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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  • 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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  • Franciso Sánchez inaugurates the conference "50 años de thesis doctorales en el IAC"
    The conference “Giving an impulse to Astrophysics in Spain: 50 years of doctoral theses” is inaugurated

    This meeting of researchers linked to the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and its Observatories opened yesterday with a lectura by Francisco Sanchez, the founding Director, and the first full professor of astrophysics in Spain, in which he told us about how this scientific speciality was born and consolidated in Spain, a history which is related in his book “Dreaming of the Stars” (Soñando Estrellas). His talk was preceded by a formal act of inauguration, with authorities and organizers, and a talk by the present Director of the IAC, Rafael Rebolo, about the present and the future

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  • Nayra Rodríguez, IAC astrophysicist divulger, during the presentation of the course "Astronomy Adventure in the Canary Islands"
    Teachers from five countries embark on a new astronomical adventure in the Canaries

    The V International Summer Course “Astronomy Adventure in the Canary Islands”, organized by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and designed to train secondary school teachers, has started. For a week 30 teachers from 5 countries will particate in lectures and practical workshops on astronomy, and will gain first hand experience of how work is carried out in the Observatories.

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  • Cover of the inaugural conference "Impulsando la Astrofísica en España: 50 años de thesis doctorales en el IAC" (Promoting Astrophysics in Spain: 50 years of doctoral theses at the IAC)
    50 years “Dreaming about the stars”

    The Founding Director of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) Francisco Sánchez, will give the inaugural lecture of the conference “Giving an impulse to Spanish Astrophysics: 50 years of doctoral theses in the IAC” this Wednesday at the Teatro Leal in La Laguna, in a public ceremony. He will talk about the birth and the consolidation of this branch of science in Spain, which is the subject of his recent book.

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  • From left to right: Aleix Roig, Ignacio Trujillo y Raúl Infante-Sáinz. Credit: Alejandra Rueda Moral (IAC).
    IAU Symposium: Professional and Amateur astronomers, united in the same cause

    During the past week over a hundred specialists from all over the world have been meeting in La Laguna to discuss the study, in different areas of astrophysics, of the faintest and most diffuse objects in the sky. But no only professional astronomers have attended the meeting, organized by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) under the auspices of the International Astronomical Union (IAU). The participation of amateur astronomers is of importance for improving our knowledge of these “ghostly” structures.

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  • Round table of the summer school "Acercate al Cosmos"
    Ending of the course for teachers “Get close to the Cosmos”

    For the fourth successive year the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias and the National Institute for Educational Technology and Teacher Training (INTEF), in collaboration with the International Menéndez Pelayo University (UIMP) has given teachers of secondary and pre-university education the opportunity to get to know the latest discoveries in astrophysics in a course given by professionals, thereby acquiring the tools for using them afterwards in the classroom.

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