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.

  • XXXI Escuela Invierno
    The Computational Dynamics of Fluids, the main theme of the IAC Winter School

    Tuesday 19th November the XXXI edition of the Winter School of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias will start. This year it will be devoted to the computational methods which are used in different fields of astrophysics to simulate the dynamics of fluids. The school will take place in the assembly hall in the Guajara Campus of the University of La Laguna.

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  • Participantes Congreso Futuros Instrumentos
    A promising future for the Canary Island Observatories

    From 11th to 13th November the conference “Future Instruments for the Telescopes of the Canary Observatories”, organized by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), was held in Tenerife. At the meeting the exceptionally favourable period for the astrophysical installations in the isands was discussed, as well as the important role in the coming years of the present small and medium sized telescopes thanks to the planned instrument developments.

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  • Signing of the agreement between IAC and EMXYS
    The IACTECagreement of collaboration between the IAC and EMXYS for the development of technological, scientific and human resources in the island has been signed.

    On November 14th 2019 at the Headquarters of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) in La Laguna an agreeement for cooperation between the IAC and the EMXYS company was signed.This is the first agreement for collaboration between the IAC and a private company in the field of training and technology transfer "IACTEC-ESPACIO". The IACTEC initative, in collaboration with the Excellentísimo Cabildo Insular of Tenerife, and INTech Tenerife has the aim of developing within the Canaries an innovative "ecosystem" for transferring high technology between the public sector and companies.taking

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  • Solar physicists in front of IAC
    Scientists from the US, Japan and Europe meet to discuss the results of the CLASP-2 experiment

    CLASP and CLASP2 are opening a new window for the investigation of magnetism in solar and stellar physics. In 2008 an international team of solar physicists started a novel project of space experiments. By means of telescopes and instruments launched on board of NASA suborbital rockets, unprecedented measurements of the polarization of the ultraviolet light emitted by the Sun in several atomic lines were performed. Such spectro-polarimetric observations are needed for obtaining information on the magnetic field in the enigmatic chromosphere-corona transition region of the solar atmosphere

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  • Image of the Mercury transit obtain by Swedish Solar Telescope in 2016
    Direct broadcast of the transit of Mercury

    Next Monday, November 11th, it will be possible to follow the transit of the planet Mercury across the face of the Sun from the Canary Island Observatories, from 12:36 p.m. to 18:04, on the channel YouTube IAC vídeos, of the Institute de Astrofísica de Canarias. A transit is defined as the passage of one astronomical object in front of another, so that the nearer occults a part of the surface of the farther. Only the inner planets (Marcury and Venus) can transit the Sun, from our viewpoint on Earth. In any century there are 13 transits of Mercury and the following transit will not occur

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  • Artistic representation of Mercury transit
    Mercury passes across the face of the Sun for the fourth time in the present century

    The transit of the planet will take place next Monday, November 11, from 12: 36h to 18: 04h. It will last almost five and a half hours, and will be broadcast entirely and live from the Canary Islands Observatories. Transits of the Inner Planets - Venus and Mercury - are rarer than the eclipses of Sun and Moon. On average we will have 13 transits of Mercury per century. The last transit of Venus was June 2012. We had transits of Mercury in the years 2003, 2006 and 2016 and the next one will not occur until 2032. Few readers of this article will have seen Mercury, a very small planet. Ganymede

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