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.

  • Euclid first images

    The first test images from its two instruments show its potential for achieving its scientific goals. These images will be used to check the instruments and to see how Euclid can be adjusted and fine tuned for best performance. The European Space Agency (ESA)’s Euclid mission, in which the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) is participating, will produce the biggest and most accurate 3D map of the universe. Euclid’s two instruments VIS (VISible instrument) and NISP (Near Infrared Spectrometer and Photometer) have taken their first test images. The results indicated that this space

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  • Galaxia de canto UGC11859 y GTC-1

    An international scientific team, including the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), has detected distortions in the brightness of a galaxy's disc that could be explained by the gravitational effect of an unknown neighbouring galaxy. Named GTC-1, the satellite galaxy was discovered using ultra-deep images obtained with the OSIRIS camera of the Gran Telescopio Canarias, located at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in La Palma. The finding provides a possible explanation for a puzzle about way the light fades out at the edges of galaxy disks, a mystery that has bothered the

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  • Workshop "China-Spain collaboration on astronomical high-resolution spectroscopy"

    From 25 to 28 July, the workshop "China-Spain collaboration on astronomical high-resolution spectroscopy" will be held in Fuencaliente (La Palma). Its aim is to consolidate scientific collaboration between China and Spain in astronomy, especially in the context of the technological development of the CHORUS instrument and its applications in different fields of astrophysical research. CHORUS (Canary Hybrid Optical high-Resolution Ultra-stable Spectrograph) is a high spectral resolution ultra-stable spectrograph for the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC or Grantecan) being developed by the

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  • Artist’s image of the European solar Telescope (IDOM)

    9 institutions from 7 European countries today signed the documents for this organization, which will prepare the way towards the future construction of the European Solar Telescope (EST) One of the main aims of the EST is to improve our understanding of the Sun by observing its magnetic fields in unprecedented detail Representatives from 8 institutions in 7 European countries, among which are the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) this morning in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, signed the founding documents of the Canary

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  • Romano Corradi (GTC) y Rafael Rebolo (IAC) frente al Buque Escuela Amerigo Vespucci

    The Italian Ambassador to Spain, Giuseppe Buccino Grimaldi, on behalf of the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, has decorated Rafael Rebolo, Director of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), and Romano Corradi, Director of the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC or Grantecan), with the distinction of "Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy" in recognition of the promotion of Spanish-Italian scientific collaboration. The ceremony took place on 21 July on board the training ship Amerigo Vespucci, which set sail from the port of Genoa on 1 July for its second round-the

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