DESI Opens Its 5000 Eyes to Capture the Colors of the Cosmos
The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), a new instrument designed to accurately map the Universe, begins its final testing stage.
Atmospheric data from the Spanish PAZ satellite reaches meteorological services worldwide in "near real-time" via WMO
PAZ offers well-distributed information on the vertical structure of the atmosphere around the world, with information on temperature, pressure and atmospheric humidity, allowing for more accurate predictions.
Twin baby stars grow in complex network of gas and dust
For the first time, high-resolution images obtained with the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array (ALMA) show a young stellar binary system in which a complex network of accretion filaments is nurturing two proto-stars.
CARMENES: Giant exoplanet around a small star challenges our understanding of how planets form
A study from the CARMENES consortium led by IEEC researchers at ICE (CSIC) reports the discovery of an anomalous planetary system around the nearby red dwarf GJ 3512, located at approximately 30 light-years from us. Although the star is only about a tenth of the mass of the Sun, it possesses at least one gas giant planet.
Mysteriously in-sync pulsar challenges existing theories
Researchers from the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) at the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE, CSIC) have contributed to a research study that, for the first time, detected synchronised pulses of optical and X-ray radiation from a mysterious pulsar. The observations indicate that a new physical mechanism might be needed to explain the behaviour of fast-spinning sources like this one, known as transitional millisecond pulsars.
The Montsec Astronomical Observatory at the heart of Barcelona
Next Thursday, 21 November 2019 at 12 pm, the researcher of the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC — Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya) and staff of the Montsec Astronomical Observatory (OAdM — Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec), Kike Herrero, will give a talk entitled "The immensity of the Montsec sky" at the Espai Provença of Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat.
IA and Space Exploration: An Instructive Debate
Within the activities held on the occasion of the 24th edition of Science Week in Catalonia, yesterday 13 November 2019, the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC — Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya) together with the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE-CSIC) and the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA-CSIC) organized a debate on artificial intelligence and space exploration.
The Transit of Mercury — watch it live
On 11 November 2019, a rare astronomical event is taking place: the transit of Mercury. IEEC’s research unit Institute of Cosmos Sciences (ICC) from the University of Barcelona (UB) invites you to watch the live broadcast of the event at the following link. The broadcast will start at local time 13:35.
The limits of AI in space travel, IEEC’s food for thought at 24th Science Week 2019
The Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC — Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya) joins the celebrations of the Science Week (Setmana de la Ciència), taking place on 8-17 November 2019, with a debate about artificial intelligence (AI).
Magnetic environment and experiments on-board LISA Pathfinder
22/11/2019 - 00/00/0000
The differential acceleration measurement between two free-falling test masses on-board LISA Pathfinder is limited in the low-frequency regime by force noise applied to the test masses.
Reading Physics and the Formation of the Milky Way from Stellar Spectra
22/11/2019 - 00/00/0000
Extracting accurate and precise physical information from stellar spectra is a century-old effort. These spectra are known to contain the information to determine masses, ages, luminosities, velocities and element composition of stars: quantities that form the foundation for a host of astrophysical studies; but it is hard to get this information out.
Sponsor a carolingi
15/11/2019 - 00/00/0000
Have you ever found a skeleton in your backyard? Have you ever found four of them? In this presentation, I will talk about how four tombs helped me to learn a little bit of history, and how it is to have an archeological site at home. Based on a real story.
COSMIC DANCE: A comprehensive census of nearby star forming regions
14/11/2019 - 00/00/0000
The study of star formation is extremely challenging due to the lack of complete and clean samples of young, nearby clusters, and star-forming regions. The recent Gaia DR2 catalogue complemented with the deep, ground-based COSMIC DANCE catalogue offers a new database of unprecedented accuracy to revisit the membership of clusters and star-forming regions.
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