nuclei determines the geometry of the clusters
14/06/2018
Astronomers See Distant Eruption as Black Hole Destroys Star
First observation of the formation and expansion of a jet of material expelled by a supermassive black hole after destroying a star. The work, led by the University of Turku and the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC), is published in the journal Science
07/06/2018
The strange objects at the center of our galaxy: clouds of gas that behave like stars
They could be stars blowted by the extreme gravity conditions around Sagittarius A *, the supermassive black hole at the galactic center. The results obtained on three of these objects after eleven years of observations with the Keck telescope (Hawaii) have been presented at the meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS)
29/05/2018
The IAA, the only Spanish institution involved in JUICE (ESA), finishes the engineering phase of its contribution to the mission
JUICE, a mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) that will be launched in 2022, will study Jupiter and its moons to analyze the possibilities of the development of life around the gas giant planets. The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) participates in two of the instruments of the mission, the GALA laser altimeter and the JANUS camera
15/05/2018
Gigantic gas outflow generated by numerous supernova explosions detected in Arp 299-A galaxy
Arp 299-A galaxy, which is in the process of merging with another galaxy (Arp299-B), is notable for its intense starbursts and its high rate of supernova production. New observations in radio have allowed to detect a filamentary structure that emanates from the nucleus, which is interpreted as a flow of gas at high speed
25/04/2018
A Study Links Night Exposure to Blue Light with Breast and Prostate Cancer
Researchers used images taken by astronauts to evaluate outdoor lighting in Madrid and Barcelona
03/04/2018
SpaceX Launches ASIM mission (ESA), to study electric discharges in the upper atmosphere from the International Space Station
The launch of the mission took place yesterday, April 2 at 22:30 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida (USA). The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) participates in the analysis of mission data and through ground support with its own instruments
26/02/2018
From Mars Express to Exomars: a complete review of the red planet
While waiting for the first data from the ExoMars 2016 TGO mission (ESA), international experts on the red planet meet in Madrid to review some current challenges and to prepare for the arrival and scientific exploitation of ExoMars
22/02/2018
POLAMI: a project to unravel the secrets of the supermassive black holes at the center of the galaxies
Coordinated by the IAA, it brings together more than twenty researchers from five countries and is the first project of its kind: a long term study of the active galactic nuclei in polarized light
12/02/2018
Solving the Dark Energy Mystery: A New Assignment for a 45-Year-Old Telescope
Kitt Peak National Observatory Prepares for the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument
30/01/2018
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
03/01/2018
Library of galaxy histories reconstructed from motions of stars
The CALIFA survey allows to map the orbits of the stars of a sample of 300 galaxies, a fundamental information to know how they formed and evolved
18/12/2017
CARMENES instrument finds its first exoplanet
The planet HD 147379 b, with a mass slightly higher than Neptune, orbits a very close star
22/11/2017
Artificially lit surfaces on Earth increase more than 2% per year
Light pollution, produced mainly by excessive night lighting or incorrect lighting, is an energy waste that endangers human health and ecosystems. Between 2012 and 2016 artificial night lighting has increased by 9.1%, despite the use of more efficient lighting systems
20/11/2017
MultiDark-Galaxies: a free access virtual universe
An international team of astronomers has created a theoretical model that allows to recreate, in a broad and detailed way, the formation and evolution of the universe. The work provides an unprecedented test bench for new theories about the cosmos
16/10/2017
The merging of two neutron stars allows the first simultaneous study in light and gravitational waves
This is the fifth detection of gravitational waves, but the first in which the counterpart in electromagnetic waves is located and studied. Researchers at the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) take part in several international studies on the phenomenon
11/10/2017
Haumea, the most peculiar of Pluto companions, has a ring around it
The trans-neptunian belt contains four dwarf planets, among which Haumea stands out for its extremely elongated shape and rapid rotation. A stellar occultation makes it possible to establish main physical characteristics of heretofore this little known body – among which most surprising was presence of a ring  
04/10/2017
CARMENES instrument proves its ability to find Earth-like planets
CARMENES, a visible and infrared spectrograph operating from the Calar Alto observatory (Almeria), is studying a sample of three hundred stars in search of Earth-like planets. The first results of the visible channel, derived from the study of seven planetary systems, show its perfect functioning
27/09/2017
The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA), which will observe the most energetic universe from Chile and La Palma, publishes its scientific objectives
With more than a hundred telescopes, the CTA is the largest project of study of the cosmos to high energies conceived. The project, which involves the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC), is under construction and will start operating in 2024
14/09/2017
The unprecedented view of an exoplanet´s atmosphere
Using the FORS2 instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope, astronomers have detected for the first time the presence of a metal oxide in the atmosphere of an exoplanet. This discovery opens the doors for detailed study of chemistry in exoplanetary atmospheres
14/08/2017
The IAA will lead two of the five most advanced studies on supermassive black holes in 2018
The 66 antennas of the ALMA observatory join the Horizon of Events (EHT) telescope for the study of supermassive black holes. Five observation proposals have been approved for 2018, two of them coordinated by the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC)
21/07/2017
First light for MEGARA instrument on the Gran Telescopio Canarias
The new 3D spectroscopy instrument, in which the IAA-CSIC participates, will make its first observations next Monday
20/07/2017
Milky Way could have 100 billion brown dwarfs
Brown dwarfs are objects intermediate in mass between stars and planets, with masses too low to sustain stable hydrogen fusion in their core
04/07/2017
Improved Representation of Solar Variability in Climate Models
New reference data set for model intercomparison studies published
20/06/2017
Red Dots: The Live Search for Terrestrial Planets around Proxima Centauri Continues
The Red Dots campaign will show how astronomers look for planets around Proxima Centauri, Barnard star and Ross 154
17/05/2017
Levels of light pollution soon to double if color of light is not taken into account
Light pollution – produced by an excess of or incorrect nocturnal lighting – doesn’t just waste of energy, it also jeopardizes the health of human beings and ecosystems. Recent study shows importance of color of lighting, which most widely used sensors are blind to
06/06/2017
IMaX, an instrument developed in Spain, analyses in detail the behavior of the Sun in full fledged activity
IMaX, a magnetograph developed for the Sunrise mission, observed the Sun from a stratospheric balloon above the Arctic. A precursor to SoPHI, which will equip the Solar Orbiter mission, IMaX has made key breakthroughs to understand the magnetic field which determines the behavior of the Sun
21/06/2017
Green light to PLATO, ESA's exoearth hunter
With this mission Europe will lead the search for potentially habitable exoplanets. The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia participates in the project
11/04/2017
Rewinding stellar evolution: The last 400,000 years of mass loss from a star
The study of K4-37, a planetary nebula never studied in detail before, allows us to trace back the mass loss history of its last stages as a star. The study makes use of data from Calar Alto and San Pedro Martir (Mexico) observatories
05/04/2017
OCTOCAM, a project lead by IAA astronomers, will be the next facility instrument of the Gemini observatory
The twin Gemini telescopes, one of the most competitive observatories in the world, consists of two 8.1m telescopes in Hawaii and Chile. OCTOCAM will multiply the power of Gemini South by simultaneously observing in eight different bands
21/03/2017
Rosetta mission describes surface change of comet in transit around the sun
Comparative analysis of comet 67P’s surface before and after the perihelion (point on an orbit closest to the sun) reveals numerous changes in its orography, though not on a major scale. Paper published in Science magazine suggests important orographic features of comet 67P date back to previous, more active periods in its history
14/03/2017
SN2015bh: the end of a star or an "impostor" supernova?
Astronomers spot an intense explosion of a massive star, which, according to records, experienced frequent eruptions for at least 20 years. The analysis of the outburst does not allow to discern between a real supernova - an explosive event marks the end of a star - or a giant eruption implying a massive change in the star’s evolutionary course
07/03/2017
Astronomers unveil with outstanding detail the first steps of nascent galaxies in the primeval universe
An international team of astronomers have pushed large telescopes to their current limits to discover a population of tiny newborn galaxies, which shed new light into the first stages of galaxy formation. Although rare, these nascent objects reveal with unprecedented detail the extreme physical conditions that have existed in the first galaxies formed right after the Big Bang
28/02/2017
P/2016 J1: an asteroid that split in two and whose fragments, years later, developed tails
Asteroids, unlike comets, do not usually present tails, but there are some twenty exceptions to this rule. P/2016 J1 is a peculiar case, known as an “asteroid pair”, resulting from the fracture of a parent asteroid
19/01/2017
Stellar formation is observed in a type of galaxy where, in theory, stars are no longer born
CALIFA project allowed to detect, in three early-type galaxies, a very tenuous arms where stars are being formed. The data, obtained with Calar Alto Observatory 3.5m telescope, contradict the widespread belief that in old galaxies stars are no longer born
29/12/2017
The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia launches the app "Let´s go to Mars!"
"Let's go to Mars" is a scientific graphic adventure in which you must land-off in Mars, explore the surface of the planet, build a permanent base for the arrival of your colleagues, collect and analyze Martian samples, and face the many dangers that exist in the red planet

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