The Head of the Department of Economy, Knowledge and Employment of the Canary Government visits the IAC
From left to right: Rafael Rebolo, Director of the IAC, Elena Máñez, Head of the Dept. of Economy, Knowledge and Employment of the Canary Government, Casiana Muñón-Tuñón, Deputy Director of the IAC, and Carlos Andrés Navarro, Director of the ACIISI.
Elena Máñez Rodríguez, the Head of the Department of Economy, Knowledge and Employment of the Canary Government paid a visit this morning to the headquarters of the IAC in La Laguna, together with Carlos Andrés Navarro Martínez, the Director of the Canary Agency of Research, Innovation and the Information Society (ACIISI) accompanied by Rafael Rebolo López and Casiana Muñoz Tuñón, the Director and Deputy Director of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias.
During their visit to the installations of the IAC they were informed of the current situation of the IAC and of the Canary Observatories. Máñez will also be present at the annual meeting of the Governing Council of the IAC which will take place next month in La Laguna.
Sucessful test of new technology which should help to discover “other Earths”
A scientific team, led by the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, with participation from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, confirms the high degree of precision of the new calibration system known as a “laser frequency comb” which could be the key to the detection of planets like the Earth. The study is published in the journal Nature Astronomy.
Research in the Canary Island observatories, main theme of the recent meeting of their International Scientific Committee
The International Scientific Committee (CCI for its Spanish initials) of the Canary Island Observatories offers the mechanism by which the institutions which are members to participate effectively in the decisión making which affects the operation of the telescopes. This morning the CCI has celebrated, in virtual form, the first of its two meetings per year, in which some thirty people took part.
Mercury passes across the face of the Sun for the fourth time in the present century
The transit of the planet will take place next Monday, November 11, from 12: 36h to 18: 04h. It will last almost five and a half hours, and will be broadcast entirely and live from the Canary Islands Observatories. Transits of the Inner Planets - Venus and Mercury - are rarer than the eclipses of Sun and Moon. On average we will have 13 transits of Mercury per century. The last transit of Venus was June 2012. We had transits of Mercury in the years 2003, 2006 and 2016 and the next one will not occur until 2032. Few readers of this article will have seen Mercury, a very small planet. Ganymede