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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  • Jeffrey R. Kuhn, writing on a blackboard during his visit the IAC.
    JEFFREY R. KUHN: “In our lifetime we are going to wake up some morning to the news that we have discovered life”

    The Sun is not the live coal that Anaxagoras described. We can imagine hell in its interior, and we know that there are darker spots on its surface which, when discovered, were shown to be incompatible with the Aristotelian principle of the perfection of the heavenly bodies. We have learned a great deal about our star since then, but even now we do not know the answer to some important questions about the source of energy of our Solar System, the main source of life. These were the words of Jeffrey R. Kuhn, doctor in Physics from Princeton University, and currently Professor at the Institute

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  • Artistic image of the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, in La Palma, with the TMT and GTC identified
    The Report on the Socio-economic Impact of the TMT on La Palma has been presented

    This morning, in the Cultural Space of the CajaCanarias Foundation in Santa Cruz de La Palma there was a public presentation of the Report on the Socio-economic impact of the Thirty Metre Telescope on the Island, by the Professor of the Department of Economy, Accountancy, and Finance of the University of La Laguna, its author. The report shows that the installation of the TMT on La Palma would not only be a milestone in the development of astrophysics, but it would have a significant positive economic impact on the Island. As well as Juan José Díaz, the others who spoke before the

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  • A snapshot from TESS of part of the southern sky showing the location of ν Indi
    TESS satellite dates an ancient collision with our galaxy

    From a single bright star in the constellation of Indus, an international team of scientists led by the University of Birmingham, with the participation of scientists from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), has revealed new insights about an ancient collision between our galaxy, the Milky Way, and another smaller galaxy called Gaia-Enceladus, early in its history. Nature Astronomy publishes these results today. This team adopted the novel approach of applying the forensic characterisation of a single ancient, bright star called ν Indi, visible from the southern hemisphere, as a

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  • Meteoros registered at the Teide Observatory the 4th January 2107
    The Quadrantid meteor shower: start the year with a good wish

    This astronomical event will be broadcast live via the channel sky-live.tv in the early hours of January 4th, with the collaboration of the European project EELabs. Together with the Geminids and the Perseids, this is the most intense meteor shower of the year. The three most spectacular meteor showers of the year are the Perseids (in August) the Geminids (in December) and the Quadrantids in the first week of January. Although the Perseids are the best known, the maximum is in a holiday period with mild night-time temperatures, the Geminids and the Quadrantids never let us down, with an

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  • Raffaella Morganti
    RAFFAELLA MORGANTI: "The first image of a black hole was an important milestone for astrophysics"

    Radioastronomy is one of the branches of observational astrophysics which has experienced considerable growth in recent years. To study the universe at radio frequencies specific instruments: radiotelescopes, are designed. Among the most powerful is the ALMA telescope array in the Atacama Desert (Chile) and in the near future we will see the building of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) in Australia and South Africa. Raffaella Morganti, a Senior Astronomer at ASTRON and Professor of Astronomy at the Kapteyn Institute of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, has worked on these and

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  • Astronomical Calendar 2020 with a GTC Image
    Astronomical Calendar 2020

    The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), in collaboration with the Museum of Science and the Cosmos (MCC) of Museums of Tenerife, and the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) has published, as it does every year, a calendar with important astronomical dates for the year 2020, in the format of a poster or a wall calendar (see the gallery). The picture which illustrates it is a photograph of the GTC at dawn, in the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (Garafía, La Palma), taken by the astrophotographer Daniél López. Free copies of the calendar, on paper in poster format can be obtained from

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