News

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.

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  • Image of the public version of the 3D radiative transfer code PORTA
    Public version of PORTA, a novel 3D radiative transfer code

    The POLMAG research team of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), which includes scientists from other international institutions, has released the public version of PORTA, an advanced radiative transfer code to solve the problem of the generation and transfer of polarized radiation in realistic three-dimensional (3D) models of stellar atmospheres. PORTA allows scientists to plan and model spectropolarimetric observations with today’s telescopes. This public version of PORTA offered to the astrophysical community comes with several modules useful for considering several problems of

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  • Image of the campaign "#IACUniversoEnCasa" (IAC Universe at Home)
    The IAC joins the cultural and educational initiatives to help confront Covid-19 with the campaign "#IACUniversoEnCasa"

    Confronted by the health emergency generated by COVID-19, the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) wants to help by letting the citizen’s responsibility implied by staying at home be an opportunity to bring everyone closer to astronomy and knowledge of the universe, as well as continuing to offer training and support to the educational community, which is carrying on with its work by Internet. With this objective, we at the Press and Outreach Unit (UC3) have set in motion a plan of activities with the name "#IACUniversoEnCasa" (IAC Universe at Home) about which we will be issuing

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  • Noche estrellada sobre el Ródano
    Arte y Ciencia I: La fórmula del lápiz

    Ciencia y arte son los dos grandes generadores de saber, los mayores transformadores de la sociedad y sus individuos. Mientras el arte intuye el desorden del mundo, la ciencia ordena y reordena. El amor entre ambas disciplinas ha existido hasta hace pocos siglos.La revolución industrial y la obcecada especialización del conocimiento hizo que ambos mundos llegaran a malinterpretarse e, incluso, despreciarse mutuamente. Los científicos deniegan el arte como fuente de conocimiento y los artistas consideran a la ciencia impersonal e inadecuada. Sin embargo, ciencia y arte no se encuentran tan

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  • A pulsating white dwarf in an eclipsing binary
    Scientists discover the first pulsating white dwarf in an eclipsing binary system

    An international research, led by scientists from the University of Sheffield and with the participation of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, has discovered, using the HiPERCAM instrument of the Gran Telescopio Canarias at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (Garafía, La Palma), an ancient pulsating star in a double star system. The discovery, which is published in the journal Nature Astronomy, provides important information about how stars like our Sun evolve and eventually die.

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  • Project video cover
    The IAC presents the video of the POLMAG project

    The IAC presents a public outreach video about the project “Polarized Radiation Diagnostics for Exploring the Magnetism of the Outer Solar Atmosphere” (POLMAG). In this video, several POLMAG scientists explain the basic aspects of the project. The POLMAG research group was created in January 2018 within the framework of the Advanced Grant awarded by the European Research Council (ERC) to Javier Trujillo Bueno (CSIC Research Professor and IAC Senior Scientist). POLMAG aims at novel advances in the development and application of polarized radiation diagnostic methods for exploring the magnetic

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  • Multiband image of the interacting pair Arp 70 obtained from the SDSS archive. On the left, Arp 70b, the galaxy studied in this work. Credit: SDSS
    A huge superbubble observed in an interacting galaxy

    Research led by Artemi Camps, who started it while he was studying for his doctorate in the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias and the University of La Laguna, and is now working at the Instituto de Astronomía of the UNAM (México) has discovered an expanding bubble in the disc of a galaxy. With a diameter of 15,000 light years, it is the largest bubble of its type observed in any galaxy. The study has recently been published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. A galaxy like the Milky Way is made up of hundreds of thousands of millions of stars, with a mixture

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