ESA presents first LISA Pathfinder results
Media representatives are invited to a briefing on the first results from ESA’s LISA Pathfinder mission, a technology demonstrator for the observation of gravitational waves from space.The media briefing is being organised by the European Space Agency at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in Villanueva de la Cañada, Madrid, Spain, on Tuesday, 7 June, 11:30–13:00 CEST. Doors open at 11:00 CEST.
ESA’s Integral Picture of May, the detection of the first thermonuclear supernova with gamma rays
The work, which has involved the Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CSIC), has been published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics
The spiral galaxy NGC 2841, picture of April of the Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec
Each month the Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec (OAdM) of IEEC publishes an outstanding image from the observations made there. In April, the protagonist of the image of the month is the spiral galaxy NGC 2841.
Transit of Mercury observation on May 9th
On Monday May 9th Mercury will transit the Sun. For seven hours its silhouette will be projected on the bright disk of the Sun. The Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CSIC) , the Institute of Cosmos Sciences (IEEC-UB) and the department of Quantum Physics and Astrophysics of the UB have organized various activities to observe the transit of Mercury.
A review of Laura Tolós, cover of the April issue of the journal Reviews of Modern Physics
The researcher at the Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CISC) Laura Tolos has published with several authors a Colloquium paper in the journal Reviews of Modern Physics on the techniques used in measuring the neutron star equation of state using x-ray timing.
Spain and Japan agree on the installation of four new telescopes on the island of La Palma
The telescopes will form part of the future Cherenkov Telescope Array in the Northern Hemisphere (CTA-North) at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory
Sant Cugat Forum on Astrophysics brings together one hundred of international experts in forming solar systems
From 18 to 22 April Sant Cugat hosts the 4th edition of Forum on Astrophysics which will focus on young solar systems. These conferences are held every two years and have become a meeting point for scientists around the world. The first edition of the Forum was held in 2010 and Sant Cugat became the permanent venue of the meeting thanks to an agreement between the City Council and the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC).
Owl Nebula, picture of March of Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec
Each month the Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec (OAdM) of IEEC publishes an outstanding image from the observations made. In March, the protagonist of the picture of the month is the Owl Nebula.
La Pedrera, the perfect scenario to talk about gravitational waves
On March 17th, the building La Pedrera in Barcelona was the scenario of the Ciència Afterwork first session organized by the Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera. The protagonists of the talk were gravitational waves, the researcher at the Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CSIC) Carlos F. Sopuerta and the director of the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), Lluís Torner.
The IEEC participates in the Saló de l’Ensenyament
Researchers at the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) participated in the Espai Ciència at the Saló de l’Ensenyamentt held from 9 to 13 March at the Fira de Barcelona. This section of the Hall is organized by the Catalan Foundation of Research and Innovation (FCRI) in order to attract young people to science and to promote scientific and technological vocations.
LISA Pathfinder, a laboratory in space
Following a long series of tests, ESA’s LISA Pathfinder has started its science mission to prove key technologies and techniques needed to observe gravitational waves from space. Predicted by Albert Einstein a century ago, gravitational waves are fluctuations in the fabric of spacetime produced by exotic astronomical events such as supernova explosions or the merging of two black holes.
Thor’s helmet nebula, picture of February of the Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec
Each month the Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec (OAdM) of IEEC publishes an outstanding image from the observations made. In February, the protagonist of the picture of the month is Thor’s Helmet Nebula.
The CHEOPS mission announces the drawings from Spanish children travelling to space
The CHEOPS mission (CHaracterizing ExOplanet Satellite) of the European Space Agency has announced the drawings that will travel into space aboard its telescope. CHEOPS is scheduled for launch at the beginning of 2018 and its goal is to observe new planets outside the Solar System. CHEOPS has randomly selected 297 out of the nearly 4,500 drawings sent by Spanish children in response to the call and the results can be found on the official website of the project: http://www.cheops.es.
LISA Pathfinder releases successfully test masses which are already in free fall inside the spacecraft
Completed the most delicate operation of mission LISA Pathfinder of ESA which will test the technology that will allow to detect gravitational waves in space. It has been released the second test mass; the first one was released yesterday morning. For the first time, the two masses (a pair of identical 46 mm gold–platinum cubes) in the heart of the spacecraft are floating freely. The cubes sit 38 cm apart linked only by laser beams that measure the accurate distance at every moment.
Are we able to divert potentially hazardous asteroids?
Next June 30 is the Asteroid International Day which celebrates the largest asteroid impact known until now on Earth. It was Tunguska in 1908. In this context, the Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CSIC), the Royal Academy Science and Arts of Barcelona, the Academia Europaea and the Astronomical Association of Sant Cugat-Valldoreix (AASCV) have organized an outreach event about initiatives undertaken by scientists and space agencies to increase our ability to predict and mitigate the effects of potential impact of an asteroid on Earth.