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.

  • Perseid. Teide Observatory.
    The Perseids2019, a spectacle in the early hours

    On the nights of August 12th and 13th we will be able to get maximum enjoyment of the Perseids. They will be broadcast live from the Observatory of Oukaimeden (Morrocco) on the channel on the night of august 12th with the collaboration of the European project STAR4ALL, and from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC). In addition the citizen science project “Star counters” financed by the Spanish FECYT, will offer an observation proposal for the whole family.

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  • Sistema planetario GJ 357
    Astronomers find a nearby system of exoplanets with a potentially inhabitable world

    A team of astronomers, led by researchers at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias has found three new planets orbiting a star, one of which might have conditions favourable for life. The discovery was possible with data from NASA’s TESS satellite, and with data from several ground-based observatories, among them the Spanish Calar Alto Observatory with its CARMENES instrument. The results are published today in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.

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  • Press conference after the meeting of the Governing Council.
    The Governing Council of the IAC gives firm support to the building of the TMT on La Palma

    This was stated by the acting Minister for Science, Innovation, and the Universities, Pedro Duque who chaired the annual meeting of the Governing Council of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), held today at its La Laguna headquarters. Among the other matters dealt with was the state of the negotiations about large telescopes, and the draft budget for 2020 was approved which, if implemented, will be larger for the first time than the budget of the Institute prior to the economic crisis in 2018.

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  • Folleto GTC 10 aniversario
    10 years of the GTC: Amazing science with an astonishing telescope

    The Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its inauguration in the Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory. During the past decade the largest optical and infrared telescope in the world has carried out over 14,000 hours of observation and has produced scientific data in some 450 articles in the leading journals. Some of the key scientific highlights have been included in a special outreach leaflet recently published by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias and the GTC.

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  • Exposición “100 Lunas Cuadradas” en el Centro Nacional de Arte de Tokio
    El Centro Nacional de Arte de Tokio expone “100 Lunas cuadradas”

    La muestra de nueve imágenes astronómicas obtenidas desde el Observatorio del Teide continúa su recorrido por Japón durante la ceremonia de fundación del Consorcio de Ciudades de la Ciencia nipón. Esta exposición educativa del Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias también puede visitarse hasta el próximo 31 de julio en la sucursal 1 de Correos de Tenerife.

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  • Early days of the Milky Way - artist impression.
    The early days of the Milky Way revealed

    A study led by researchers from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) puts a sequence to the events which gave rise to our Galaxy.

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