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.

  • Cartel del curso "PETeR: Investigar el Universo con telescopios robóticos" organizado por el IAC y el Área STEAM de la Consejería de Educación, Universidades, Cultura y deportes del Gob. de Canarias

    Registration is now open for the training course "PETeR: Investigating the Universe with robotic telescopes", which will take place between 25 May and 3 June for teachers in the Canary Islands, and between 26 May and 10 June for teachers in the rest of Spain. One of the main objectives of the Educational Project with Robotic Telescopes (PETeR) of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) is to train teachers and educators in astronomy and in the use of robotic telescopes as tools for students to develop their scientific and technological skills through guided research projects. In the

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  • Visit of the Portuguese ambassador

    João Mira-Gomes, Portuguese Ambassador to Spain, visited the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) headquarters in La Laguna this morning, together with Vicente M. Álvarez Gil, Portuguese Consul in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and several members of his team, accompanied by Rafael Rebolo, Director of the IAC, and Mahmoudreza Oshagh, senior postdoctoral researcher. During their tour of the facilities, they were informed about the different projects that are being developed in the framework of the Portuguese-Spanish collaboration. The IAC participates in several consortiums and scientific

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  • Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) on February 27th 2020

    A recent study analyses data collected at 44 of the darkest places in the world, including the Canary Island Observatories, to develop the first complete reference method to measure the natural brightness of the night sky using low-cost photometers. Of the 44 photometers in the survey, the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (Garafía, La Palma, Canary Islands) stands out at the darkest of all the skies analysed. The night sky is not completely dark; even in the remotest places there is a glow in the sky produced by natural components, both terrestrial and extraterrestrial, and by artificial

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  • Firma IAC y ULL

    The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and the University of La Laguna (ULL) strengthened their relationship via an agreement to regulate the teaching and research collaboration between the two institutions. The agreement sets up an operational structure and the various commitments so that the two institutions can develop successfully their objectives of creating and spreading knowledge through scientific activity and unitersity teaching. The agreement was signed yesterday in the IACTEC building in the La Laguna Science and Technology Park (in Las Mantecas) by Rafael Rebolo, the

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  • Evolution of large-scale structure as calculated by supercomputers. The boxes show how filaments and superclusters of galaxies grow over time, from billions of years after the Big Bang to current structures. Credit: Modification of work by CXC/MPE/V. Springel

    The detection of the axion would mark a key episode in the history of science. This hypothetical particle could resolve two fundamental problems of Modern Physics at the same time: the problema of Charge and Parity in the strong interaction, and the mystery of dark matter. However, in spite of the high scientific interest in finding it, the search at high radio frequency -above 6 GHz- has been almost left aside for the lack of the high sensitivity technology which could be built at reasonable cost. Until now.

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  • Una perseida cruza el cielo sobre el volcán Teide, la noche del 11 al 12 de agosto de 2020, bajo la atenta mirada del telescopio MASTER. En la imagen, tomada desde el Observatorio del Teide (Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias), también se puede ver el centro galáctico. Autor: D. Padrón. (Descarga en alta resolución:

    On May 5th the Earth will pass through the cloud of dust and small fragments of rock which comet 1P/Halley left behind during one of its approaches to the Sun, giving rise to the meteors known as the Eta Aquariids. The channel, in collaboration with the Energy Efficiency Laboratories (EELabs) project coordinated by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), will broadcast this meteor shower as part of its activities in “Sounds of the Sky, a Citizen Science project of the FECYT to involve the whole family in classifying meteors, and also to make this task easier for visually

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