Breaking the Limits: Discovery of the Highest-Energy Photons from a Gamma-Ray Burst
Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are brief and extremely powerful cosmic explosions, suddenly appearing in the sky, about once per day. They are thought to result from the collapse of massive stars or the merging of neutron stars in distant galaxies.
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.
Prizes handed to Capture the Moon winners
The two happy winners of IEEC’s “Capture the Moon” social media competition were officially awarded their prizes.
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.
Black Hole in Globular Clusters
29/11/2019 - 00/00/0000
Globular clusters (GCs) are the outcome of the earliest phases of star and galaxy formation in the Universe. Their high densities foster the formation and hardening of binary black holes (BHs) that can merge via gravitational wave in-spiral.
Gravitational Anomalies in a string-inspired "Running Vacuum Universe'': dynamical inflation, matter-antimatter asymmetry and axion dark matter
28/11/2019 - 00/00/0000
I discuss a string-inspired cosmological model, in which primordial gravitational waves induce condensates of gravitational-anomaly terms, which are in turn responsible for inflation, and the generation of a (massless) gravitational axion background that breaks spontaneously Lorentz (and CPT) symmetry and remains undiluted at the end of inflation.
Unprecedented detection of a GRB up to TeV energies unveils a new spectral component
27/11/2019 - 00/00/0000
The hunt for Gamma-Ray-Bursts (GRBs) at very high energies (VHE) started more than 20 years ago. A hint of emission was already claimed by Milagrito from the observations of GRB 970417. On 19 January 2019, the Major Atmospheric Gamma Imaging Cherenkov (MAGIC) clearly detected GRB 190114C above 0.2 TeV.
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.
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