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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  • Three images of the Supermoon of August 10, 2014, taken in the Teide National Park. In the image, the VTT and GREGOR telescopes. Author: Ovidio García (SECAT).
    How to see April's Supermoon from home

    On April 8th, you will be able to see the third and biggest Supermoon of 2020. If you follow the recommendations we present below you will be able to obtain some beautiful images of the full Moon from your home.

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  • The egyptologist José Lull.
    JOSÉ LULL: "The Egyptian astronomers used to observe from the terraces of the temples and palaces"

    José Lull knows a lot about the royal Egyptian tombs of the Third Intermediate Period and the Late Period. In fact this was the theme of the doctoral thesis –published as a monograph by Oxford University Press- of this Egyptologist, with degree at the University of Tübingen (Germany) and a doctorate from the University of Valencia. He is presently at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and is also an expert in the astronomy of ancient Egypt. He showed this recently at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, where he has been collaborating with Juan Antonio Belmonte, archeoastronomer at

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  • Image of the public version of the 3D radiative transfer code PORTA
    Public version of PORTA, a novel 3D radiative transfer code

    The POLMAG research team of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), which includes scientists from other international institutions, has released the public version of PORTA, an advanced radiative transfer code to solve the problem of the generation and transfer of polarized radiation in realistic three-dimensional (3D) models of stellar atmospheres. PORTA allows scientists to plan and model spectropolarimetric observations with today’s telescopes. This public version of PORTA offered to the astrophysical community comes with several modules useful for considering several problems of

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  • Image of the campaign "#IACUniversoEnCasa" (IAC Universe at Home)
    The IAC joins the cultural and educational initiatives to help confront Covid-19 with the campaign "#IACUniversoEnCasa"

    Confronted by the health emergency generated by COVID-19, the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) wants to help by letting the citizen’s responsibility implied by staying at home be an opportunity to bring everyone closer to astronomy and knowledge of the universe, as well as continuing to offer training and support to the educational community, which is carrying on with its work by Internet. With this objective, we at the Press and Outreach Unit (UC3) have set in motion a plan of activities with the name "#IACUniversoEnCasa" (IAC Universe at Home) about which we will be issuing

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  • Noche estrellada sobre el Ródano
    Arte y Ciencia I: La fórmula del lápiz

    Ciencia y arte son los dos grandes generadores de saber, los mayores transformadores de la sociedad y sus individuos. Mientras el arte intuye el desorden del mundo, la ciencia ordena y reordena. El amor entre ambas disciplinas ha existido hasta hace pocos siglos.La revolución industrial y la obcecada especialización del conocimiento hizo que ambos mundos llegaran a malinterpretarse e, incluso, despreciarse mutuamente. Los científicos deniegan el arte como fuente de conocimiento y los artistas consideran a la ciencia impersonal e inadecuada. Sin embargo, ciencia y arte no se encuentran tan

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  • Project video cover
    The IAC presents the video of the POLMAG project

    The IAC presents a public outreach video about the project “Polarized Radiation Diagnostics for Exploring the Magnetism of the Outer Solar Atmosphere” (POLMAG). In this video, several POLMAG scientists explain the basic aspects of the project. The POLMAG research group was created in January 2018 within the framework of the Advanced Grant awarded by the European Research Council (ERC) to Javier Trujillo Bueno (CSIC Research Professor and IAC Senior Scientist). POLMAG aims at novel advances in the development and application of polarized radiation diagnostic methods for exploring the magnetic

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