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.

  • Ana Rosa Mena, Mayoress of Tegueste, with Campbell Warden, Executive Secretary of the IAC.
    Mayoress of Tegueste visits the IAC

    Ana Rosa Mena, mayoress of Tegueste, has visited this morning the headquarters of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, in La Laguna.

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  • Kilonova Evento 2016 GTC
    A “gold mine” is detected in a collision of two distant stars

    An international team of astronomers, including researchers at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and the CSIC has found evidence of a “kilonomva” in the data from a gamma ray burst detected in August 2016. This is a phenomenon similar to the supernovae which produce large quantities of heavy elements, such as gold and platinum. This event is similar to another explosion detected by LIGO in 2017, for which the combined observation of light and gravitational waves opened the door to an understanding of this type of objects. The results are to be published in the journal Monthly

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  • Political representatives of Canarian institutions visit the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC)
    Proclamation of the unanimous support from the Canarian public bodies for the construction of the TMT on La Palma

    The Government of the Canary Islands, Cabildo of La Palma, Municipalities of Puntagorda and Garafía and the IAC Director have met on the Green Island to proclaim their unanimous support for the possibility that the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) is installed on the island of La Palma, instead of on Hawaii.

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  • Poster with the activities programmed by the IAC in the patron saint festivities in honour of Our Lady the Virgin of Light in the town of Garafía (La Palma).
    A week of astronomical activities in the municipality of Garafía

    August arrived again, and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) is participating in the festival to honour our Lady the Virgin of Light in the town of Garafía (La Palma), the municipality which is the home of the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (ORM). An outreach lectura, the exhibition “100 Square Moons” and the traditional open day are some of the organized activities.

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  • 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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