The two spectrographs on the Gran Telescopio Canarias have reached their full operating level and have become two of the most requested instruments for observing time on this major telescope which has produced over 500 publications in high level journals and has accumulated over 10,000 citations.
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.
EMIR and MEGARA, two instruments giving excellent results on GRANTECANAdvertised on
The Universities of Turku (Finland) and Aarhus (Denmark) are the new owners of the NOT
The Universities of Turku (UTU) and Aarhus (AU) are the new owners of the Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT) situated in the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (ORM). The two institutions take over from the Nordic Optical Telescope Scientific Associations (NOTSA), a non-profit organization created in 1984 by the Reseearch Councils of Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway, with the later incorporation of Iceland, in 1997. On 1 October, a delegation from both universities took part in a simple event at the ORM, which was also attended by representatives of the Instituto de Astrofísica de CanariasAdvertised on
Fullerenes discovered in a star formation region in Perseus
A study carried out by IAC researcher Susana Iglesias-Groth has detected molecules of pure carbon in one of the nearest star formation regions to the Solar System. The results of this work have recently been published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Fullerenes are carbon molecules , whose structure contains pentagons and hexagons, which often appear in key molecules for life . They are also the third most stable form of carbon, together diamond and graphite. A study performed by the researcher at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) Susana IglesiasAdvertised on
Hard-state Accretion Disk Winds from Black Holes
Accretion disc winds are observed in accreting black holes across the full range of masses. In stellar-mass black holes, X-ray winds have been recently established as a fundamental property of their most radiatively efficient phases, the so-called soft states, impacting on the entire accretion process. However, these hot and powerful winds are scarcely observed during the dimmer hard states, where most of the black holes of the Universe exist and kinetic feedback from jets dominates. The disappearance of the wind is a matter of strong debate and has been suggested to be related to differentAdvertised on
Astronomers find an unusual planetary system which challenges models of planet formation
A team of astronomers of the CARMENES consortium, with participants form the Institutode Astrofísica de Canarias, has discovered a planetary system around the red dwarf star GJ 3512, at some 30 light years from Earth, with an unusual gas giant planet whose excentric orbit could imply the presence of another massive planets. In the study the 40 cm telescope of the Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO) at the Teide Observatory, was used. This discovery is published today in the journal Science.Advertised on
The IAC and the Observatorios de Canarias will participate in the " European Researchers' Night"
The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and the Observatorios de Canarias will participate during "European Researchers' Night" with live broadcasts via its YOUTUBE channel- IAC Videos - from a number of telescopes at the Teide and Roque de los Muchachos Observatories. Astronomers from diverse disciplines,k (solar physics, high energy astrophysics, galaxies, cosmology..) will show us their work from the most advanced installations: the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) the Quijote Exeriment, the solar towers, the Pyramid, the ESA Optical Ground Station (OGS), the high energy telescopesAdvertised on