This section includes scientific and technological news from the IAC and its Observatories, as well as press releases on scientific and technological results, astronomical events, educational projects, outreach activities and institutional events.

  • Scheme which represents the origin of phosphorus on Earth, with respect to possible stellar sources of phosphorus in our Galaxy. Credit: Gabriel Pérez Díaz, SMM (IAC).
    Stars rich in phosphorus: seeds of life in the universe

    The journal Nature Communications today is publishing the discovery of a new type of stars, very rich in phosphorus, which could help to explain the origin of this chemical element in our Galaxy. This achievement has been made by astronomers of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and researchers in computer science from the Centre for Research in Information and Communication Technology (CITIC) at the University of La Coruña (Galicia). All the chemical elements in the universe, except for hydrogen and most of the helium, were produced inside stars. But among them there are a few

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    Communiqué from the IAC. Telescopes of the ASTRI project

    The Teide Observatory (OT) is situated in the Nature Park of the High Forest. The National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF) of Italy (one of the signatories of the International Agreement of the Canary Observatories) in 2019 asked the IAC to explore the viability of an installation of Cherenkov telescopes (project ASTRI) in the OT. This project, if it comes to fruition, will be completely financed by Italy and will comprise the most advanced astrophysical installation of the Teide Observatory in the last 30 years. It will also provide observations of the internal structure of the Teide

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  • Image illustrating the comparison between an active spiral galaxy (orange box) and its non-active twin (blue box). Credit: Gabriel Pérez Díaz, SMM (IAC).
    Differences between the discs of active and non-active galaxies detected for the first time

    A study led by researchers at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), making comparison between the discs of several pairs of spiral galaxies, active and non-active, concludes that in the discs of the former the rotational motion of the stars is of greater importance. This study, just accepted for publication in Astronomy & Astrophysics Letters, is the first evidence for large scale dynamical differences between active and non-active galaxies in the local universe. The astronomers participating are from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and the University of La Laguna

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  • Collage of photos of the virtual course "Astronomy Education Adventure in the Canary Islands 2020"
    The IAC's most international astronomical adventure comes to an end

    Last week the sixth edition of the summer course "Astronomy Education Adventure in the Canary Islands", coordinated by the IAC and NUCLIO, was held in virtual format with the participation of more than 170 teachers from 40 countries.

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  • Image of those attending the Governing Council held today at the IAC headquarters. Credit: Inés Bonet (IAC).
    Pedro Duque attends the “official opening” of IACTEC and presides over the Governing Council of the IAC

    The Minister of Science and Innovation this morning presided over the annual meeting of the Governing Council of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) after the “official opening” of the installations of IACTEC in La Laguna, which are fully operational from today. In a press conference he stressed the programmes which will be carried out in the Area of Cooperation Business-Technology, among them the new Centre of Advanced Optical Systems (CSOA). He also reported on the current state of the negotiations regarding the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), of greatest international interest

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    The IAC has its qualification as a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence renewed

    The Ministry of Science and Innovation published yesterday the provisional resolution of the qualification of the Centres and Units of Excellence, granting the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias the recognition as a Centre of Excellence for the third consecutive time. The National Research Agency (AEI for its Spanish initials), which depends on the Ministry of Science and Innovation, has published the provisional resolution awarding the new Qualifications of the Severo Ochoa Centres of Excellence, whose aim is to recognize, reward, and promote high level scientific research at the Spanish

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