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.

  • Poster of the Astronomy Education Adventure in the Canary Islands 2020
    The International Summer Course for teachers celebrates its sixth edition in 'online' format

    The new astronomical adventure organized by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) together with other educational institutions will take place next month with a program that will revolve around the research of the stars and their planets.

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  • Facade of the IACTEC building. Credit: Inés Bonet (IAC).
    The Agreement for the use of the IACTEC building has been signed

    The Cabildo Insular of Tenerife, the Tenerife Science and Technology Park (INtech Tenerife), the University of La Laguna (ULL) and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) today, Monday 8th June signed, at the Headquarters of the Cabildo, the five year agreement for the use of the IACTec building by the IAC. The IACTEC initiative, in collaboration with the Cabildo Insular of Tenerife and INTech Tenerife, on land ceded by the University of La Laguna, is aimed at developing in the Canaries an innovative environment for the transfer of high technology between the public sector and

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  • Estrella con manchas magnéticas gigantes
    Hot stars are plagued by giant magnetic spots

    An international team of astronomers, in which the researcher from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias and the Universidad de La Laguna David Jones participates, has discovered giant spots on the surface of extremely hot stars hidden in stellar clusters. Not only are these stars plagued by magnetic spots, some also experience superflare events, explosions of energy several million times more energetic than similar eruptions on the Sun. The findings, published in Nature Astronomy, help astronomers better understand these puzzling stars and open doors to resolving other elusive mysteries

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  • Telescopios robóticos disponibles en PETeR: Tel. Liverpool (en el ORM, La Palma), telescopios del Observatorio Las Cumbres y telescopios de la Open University (en el OT, Tenerife). Crédito: Daniel López / IAC
    The online training by PETeR reaches 180 teachers from all over Spain

    This project of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias allows the educational community in Spain to carry out their own research on the universe using professional robotic telescopes. In the Canaries the course has been offered through the Department of Education, Universities, Culture and Sports of the Canary Government.

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  • Artistic representation of the planet Proxima b orbiting its star, Proxima Centauri. Credit: Gabriel Pérez Díaz, SMM (IAC).
    ESPRESSO confirms the nearest exo-Earth with unprecedented precision

    An international team, in which researchers from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias participated, as well as institutions in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland and the European Southern Observatory (ESO) has confirmed the presence of the extrasolar planet Proxima b using measurements of radial velocity with the ESPRESSO spectrograph, on the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile.

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  • Artistic representation of the current interaction between the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy and the Milky Way. Credit: Gabriel Pérez Díaz, SMM (IAC).
    The evolutionary history of the Milky Way determined in more detail than ever

    Thanks to data from the Gaia mission, of the European Space Agency (ESA), and international team led by researchers from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) has presented a study which shows the crucial role of the Sagittarius Dwarf Galaxy in the evolution of our galaxy. These results, published in the magazine Nature Astronomy, also hint that the Sun might have been formed due to one of the interactions of this nearby galaxy with the Milky Way.

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