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"Servipartícules, a new outreach portal from ICCUB"

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Comet 46P/Wirtanen
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"La 23a setmana de la ciència" in the Institute of Cosmos Sciences(06/11/2018)

October 2018

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F. Figueras participates in the 9th program of «Universo sostenible» TVE
(29/10/2018)

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Inauguration of the first telescope of a Txerenkov Telescope Array
(10/10/2018)

September 2018

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Gaia detects a shake in the Milky Way (19/09/2018)

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Remarkable news:
RedIRIS collaborates with Gaia and highlights the role of the ICCUB in the mission (18/08/2018)

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Remarkable news:
Jordi Torra and Licia Verde awarded with the Narcis Monturiol medal for their scientific contributions (17/09/2018)

August 2018

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Astronomy on the radio:
"Dos asteroides de grans dimensions creuaran dimecres l'òrbita de la Terra",
C. Jordi,
Catalunya Migdia, Catalunya Ràdio, (28/08/2018)

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JELO en verano, Onda Cero, (19/08/2018)

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"Perseidas 2018"

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Astronomy in the press:
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July 2018

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"Desmontando el 'hoax' marciano: Marte no se verá tan grande como la luna"
E. Masana
" El Periódico(30/07/2018)
"Diario Astronómico"

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Astronomy in the press:
"Do aliens feel the beat? Music sent into space for extraterrestrials to decode"

J. Portell
IT Iberia (10/07/2018)

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News:
Total Lunar Eclipse on July 27th

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"Descobert un gran llac d'aigua líquida a Mart sota el gel del pol sud del planeta" (Catalan)
J.M. Carrasco
Catalunya Migdia, Catalunya Ràdio, (25/07/2018)

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ICCUB is now part of the Virgo collaboration
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MAGIC telescopes identify the origins of a cosmic neutrino
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A superflare in Proxima Centauri conditions the habitability of the closest exoplanet to Earth
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June 2018

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New ephemeris calendar and Visibility chard in the Astronomical agenda on Serviastro
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"X. Luri, C. Jordi and the Gaia Mission on the RECERCAT"
(20/08/2018)

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Total Lunar Eclipse on July 27th

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"En busca del número que explica el universo"
Miralda, J.; Luri, X.
La Vanguardia (09/06/2018)

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Andreu Faro interview J.M. Carrasco on the mission Gaia
05/06/2018

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Universe themed night: "La vida a l'univers","Sónar Calling", "Cocoon" & "Terrícoles"
05/06/2018

May 2018

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Historical Building of the University of Barcelona

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ICCUB researchers in Sonar 2018
14/05/2018

April 2018

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Ceremony for the publication of the Gaia's second catalogue at the UB .

February 2018

img6ae0f14894308710b79a7565011c45c7.jpg The detection of the signal of the universe's first stars, 28/02/2018,
La Vanguardia, comments by Jordi Miralda, ICREA researcher in the Institute of Cosmos Sciences, ICCUB [IEEC-UB], expert in cosmology.

img91358d8464352d02ddad9d146e416d82.jpg Activities ICCUB_FQA celebrating the International Day of women and girls in science , 11/02/2018

img06a88c5c1e24ba68d77f4e8677308006.jpg "Iluminando el lado oscuro del universo" the book written by Roberto Emparan, 02/02/2018
El descubrimiento de las ondas gravitatorias —el peculiar sonido de dos agujeros negros que chocan y se funden uno con otro— cambiará nuestra manera de imaginar el universo: a partir de ahora escucharemos su banda sonora.
¿Qué significa este hallazgo histórico, y cómo hemos llegado hasta él?
Este es el relato de una fascinante odisea que comenzó hace más de cien años con un joven llamado Albert Einstein. Roberto Emparán, uno de nuestros físicos más reconocidos internacionalmente en el campo de la gravedad, los agujeros negros y la teoría de supercuerdas, ha compuesto una historia de ciencia en acción, que nos invita a recorrer en compañía de sus protagonistas, con sus defectos y sus emociones, en la búsqueda de respuestas a preguntas fundamentales.
Una guía de viaje accesible, estimulante y fiable hacia las sorprendentes ideas sobre el tiempo y el espacio que hace un siglo se imaginaron y hoy por fin hemos conseguido demostrar.
Preparémonos para iluminar el lado oscuro del universo y disfrutar así de la extraordinaria música de la oscuridad cósmica.

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Catalunya Migdia, Catalunya Ràdio, (28/08/2018)

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"Gaia App",
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"Perseidas 2018"

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Astronomy in the press:
"L'aplicació "Eclipsi 2.0" recomanada la premsa"


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"Desmontando el 'hoax' marciano: Marte no se verá tan grande como la luna"
E. Masana
" El Periódico(30/07/2018)
"Diario Astronómico"

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Astronomy in the press:
"Do aliens feel the beat? Music sent into space for extraterrestrials to decode"

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IT Iberia (10/07/2018)

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img6ae0f14894308710b79a7565011c45c7.jpg The detection of the signal of the universe's first stars, 28/02/2018,
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img06a88c5c1e24ba68d77f4e8677308006.jpg "Iluminando el lado oscuro del universo" the book written by Roberto Emparan, 02/02/2018
El descubrimiento de las ondas gravitatorias —el peculiar sonido de dos agujeros negros que chocan y se funden uno con otro— cambiará nuestra manera de imaginar el universo: a partir de ahora escucharemos su banda sonora.
¿Qué significa este hallazgo histórico, y cómo hemos llegado hasta él?
Este es el relato de una fascinante odisea que comenzó hace más de cien años con un joven llamado Albert Einstein. Roberto Emparán, uno de nuestros físicos más reconocidos internacionalmente en el campo de la gravedad, los agujeros negros y la teoría de supercuerdas, ha compuesto una historia de ciencia en acción, que nos invita a recorrer en compañía de sus protagonistas, con sus defectos y sus emociones, en la búsqueda de respuestas a preguntas fundamentales.
Una guía de viaje accesible, estimulante y fiable hacia las sorprendentes ideas sobre el tiempo y el espacio que hace un siglo se imaginaron y hoy por fin hemos conseguido demostrar.
Preparémonos para iluminar el lado oscuro del universo y disfrutar así de la extraordinaria música de la oscuridad cósmica.

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Artist s impression of Gaia-300x234.jpg Gaia, one of the 5 ESA-led missions extended to 2020, 07/12/2017
Gaia is on of the five ESA-led missions extended to 2020. The lifetime of Gaia, ESA's billion star surveyor, was extended by eighteen months, from 25 July 2019 to 31 December 2020. This is the first time that Gaia, which was launched in 2013 and originally funded for a five-year mission, has been subject to the extension process.

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While scanning the sky, ESA's Gaia mission maps not only the stellar content of our Galaxy, but also the Solar System's asteroid population.
This visualisation shows the detection by Gaia of more than 13 000 asteroids as the spacecraft (represented by the pale blue dot) scanned the sky between August 2014 and May 2016. This is a subset of the total number of asteroids seen by Gaia – the sample shown here is of bright asteroids that have been detected more than ten times during the period. The corresponding data for the position on the sky for each detection of every asteroid – the epoch astrometry – will be included in Gaia's Data Release 2, the second intermediate data release from the mission, expected in April 2018.

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The Solar System is home to a huge number of asteroids. Most of them lie between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. The first asteroid was discovered in 1801; by 1900, nearly 500 were known, and modern techniques for surveying the skies have led to orbit determinations of hundreds of thousands of them. One of the telescopes that explores the sky taking frequent images over large areas and looking for streaks left by a moving asteroid is PANSTARRS 1, located in Hawaii. On October 20th, one of the many new asteroids that are discovered every day was detected by PANSTARRS, but this one showed a very peculiar behavior: as more observations were collected to determine an orbit, it became clear that it was moving much faster than any other known object in the Solar System. This meant that this new asteroid, designated as A/2017 U1, was not a Solar System object, but it had come from another star.

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eso1733a.jpg First cosmic event observed in both gravitational waves and light, 16/10/2017
Astronomers from different collaborations announced on Monday 16 October the detection of two colliding neutron stars by the gravitational-wave observatories LIGO and Virgo and also by 70 other, more traditional, electromagnetic-wave observatories. This is the first time scientists have detected gravitational waves in addition to light from the same cosmic event, opening a new window in observational astronomy, the ‘multi-messenger’ astronomy.

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màxim Cassini Spacecraft Makes Its Final Approach to Saturn , 15/09/2017
Cassini is ending its 13-year tour of the Saturn system with an intentional plunge into the planet to ensure Saturn's moons – in particular Enceladus, with its subsurface ocean and signs of hydrothermal activity – remain pristine for future exploration.

July 2017

màxim Distant Galaxies ‘Lift the Veil’ on the End of the Cosmic Dark Ages, 12/07/2017
National Optical Astronomy Observatory / Astrophysical Journal Letters

Astronomers studying the distant Universe have found that small star-forming galaxies were abundant when the Universe was only 800 million years old, a few percent of its present age. The results suggest that the earliest galaxies, which illuminated and ionized the Universe, formed at even earlier times.

màxim Odd planetary system around fast-spinning star doesn't quite fit existing models of planet formation, 12/07/2017
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Astronomers have discovered a rare, warm, massive Jupiter-like planet orbiting a star that is rotating extremely quickly. The discovery raises puzzling questions about planet formation – neither the planet's comparatively small mass nor its large distance from its host star are expected according to current models.

màxim Big sunspot faces the Earth,, 11/07/2017
Five days after it first appeared, AR2665 has finally rotated into geoeffective position. AR2665 is by far the biggest sunspot of 2017, stretching more than 120,000 km from end to end. Moreover, it has an unstable 'beta-gamma' magnetic field that harbors energy for M-class explosions.The huge sunspot is directly facing Earth.
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The asteroid 1941 WA has been named (4298) Jorgenunez. This celestial body, one of the minor planets in the main asteroid belt of the Solar System –located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter-, is named after Jorge Núñez de Murga director of the Fabra Observatory astronomical observatory of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences of Barcelona (RACAB) and member of the ICCUB and the FQA department of the University of Barcelona.
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The 3rd International Conference of Light Pollution (LPTMM) has been held from June 27 to 30, 2017 in Cellers (Lleida). Eighty experts in Theory, Modelling and Measurements of light pollution from 20 countries around the world have participated. The conference has been organized by the Parc Astronòmic Montsec (PAM) Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovak Academy of Sciences and the Cégep de Sherbrooke in Quebec in Canada.
 
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With the help of software that mimics a human brain, ESA’s Gaia satellite spotted six stars zipping at high speed from the centre of our Galaxy to its outskirts. This could provide key information about some of the most obscure regions of the Milky Way.
 
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According to Einstein’s theory of relativity, the curvature of spacetime was infinite at the big bang. In fact, at this point all mathematical tools fail, and the theory breaks down. However, there remained the notion that perhaps the beginning of the universe could be treated in a simpler manner, and that the infinities of the big bang might be avoided. Now scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute/AEI) in Potsdam and at the Perimeter Institute in Canada have been able to use better mathematical methods to show that these ideas cannot work. The big bang, in its complicated glory, retains all its mystery.

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màxim Discovery of a super-Earth near to the habitable zone of a cool star, 30/05/2017
An international team led by researchers from the IAC, using the radial velocity method, have discovered a possibly rocky planet at the edge of the habitable zone of a red dwarf star. Only a few dozen planets of this kind are known and its detection was made possible with the HARPS-N spectrograph on the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (TNG) at the Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory, La Palma.

màxim Astronomers map the Universe with the brightest objects in the sky, 18/05/2017
Astronomers with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) have created the first map of the large-scale structure of the Universe based entirely on the positions of quasars. Quasars are the incredibly bright and distant points of light powered by supermassive black holes.

April 2017

màxim Will Earth-like planets be found to have Earth-like oceans?,, 21/04/2017
For a planetary surface to boast extensive areas of both land and water, a delicate balance must be struck between the volume of water it retains and the capacity of its oceanic basins. Each of these two quantities may vary substantially across the full spectrum of water-bearing worlds. Why the Earth’s values are so well balanced is an unresolved and long-standing conundrum. In a paper published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (Ed. Oxford University Press) the author, Fergus Simpson of the Institute of Cosmos Science at the University of Barcelona, has constructed a statistical model – based on Bayesian probability – to predict the division between land and water on habitable exoplanets.

màxim Asteroid 2014 JO25 will fly near Earth,, 10/04/2017
Next 19 April asteroid 2014 JO25, discovered on 2014, with a diametre of 650 metres, will fly safely past Earth at a distance of about 4,6 times the distance from Earth to the moon. Although there is no possibility for the asteroid to collide with our planet, this will be a very close approach for an asteroid of this size.

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màxim Annular Eclipse of the Sun, 26/02/2017
In a narrow corridor cutting across the southern reaches of Chile and Argentina, and stretching across the Atlantic to Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Zambia in Africa, the Moon crossed the sun dead-center. Yet it only covered 99% of the solar disk. ( A video illustration of the path of the eclipse)
Image taken by Enzo De Bernardini a Facundo, Chubut, Argentina.

màxim New data about two distant asteroids give a clue to the possible “Planet Nine”,, 22/02/2017
The dynamical properties of these asteroids, observed spectroscopiccally for the first time using the Gran Telescopio CANARIAS, suggest a possible common origin and give a clue to the existence of a planet beyond Pluto, the so-called “Planet Nine”.

màxim New Light on Dark Matter Halos,, 14/02/2017
For the past twenty years observers have been trying to test the effects of the predicted dark matter halos on the bars in barred galaxies. The basic idea is that according to simulation models which include the halos, these should have acted as a gravitational brake and slowed down the rotation of the bars during the lifetimes of galaxy discs.

màxim Exhibitions to celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, 11/02/2017

màxim "Mujeres con pasión por las estrellas", 11/02/2017
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January 2017

màxim Waiting for the Solar Storm,l, 17/01/2017
Solar storms are now becoming a phenomenon of risk given the great social dependence of electricity and communications.

màxim New theory of the formatiopn of the Moon, 11/01/2017
A new theory has come out claiming that the origin for the Moon was a multiple-little-impact against the old theory of an only one giant-impact.
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Whilst best known for its surveys of the stars and mapping the Milky Way in three dimensions, ESA's Gaia has many more strings to its bow. Among them, its contribution to our understanding of the asteroids that litter the Solar System. Now, for the first time, Gaia is not only providing information crucial to understanding known asteroids, it has also started to look for new ones, previously unknown to astronomers.
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New images taken with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile have revealed otherwise invisible details of our Sun, including a new view of the dark, contorted centre of a sunspot that is nearly twice the diameter of the Earth. The results are an important expansion of the range of observations that can be used to probe the physics of our nearest star.
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El descubrimiento de las ondas gravitatorias —el peculiar sonido de dos agujeros negros que chocan y se funden uno con otro— cambiará nuestra manera de imaginar el universo: a partir de ahora escucharemos su banda sonora.
¿Qué significa este hallazgo histórico, y cómo hemos llegado hasta él?
Este es el relato de una fascinante odisea que comenzó hace más de cien años con un joven llamado Albert Einstein. Roberto Emparán, uno de nuestros físicos más reconocidos internacionalmente en el campo de la gravedad, los agujeros negros y la teoría de supercuerdas, ha compuesto una historia de ciencia en acción, que nos invita a recorrer en compañía de sus protagonistas, con sus defectos y sus emociones, en la búsqueda de respuestas a preguntas fundamentales.
Una guía de viaje accesible, estimulante y fiable hacia las sorprendentes ideas sobre el tiempo y el espacio que hace un siglo se imaginaron y hoy por fin hemos conseguido demostrar.
Preparémonos para iluminar el lado oscuro del universo y disfrutar así de la extraordinaria música de la oscuridad cósmica.
 
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Interstellar forecast for a nearby star: Raining comets! NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered comets plunging into the star HD 172555, which is a youthful 23 million years old and resides 95 light-years from Earth. The exocomets — comets outside our solar system — were not directly seen around the star, but their presence was inferred by detecting gas that is likely the vaporized remnants of their icy nuclei.
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ESO has signed an agreement with the Breakthrough Initiatives to adapt the Very Large Telescope instrumentation in Chile to conduct a search for planets in the nearby star system Alpha Centauri. Such planets could be the targets for an eventual launch of miniature space probes by the Breakthrough Starshot initiative.
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¿Qué significa este hallazgo histórico, y cómo hemos llegado hasta él?
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Una guía de viaje accesible, estimulante y fiable hacia las sorprendentes ideas sobre el tiempo y el espacio que hace un siglo se imaginaron y hoy por fin hemos conseguido demostrar.
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img06a88c5c1e24ba68d77f4e8677308006.jpg "Iluminando el lado oscuro del universo" the book written by Roberto Emparan, 02/02/2018
El descubrimiento de las ondas gravitatorias —el peculiar sonido de dos agujeros negros que chocan y se funden uno con otro— cambiará nuestra manera de imaginar el universo: a partir de ahora escucharemos su banda sonora.
¿Qué significa este hallazgo histórico, y cómo hemos llegado hasta él?
Este es el relato de una fascinante odisea que comenzó hace más de cien años con un joven llamado Albert Einstein. Roberto Emparán, uno de nuestros físicos más reconocidos internacionalmente en el campo de la gravedad, los agujeros negros y la teoría de supercuerdas, ha compuesto una historia de ciencia en acción, que nos invita a recorrer en compañía de sus protagonistas, con sus defectos y sus emociones, en la búsqueda de respuestas a preguntas fundamentales.
Una guía de viaje accesible, estimulante y fiable hacia las sorprendentes ideas sobre el tiempo y el espacio que hace un siglo se imaginaron y hoy por fin hemos conseguido demostrar.
Preparémonos para iluminar el lado oscuro del universo y disfrutar así de la extraordinaria música de la oscuridad cósmica.
 

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The European Space Agency has just announced that the date of the publication of the Second Gaia Data Release (DR2) is scheduled for April 25th 2018

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Artist s impression of Gaia-300x234.jpg Gaia, one of the 5 ESA-led missions extended to 2020, 07/12/2017
Gaia is on of the five ESA-led missions extended to 2020. The lifetime of Gaia, ESA's billion star surveyor, was extended by eighteen months, from 25 July 2019 to 31 December 2020. This is the first time that Gaia, which was launched in 2013 and originally funded for a five-year mission, has been subject to the extension process.

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Gaia is on of the five ESA-led missions extended to 2020. The lifetime of Gaia, ESA's billion star surveyor, was extended by eighteen months, from 25 July 2019 to 31 December 2020. This is the first time that Gaia, which was launched in 2013 and originally funded for a five-year mission, has been subject to the extension process.
 

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59821 Gaia selected asteroids 2014-16 565.jpg Selected asteroids detected by Gaia between August 2014 and May 2016, 30/11/2017
While scanning the sky, ESA's Gaia mission maps not only the stellar content of our Galaxy, but also the Solar System's asteroid population.
This visualisation shows the detection by Gaia of more than 13 000 asteroids as the spacecraft (represented by the pale blue dot) scanned the sky between August 2014 and May 2016. This is a subset of the total number of asteroids seen by Gaia – the sample shown here is of bright asteroids that have been detected more than ten times during the period. The corresponding data for the position on the sky for each detection of every asteroid – the epoch astrometry – will be included in Gaia's Data Release 2, the second intermediate data release from the mission, expected in April 2018.

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59821 Gaia selected asteroids 2014-16 565.jpg Selected asteroids detected by Gaia between August 2014 and May 2016, 30/11/2017
While scanning the sky, ESA's Gaia mission maps not only the stellar content of our Galaxy, but also the Solar System's asteroid population.
This visualisation shows the detection by Gaia of more than 13 000 asteroids as the spacecraft (represented by the pale blue dot) scanned the sky between August 2014 and May 2016. This is a subset of the total number of asteroids seen by Gaia – the sample shown here is of bright asteroids that have been detected more than ten times during the period. The corresponding data for the position on the sky for each detection of every asteroid – the epoch astrometry – will be included in Gaia's Data Release 2, the second intermediate data release from the mission, expected in April 2018.
 
a2017 u1 v2a.jpg An asteroid coming from a distant star is visiting the Solar System, 07/11/2017
The Solar System is home to a huge number of asteroids. Most of them lie between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. The first asteroid was discovered in 1801; by 1900, nearly 500 were known, and modern techniques for surveying the skies have led to orbit determinations of hundreds of thousands of them. One of the telescopes that explores the sky taking frequent images over large areas and looking for streaks left by a moving asteroid is PANSTARRS 1, located in Hawaii. On October 20th, one of the many new asteroids that are discovered every day was detected by PANSTARRS, but this one showed a very peculiar behavior: as more observations were collected to determine an orbit, it became clear that it was moving much faster than any other known object in the Solar System. This meant that this new asteroid, designated as A/2017 U1, was not a Solar System object, but it had come from another star.

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eso1733a.jpg First cosmic event observed in both gravitational waves and light, 16/10/2017
Astronomers from different collaborations announced on Monday 16 October the detection of two colliding neutron stars by the gravitational-wave observatories LIGO and Virgo and also by 70 other, more traditional, electromagnetic-wave observatories. This is the first time scientists have detected gravitational waves in addition to light from the same cosmic event, opening a new window in observational astronomy, the ‘multi-messenger’ astronomy.

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Astronomers from different collaborations announced on Monday 16 October the detection of two colliding neutron stars by the gravitational-wave observatories LIGO and Virgo and also by 70 other, more traditional, electromagnetic-wave observatories. This is the first time scientists have detected gravitational waves in addition to light from the same cosmic event, opening a new window in observational astronomy, the ‘multi-messenger’ astronomy.
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màxim Cassini Spacecraft Makes Its Final Approach to Saturn , 15/09/2017
Cassini is ending its 13-year tour of the Saturn system with an intentional plunge into the planet to ensure Saturn's moons – in particular Enceladus, with its subsurface ocean and signs of hydrothermal activity – remain pristine for future exploration.

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màxim Cassini Spacecraft Makes Its Final Approach to Saturn , 15/09/2017
Cassini is ending its 13-year tour of the Saturn system with an intentional plunge into the planet to ensure Saturn's moons – in particular Enceladus, with its subsurface ocean and signs of hydrothermal activity – remain pristine for future exploration.

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màxim Cassini Spacecraft Makes Its Final Approach to Saturn , 15/09/2017
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màxim Distant Galaxies ‘Lift the Veil’ on the End of the Cosmic Dark Ages, 12/07/2017
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Astronomers studying the distant Universe have found that small star-forming galaxies were abundant when the Universe was only 800 million years old, a few percent of its present age. The results suggest that the earliest galaxies, which illuminated and ionized the Universe, formed at even earlier times.

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màxim Distant Galaxies ‘Lift the Veil’ on the End of the Cosmic Dark Ages, 12/07/2017
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Astronomers studying the distant Universe have found that small star-forming galaxies were abundant when the Universe was only 800 million years old, a few percent of its present age. The results suggest that the earliest galaxies, which illuminated and ionized the Universe, formed at even earlier times.

màxim Odd planetary system around fast-spinning star doesn't quite fit existing models of planet formation, 12/07/2017
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Astronomers have discovered a rare, warm, massive Jupiter-like planet orbiting a star that is rotating extremely quickly. The discovery raises puzzling questions about planet formation – neither the planet's comparatively small mass nor its large distance from its host star are expected according to current models.
 
màxim Big sunspot faces the Earth,, 11/07/2017
Five days after it first appeared, AR2665 has finally rotated into geoeffective position. AR2665 is by far the biggest sunspot of 2017, stretching more than 120,000 km from end to end. Moreover, it has an unstable 'beta-gamma' magnetic field that harbors energy for M-class explosions.The huge sunspot is directly facing Earth.
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màxim The latest asteroid discovered at Fabra Observatory is named after the UB professor Jorge Núñez,, 30/06/2017
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màxim III International Conference of Light Pollution in Cellers, Lleida,, 30/06/2017
The 3rd International Conference of Light Pollution (LPTMM) has been held from June 27 to 30, 2017 in Cellers (Lleida). Eighty experts in Theory, Modelling and Measurements of light pollution from 20 countries around the world have participated. The conference has been organized by the Parc Astronòmic Montsec (PAM) Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovak Academy of Sciences and the Cégep de Sherbrooke in Quebec in Canada.
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màxim No Universe without Big Bang, 15/06/2017
According to Einstein’s theory of relativity, the curvature of spacetime was infinite at the big bang. In fact, at this point all mathematical tools fail, and the theory breaks down. However, there remained the notion that perhaps the beginning of the universe could be treated in a simpler manner, and that the infinities of the big bang might be avoided. Now scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute/AEI) in Potsdam and at the Perimeter Institute in Canada have been able to use better mathematical methods to show that these ideas cannot work. The big bang, in its complicated glory, retains all its mystery.
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màxim Discovery of a super-Earth near to the habitable zone of a cool star, 30/05/2017
An international team led by researchers from the IAC, using the radial velocity method, have discovered a possibly rocky planet at the edge of the habitable zone of a red dwarf star. Only a few dozen planets of this kind are known and its detection was made possible with the HARPS-N spectrograph on the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (TNG) at the Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory, La Palma.

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màxim Big sunspot faces the Earth,, 11/07/2017
Five days after it first appeared, AR2665 has finally rotated into geoeffective position. AR2665 is by far the biggest sunspot of 2017, stretching more than 120,000 km from end to end. Moreover, it has an unstable 'beta-gamma' magnetic field that harbors energy for M-class explosions.The huge sunspot is directly facing Earth.
Click to view a movie of the sunspot's progression from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory:
 

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màxim The latest asteroid discovered at Fabra Observatory is named after the UB professor Jorge Núñez,, 30/06/2017
The asteroid 1941 WA has been named (4298) Jorgenunez. This celestial body, one of the minor planets in the main asteroid belt of the Solar System –located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter-, is named after Jorge Núñez de Murga director of the Fabra Observatory astronomical observatory of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences of Barcelona (RACAB) and member of the ICCUB and the FQA department of the University of Barcelona.

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màxim The latest asteroid discovered at Fabra Observatory is named after the UB professor Jorge Núñez,, 30/06/2017
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màxim III International Conference of Light Pollution in Cellers, Lleida,, 30/06/2017
The 3rd International Conference of Light Pollution (LPTMM) has been held from June 27 to 30, 2017 in Cellers (Lleida). Eighty experts in Theory, Modelling and Measurements of light pollution from 20 countries around the world have participated. The conference has been organized by the Parc Astronòmic Montsec (PAM) Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovak Academy of Sciences and the Cégep de Sherbrooke in Quebec in Canada.
 
màxim brain helps Gaia catch speeding stars, 26/06/2017
With the help of software that mimics a human brain, ESA’s Gaia satellite spotted six stars zipping at high speed from the centre of our Galaxy to its outskirts. This could provide key information about some of the most obscure regions of the Milky Way.

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màxim [III International Conference of Light Pollution in Cellers, Lleida,, 30/06/2017
The 3rd International Conference of Light Pollution (LPTMM) has been held from June 27 to 30, 2017 in Cellers (Lleida). Eighty experts in Theory, Modelling and Measurements of light pollution from 20 countries around the world have participated. The conference has been organized by the Parc Astronòmic Montsec (PAM) Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovak Academy of Sciences and the Cégep de Sherbrooke in Quebec in Canada.
 
màxim brain helps Gaia catch speeding stars, 26/06/2017
With the help of software that mimics a human brain, ESA’s Gaia satellite spotted six stars zipping at high speed from the centre of our Galaxy to its outskirts. This could provide key information about some of the most obscure regions of the Milky Way.

màxim No Universe without Big Bang, 15/06/2017
According to Einstein’s theory of relativity, the curvature of spacetime was infinite at the big bang. In fact, at this point all mathematical tools fail, and the theory breaks down. However, there remained the notion that perhaps the beginning of the universe could be treated in a simpler manner, and that the infinities of the big bang might be avoided. Now scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute/AEI) in Potsdam and at the Perimeter Institute in Canada have been able to use better mathematical methods to show that these ideas cannot work. The big bang, in its complicated glory, retains all its mystery.

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màxim brain helps Gaia catch speeding stars, 26/06/2017
With the help of software that mimics a human brain, ESA’s Gaia satellite spotted six stars zipping at high speed from the centre of our Galaxy to its outskirts. This could provide key information about some of the most obscure regions of the Milky Way.

màxim No Universe without Big Bang, 15/06/2017
According to Einstein’s theory of relativity, the curvature of spacetime was infinite at the big bang. In fact, at this point all mathematical tools fail, and the theory breaks down. However, there remained the notion that perhaps the beginning of the universe could be treated in a simpler manner, and that the infinities of the big bang might be avoided. Now scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute/AEI) in Potsdam and at the Perimeter Institute in Canada have been able to use better mathematical methods to show that these ideas cannot work. The big bang, in its complicated glory, retains all its mystery.

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màxim Discovery of a super-Earth near to the habitable zone of a cool star, 30/05/2017
An international team led by researchers from the IAC, using the radial velocity method, have discovered a possibly rocky planet at the edge of the habitable zone of a red dwarf star. Only a few dozen planets of this kind are known and its detection was made possible with the HARPS-N spectrograph on the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (TNG) at the Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory, La Palma.

màxim Astronomers map the Universe with the brightest objects in the sky, 18/05/2017
Astronomers with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) have created the first map of the large-scale structure of the Universe based entirely on the positions of quasars. Quasars are the incredibly bright and distant points of light powered by supermassive black holes.

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màxim Will Earth-like planets be found to have Earth-like oceans?,, 21/04/2017
For a planetary surface to boast extensive areas of both land and water, a delicate balance must be struck between the volume of water it retains and the capacity of its oceanic basins. Each of these two quantities may vary substantially across the full spectrum of water-bearing worlds. Why the Earth’s values are so well balanced is an unresolved and long-standing conundrum. In a paper published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (Ed. Oxford University Press) the author, Fergus Simpson of the Institute of Cosmos Science at the University of Barcelona, has constructed a statistical model – based on Bayesian probability – to predict the division between land and water on habitable exoplanets.

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màxim Will Earth-like planets be found to have Earth-like oceans?,, 21/04/2017
For a planetary surface to boast extensive areas of both land and water, a delicate balance must be struck between the volume of water it retains and the capacity of its oceanic basins. Each of these two quantities may vary substantially across the full spectrum of water-bearing worlds. Why the Earth’s values are so well balanced is an unresolved and long-standing conundrum. In a paper published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (Ed. Oxford University Press) the author, Fergus Simpson of the Institute of Cosmos Science at the University of Barcelona, has constructed a statistical model – based on Bayesian probability – to predict the division between land and water on habitable exoplanets.
 
màxim Asteroid 2014 JO25 will fly near Earth,, 10/04/2017
Next 19 April asteroid 2014 JO25, discovered on 2014, with a diametre of 650 metres, will fly safely past Earth at a distance of about 4,6 times the distance from Earth to the moon. Although there is no possibility for the asteroid to collide with our planet, this will be a very close approach for an asteroid of this size.

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màxim Asteroid 2014 JO25 will fly near Earth,, 10/04/2017
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Error: (1) can't find Ast_2014J025.jpg at /ServiAstro.Asteroid2014J025 Asteroid 2014 JO25 will fly near Earth,, 10/04/2017
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màxim Annular Eclipse of the Sun ,, 26/02/2017
In a narrow corridor cutting across the southern reaches of Chile and Argentina, and stretching across the Atlantic to Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Zambia in Africa, the Moon crossed the sun dead-center. Yet it only covered 99% of the solar disk. ( A video illustration of the path of the eclipse)
This picture was taken by Patricio Leon at 14:03 UT of February 26, in Santiago, Chile when the sun was 49% covered.
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màxim Annular Eclipse of the Sun, 26/02/2017
In a narrow corridor cutting across the southern reaches of Chile and Argentina, and stretching across the Atlantic to Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Zambia in Africa, the Moon crossed the sun dead-center. Yet it only covered 99% of the solar disk. ( A video illustration of the path of the eclipse)
Image taken by Enzo De Bernardini a Facundo, Chubut, Argentina.
 
màxim New data about two distant asteroids give a clue to the possible “Planet Nine”,, 22/02/2017
The dynamical properties of these asteroids, observed spectroscopiccally for the first time using the Gran Telescopio CANARIAS, suggest a possible common origin and give a clue to the existence of a planet beyond Pluto, the so-called “Planet Nine”.

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màxim Annular Eclipse of the Sun ,, 26/02/2017
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This picture was taken by Patricio Leon at 14:03 UT of February 26, in Santiago, Chile when the sun was 49% covered.
 
màxim New data about two distant asteroids give a clue to the possible “Planet Nine”,, 22/02/2017
The dynamical properties of these asteroids, observed spectroscopiccally for the first time using the Gran Telescopio CANARIAS, suggest a possible common origin and give a clue to the existence of a planet beyond Pluto, the so-called “Planet Nine”.

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màxim New Light on Dark Matter Halos,, 14/02/2017
For the past twenty years observers have been trying to test the effects of the predicted dark matter halos on the bars in barred galaxies. The basic idea is that according to simulation models which include the halos, these should have acted as a gravitational brake and slowed down the rotation of the bars during the lifetimes of galaxy discs.
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màxim Exhibitions to celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, 11/02/2017

màxim "Mujeres con pasión por las estrellas", 11/02/2017
Cesca Figueras comments on the role of women in astronomy in the "ARA"
 

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màxim New data about two distant asteroids give a clue to the possible “Planet Nine”,, 22/02/2017
The dynamical properties of these asteroids, observed spectroscopiccally for the first time using the Gran Telescopio CANARIAS, suggest a possible common origin and give a clue to the existence of a planet beyond Pluto, the so-called “Planet Nine”.

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For the past twenty years observers have been trying to test the effects of the predicted dark matter halos on the bars in barred galaxies. The basic idea is that according to simulation models which include the halos, these should have acted as a gravitational brake and slowed down the rotation of the bars during the lifetimes of galaxy discs. ||

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A new theory has come out claiming that the origin for the Moon was a multiple-little-impact against the old theory of an only one giant-impact. ||
 
màxim Gaia tuns its eyes to asteroid hunting, 24/01/2017
Whilst best known for its surveys of the stars and mapping the Milky Way in three dimensions, ESA's Gaia has many more strings to its bow. Among them, its contribution to our understanding of the asteroids that litter the Solar System. Now, for the first time, Gaia is not only providing information crucial to understanding known asteroids, it has also started to look for new ones, previously unknown to astronomers.

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màxim >Waiting for the Solar Storm,l, 17/01/2017
Solar storms are now becoming a phenomenon of risk given the great social dependence of electricity and communications.

màxim New theory of the formatiopn of the Moon, 11/01/2017
A new theory has come out claiming that the origin for the Moon was a multiple-little-impact against the old theory of an only one giant-impact.
 
màxim Gaia tuns its eyes to asteroid hunting, 24/01/2017
Whilst best known for its surveys of the stars and mapping the Milky Way in three dimensions, ESA's Gaia has many more strings to its bow. Among them, its contribution to our understanding of the asteroids that litter the Solar System. Now, for the first time, Gaia is not only providing information crucial to understanding known asteroids, it has also started to look for new ones, previously unknown to astronomers.

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màxim ALMA Starts Observing the Sun, 17/01/2017
New images taken with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile have revealed otherwise invisible details of our Sun, including a new view of the dark, contorted centre of a sunspot that is nearly twice the diameter of the Earth. The results are an important expansion of the range of observations that can be used to probe the physics of our nearest star.

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New images taken with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile have revealed otherwise invisible details of our Sun, including a new view of the dark, contorted centre of a sunspot that is nearly twice the diameter of the Earth. The results are an important expansion of the range of observations that can be used to probe the physics of our nearest star.
 
màxim Hubble Detects 'Exocomets' Taking the Plunge into a Young Star,1 2/01/2017
Interstellar forecast for a nearby star: Raining comets! NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered comets plunging into the star HD 172555, which is a youthful 23 million years old and resides 95 light-years from Earth. The exocomets — comets outside our solar system — were not directly seen around the star, but their presence was inferred by detecting gas that is likely the vaporized remnants of their icy nuclei.

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Interstellar forecast for a nearby star: Raining comets! NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered comets plunging into the star HD 172555, which is a youthful 23 million years old and resides 95 light-years from Earth. The exocomets — comets outside our solar system — were not directly seen around the star, but their presence was inferred by detecting gas that is likely the vaporized remnants of their icy nuclei.
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December 2016

màxim Spinning Black Hole Swallowing Star Explains Superluminous Event, 12/12/2016
An extraordinarily brilliant point of light seen in a distant galaxy, and dubbed ASASSN-15lh, was thought to be the brightest supernova ever seen. But new observations from several observatories, including ESO, have now cast doubt on this classification. Instead, a group of astronomers propose that the source was an even more extreme and very rare event — a rapidly spinning black hole ripping apart a passing star that came too close.

màxim Preventing solar storms, 12/12/2016
Blai Sanahuja, Full Professor at the University of Barcelona, expert on the Space Weather, speaks to Ara newspaper about this topic

màxim Dark Matter May be Smoother than Expected, 07/12/2016
Analysis of a giant new galaxy survey, made with ESO’s VLT Survey Telescope in Chile, suggests that dark matter may be less dense and more smoothly distributed throughout space than previously thought.

November

màxim MAGIC observes a gravitational lens at very high energies,11/11/2016
Scientists working with the Major Atmospheric Gamma-ray Imaging Cherenkov (MAGIC) observatory report the discovery of the most distant gamma-ray source ever observed at very high energies, thanks to the “replay” of an enormous flare by a galactic gravitational lens as foreseen by Einstein’s General Relativity.

màxim Sculpting Solar Systems, 09/11/2016
ESO’s SPHERE instrument reveals protoplanetary discs being shaped by newborn planets

màxim The IEEC celebrates its 20th anniversary with a lecture series "Descobrint l'Univers" at CosmoCaixa, 07/11/2016
The Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) turns 20. Two decades dedicated to know the universe. The four units that form the IEEC: The Institute of Cosmos (UB) Science, the Institute of Space Sciences (CSIC), the Centre for Studies and Space Research (UAB) and the research group in Science and Technology of the Space (UPC) have participated during these 20 years in various space missions of different space agencies and have contributed significantly to the knowledge of astrophysics and astronomy.

màxim Gaia spies two temporarily magnified stars, 03/11/2016
While scanning the sky to measure the position of over one billion stars in our Galaxy, ESA's Gaia satellite has detected two rare instances of stars whose light was temporarily boosted by other celestial objects passing across their lines of sight. One of these stars is expected to brighten again soon. Gaia's measurements will be instrumental to learn more about the nature of these 'cosmic magnifying glasses'.

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September 2016

màxim Signed the agreement to host the Northern CTA observatory at La Palma, 23/09/2016
On September 19, the Consortium Network Cherenkov telescopes (CTA) has signed a framework agreement with the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC) to install the Cherenkov observatory in the northern hemisphere in the Roque de los Muchachos on the island of La Palm.

màxim Gaia presents the most accurate map of the Universe, 14/09/2016
Wednesday September 14, the European Space Agency (ESA) has published the first data for Gaia mission, an astrometry mission aiming to create the most precise map of stars of our galaxy, the Milky Way.

màxim Gaia Data Release set for 14 September, 07/09/2016
ESA's billion-star surveyor Gaia, launched on 19 December 2013, and in routine science operations since 25 July 2014, will release the first mission data on 14 September 2016.

màxim RoseTTa finale on 30 September, 06/09/2016
Rosetta is set to complete its mission in a controlled descent to the surface of its comet on 30 September.
The mission is coming to an end as a result of the spacecraft’s ever-increasing distance from the Sun and Earth. It is heading out towards the orbit of Jupiter, resulting in significantly reduced solar power to operate the craft and its instruments, and a reduction in bandwidth available to downlink scientific data.

màxim Philae found, 06/09/2016
Less than a month before the end of the mission, Rosetta’s high-resolution camera has revealed the Philae lander wedged into a dark crack on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

August 2016

màxim Rosetta captures comet outburst, 25/08/2016
In unprecedented observations made earlier this year, Rosetta unexpectedly captured a dramatic comet outburst that may have been triggered by a landslide.

màxim Planet Found in Habitable Zone Around Nearest Star, 25/08/2016
Astronomers using ESO telescopes and other facilities have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri. The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface. This rocky world is a little more massive than the Earth and is the closest exoplanet to us — and it may also be the closest possible abode for life outside the Solar System.

July 2016

màxim On second more in 2016, 6/07/2016,
The International Earth Rotation and Reference System Service (IERS), announced that on 31 December 2016 will add a second to our clock time (UTC) to adjust it with the Solar Time (UT). This Time difference corresponds to the variability of the terrestrial rotation.
Monograph about Time mesurement (catalan)

màxim Juno in orbit around Jupiter, 05/07/2016
After an almost five-year journey to the solar system’s largest planet, NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter’s orbit during a 35-minute engine burn. Confirmation that the burn had completed was received on Earth at 8:53 p.m. PDT (11:53 p.m. EDT) Monday, July 4.

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màxim Gaia data release set for 14 September, 04/07/2016
ESA's billion-star surveyor Gaia, launched on 19 December 2013, and in routine science operations since 25 July 2014, will release the first mission data on 14 September 2016.

June 2016

màxim Juno to risk Jupiter's fireworks for science on 4th July, 20/06/2016
On July 4, NASA's mission Juno will fly within 2,900 miles (4,667 kilometres) of the cloud tops of our solar system’s largest planet.

Juno will fire its main engine for 35 minutes, placing it into a polar orbit around the gas giant. During the flybys, Juno will probe beneath the obscuring cloud cover of Jupiter and study its auroras to learn more about the planet's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere.

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màxim Unexpected Excess of Giant Planets in Star Cluster, 17/06/2016
An international team of astronomers have found that there are far more planets of the hot Jupiter type than expected in a cluster of stars called Messier 67. This surprising result was obtained using a number of telescopes and instruments, among them the HARPS spectrograph at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. The denser environment in a cluster will cause more frequent interactions between planets and nearby stars, which may explain the excess of hot Jupiters.

màxim LIGO detects gravitational waves from a second pair of colliding black holes, 15/06/2015
The Group of Relativity and Gravitation at the University of the Balearic Islands participates through the LIGO Scientific Collaboration in identifying a second event of gravitational waves in data-LIGO detectors Advanced.
On December 26, 2015 at 03:38:53 UTC, scientists observed gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of spacetime — for the second time. The gravitational waves were detected by both of the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational – Wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors, located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, USA.

màxim Primera detección de alcohol metílico en un disco de formación planetaria, 15/06/2015
The organic molecule methyl alcohol (methanol) has been found by the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA) in the TW Hydrae protoplanetary disc. This is the first such detection of the compound in a young planet-forming disc. Methanol is the only complex organic molecule as yet detected in discs that unambiguously derives from an icy form. Its detection helps astronomers understand the chemical processes that occur during the formation of planetary systems and that ultimately lead to the creation of the ingredients for life.

màxim Asteroseismologists listen to the relics of the Milky Way: sounds from the oldest stars in our Galaxy, 08/06/2015
The research team, from the University of Birmingham’s School of Physics and Astronomy, has reported the detection of resonant acoustic oscillations of stars in ‘M4’, one of the oldest known clusters of stars in the Galaxy, some 13 billion years old.
Listen to the star sound clicking on the image of the news page

May 2016

màxim PO molecule, one step to the origin of the life in the Universe, 27/05/2015
For the first time a prebiotic molecule PO has been detected in star-forming regions. This molecule plays a key role in the formation of the DNA structure and thus, directly related to the life's origin.

màxim Rosetta's comet contains ingredients for life, 27 de mayo 2015
Ingredients regarded as crucial for the origin of life on Earth have been discovered at the comet that ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has been probing for almost two years.They include the amino acid glycine, which is commonly found in proteins, and phosphorus, a key component of DNA and cell membranes.

global-mosaic-of-pluto-in-true-color.jpg Pluto’s Interaction with the Solar Wind is Unique, Study Finds ,05/05/2016,
Pluto behaves less like a comet than expected and somewhat more like a planet like Mars or Venus in the way it interacts with the solar wind, a continuous stream of charged particles from the sun.

Magic Eye Mercury large.jpg Magic Eye Mercury ,05/05/2016,
This image offers an intriguing view of Mercury’s Kertész crater, as viewed by NASA’s Messenger orbiter. Reminiscent of a ‘Magic Eye’ optical illusion, the image may show one of two things: either a mound bulging out of the planetary surface, looming towards the camera like a dome, or – correctly – a crater that dips into Mercury’s crust.

starspot-images-give-insights-into-early-sun-zet-2011-orig-20160504.jpg 'Starspot' images give insights into early sun ,05/05/2016,
Astronomers at the University of Michigan have taken close-up pictures of a nearby star that show starspots—sunspots outside our solar system.

April 2016

museumiro.jpg Star Party at the Fundació Miró , 30/04/2016,
The Fundació Joan Miró, in collaboration with the Universitat de Barcelona and Parc Astronòmic Montsec has organized a public viewing night.
The stargazing activity has been substituted for the colloquium "Descobrim l'Univers" by the astronomers Eduard Masana, J. Manel Carrasco and Salvador J. Ribas.

FESTACIENCIAUB.jpg Solar Observation at the " II Festa de la Ciència de la UB" , 29 April 2016,
On 29th April 2016, the Universitat de Barcelona open its doors to the public to celebrate the "II Festa de la Ciència UB".The aim of this activity is make the research done at the Universtat de Barcelona accessible to all public in a ludic and innovative way.In the UB campus, during the day will be organized outreach activities where the researcher's work will be shown and its repercussion on the Society progress explained.
The Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (IEEC-UB) and the Quantum Physics and Astrophysics Department will install a telescope in front of the entrance to the Historical Building of the University in order to offer to the public a solar observation.

March 2016

salo2016.jpg Cosmic Distances Activity on the "Saló de l'ensenyament"

TSE2016globe1v.jpg Total Solar Eclipse, 09 March,
On 9th March 2016 took place a Total Solar Eclipse, the only total eclipse of the 2016. It was visible on its totallity from East Asia, Australia and the Pacífic. It could be seen as partial from Sumatra and Borneo

February 2016

01 TelescopiCatala Introi baixa.JPG Exhibition "Telescopi Asssumpció Català", 24 February 2016
On 4 March will open the exhibition "Catalan Telescope Assumption" on the occasion of the "baptism" of a new telescope at the Centre for Observation of the Universe, Ager. Maria Assumpció Català was the first astronomer numerary teacher at a University in Spain. The exhibition has been prepared by members of the Department of Astronomy and Meteorology at the University of Barcelona and is available for free.

màxim ATLASGAL Survey of Milky Way Completed, 24 February 2016
The APEX telescope in Chile has mapped the full area of the Galactic Plane visible from the southern hemisphere for the first time at submillimetre wavelengths — between infrared light and radio waves — and in finer detail than recent space-based surveys

màxim LIGO Detected Gravitational Waves from Black Holes, 12 February 2016
On September 14, 2015 at 5:51 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (09:51 UTC), the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors, located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, USA both measured ripples in the fabric of spacetime – gravitational waves – arriving at the Earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe.

màxim "Gravitational waves. Have they been found?", 12 de febrero de 2016
Scientists to provide update on the search for gravitational waves. 100 years after Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves, the National Science Foundation gathers scientists from Caltech, MIT and the LIGO Scienti­c Collaboration to update the scienti­c community on efforts to detect them.

màxim Meteor Showers names at the TERMCAT, 8 February 2016
On the occasion of alpha-Centaurids meteor shower, TERMCAT has published this interactive map of constellations with reference to a fifteen meteor showers. The meteor shower from Centaurus constellation is one of the first of the year: it has a peak activity on the 8th of February, although it takes place throughout the first fortnight of the month.

màxim ‘Woohoo!’ email stokes rumor that gravitational waves have been spotted, 5 February 2016
For weeks, gossip has spread around the Internet that researchers with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) have spotted gravitational waves—ripples in space itself set off by violent astrophysical events. In particular, rumor has it that LIGO physicists have seen two black holes spiraling into each other and merging. But now, an email message that ended up on Twitter adds some specific numbers to those rumors.

January 2016

màxim The most energetic light ever observed from a pulsar, 16 January 2016
A group of scientists working on the Major Atmospheric Gamma-ray Imaging Cherenkov (MAGIC) observatory, have reported the discovery of the most energetic pulsating radiation ever detected from a stellar object: the Crab pulsar.

màxim New volcanic rocks on the Moon, 12 January 2016
Rover finds volcanic rocks unlike those returned by Apollo and Luna missions, tantalizing clues to the period of lunar volcanism

màxim First global age map of the Milky Way, 8 January 2016
Using completely new ways of deducing the ages of so-called red giant stars from observational data, astronomers have created the first large-scale map that shows stellar ages in the Milky Way
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ESO has signed an agreement with the Breakthrough Initiatives to adapt the Very Large Telescope instrumentation in Chile to conduct a search for planets in the nearby star system Alpha Centauri. Such planets could be the targets for an eventual launch of miniature space probes by the Breakthrough Starshot initiative. ||
 

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màxim Spinning Black Hole Swallowing Star Explains Superluminous Event, 12/12/2016
An extraordinarily brilliant point of light seen in a distant galaxy, and dubbed ASASSN-15lh, was thought to be the brightest supernova ever seen. But new observations from several observatories, including ESO, have now cast doubt on this classification. Instead, a group of astronomers propose that the source was an even more extreme and very rare event — a rapidly spinning black hole ripping apart a passing star that came too close.

màxim Preventing solar storms, 12/12/2016
Blai Sanahuja, Full Professor at the University of Barcelona, expert on the Space Weather, speaks to Ara newspaper about this topic

màxim Dark Matter May be Smoother than Expected, 07/12/2016
Analysis of a giant new galaxy survey, made with ESO’s VLT Survey Telescope in Chile, suggests that dark matter may be less dense and more smoothly distributed throughout space than previously thought.
 

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Scientists working with the Major Atmospheric Gamma-ray Imaging Cherenkov (MAGIC) observatory report the discovery of the most distant gamma-ray source ever observed at very high energies, thanks to the “replay” of an enormous flare by a galactic gravitational lens as foreseen by Einstein’s General Relativity.
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màxim The IEEC celebrates its 20th anniversary with a lecture series "Descobrint l'Univers" at CosmoCaixa, 07/11/2016
The Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) turns 20. Two decades dedicated to know the universe. The four units that form the IEEC: The Institute of Cosmos (UB) Science, the Institute of Space Sciences (CSIC), the Centre for Studies and Space Research (UAB) and the research group in Science and Technology of the Space (UPC) have participated during these 20 years in various space missions of different space agencies and have contributed significantly to the knowledge of astrophysics and astronomy.

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Scientists working with the Major Atmospheric Gamma-ray Imaging Cherenkov (MAGIC) observatory report the discovery of the most distant gamma-ray source ever observed at very high energies, thanks to the “replay” of an enormous flare by a galactic gravitational lens as foreseen by Einstein’s General Relativity.
 
màxim The IEEC celebrates its 20th anniversary with a lecture series "Descobrint l'Univers" at CosmoCaixa, 07/11/2016
The Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) turns 20. Two decades dedicated to know the universe. The four units that form the IEEC: The Institute of Cosmos (UB) Science, the Institute of Space Sciences (CSIC), the Centre for Studies and Space Research (UAB) and the research group in Science and Technology of the Space (UPC) have participated during these 20 years in various space missions of different space agencies and have contributed significantly to the knowledge of astrophysics and astronomy.

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màxim Gaia spies two temporarily magnified stars, 03/11/2016
While scanning the sky to measure the position of over one billion stars in our Galaxy, ESA's Gaia satellite has detected two rare instances of stars whose light was temporarily boosted by other celestial objects passing across their lines of sight. One of these stars is expected to brighten again soon. Gaia's measurements will be instrumental to learn more about the nature of these 'cosmic magnifying glasses'.
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The Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) turns 20. Two decades dedicated to know the universe. The four units that form the IEEC: The Institute of Cosmos (UB) Science, the Institute of Space Sciences (CSIC), the Centre for Studies and Space Research (UAB) and the research group in Science and Technology of the Space (UPC) have participated during these 20 years in various space missions of different space agencies and have contributed significantly to the knowledge of astrophysics and astronomy.

màxim Gaia spies two temporarily magnified stars, 03/11/2016
While scanning the sky to measure the position of over one billion stars in our Galaxy, ESA's Gaia satellite has detected two rare instances of stars whose light was temporarily boosted by other celestial objects passing across their lines of sight. One of these stars is expected to brighten again soon. Gaia's measurements will be instrumental to learn more about the nature of these 'cosmic magnifying glasses'.
 

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On September 19, the Consortium Network Cherenkov telescopes (CTA) has signed a framework agreement with the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC) to install the Cherenkov observatory in the northern hemisphere in the Roque de los Muchachos on the island of La Palm.
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On September 19, the Consortium Network Cherenkov telescopes (CTA) has signed a framework agreement with the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC) to install the Cherenkov observatory in the northern hemisphere in the Roque de los Muchachos on the island of La Palm.
 
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màxim Gaia presents the most accurate map of the Universe, 14/09/2016
Wednesday September 14, the European Space Agency (ESA) has published the first data for Gaia mission, an astrometry mission aiming to create the most precise map of stars of our galaxy, the Milky Way.
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Wednesday September 14, the European Space Agency (ESA) has published the first data for Gaia mission, an astrometry mission aiming to create the most precise map of stars of our galaxy, the Milky Way.
 
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ESA's billion-star surveyor Gaia, launched on 19 December 2013, and in routine science operations since 25 July 2014, will release the first mission data on 14 September 2016.
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màxim Gaia Data Release set for 14 September, 07/09/2016
ESA's billion-star surveyor Gaia, launched on 19 December 2013, and in routine science operations since 25 July 2014, will release the first mission data on 14 September 2016.
 
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màxim RoseTTa finale on 30 September, 06/09/2016
Rosetta is set to complete its mission in a controlled descent to the surface of its comet on 30 September.
The mission is coming to an end as a result of the spacecraft’s ever-increasing distance from the Sun and Earth. It is heading out towards the orbit of Jupiter, resulting in significantly reduced solar power to operate the craft and its instruments, and a reduction in bandwidth available to downlink scientific data.
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màxim RoseTTa finale on 30 September, 06/09/2016
Rosetta is set to complete its mission in a controlled descent to the surface of its comet on 30 September.
The mission is coming to an end as a result of the spacecraft’s ever-increasing distance from the Sun and Earth. It is heading out towards the orbit of Jupiter, resulting in significantly reduced solar power to operate the craft and its instruments, and a reduction in bandwidth available to downlink scientific data.
 
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Less than a month before the end of the mission, Rosetta’s high-resolution camera has revealed the Philae lander wedged into a dark crack on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.
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Less than a month before the end of the mission, Rosetta’s high-resolution camera has revealed the Philae lander wedged into a dark crack on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.
 

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In unprecedented observations made earlier this year, Rosetta unexpectedly captured a dramatic comet outburst that may have been triggered by a landslide.
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In unprecedented observations made earlier this year, Rosetta unexpectedly captured a dramatic comet outburst that may have been triggered by a landslide.
 
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màxim Planet Found in Habitable Zone Around Nearest Star, 25/08/2016
Astronomers using ESO telescopes and other facilities have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri. The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface. This rocky world is a little more massive than the Earth and is the closest exoplanet to us — and it may also be the closest possible abode for life outside the Solar System.
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Astronomers using ESO telescopes and other facilities have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri. The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface. This rocky world is a little more massive than the Earth and is the closest exoplanet to us — and it may also be the closest possible abode for life outside the Solar System.
 

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The International Earth Rotation and Reference System Service (IERS), announced that on 31 December 2016 will add a second to our clock time (UTC) to adjust it with the Solar Time (UT). This Time difference corresponds to the variability of the terrestrial rotation.
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The International Earth Rotation and Reference System Service (IERS), announced that on 31 December 2016 will add a second to our clock time (UTC) to adjust it with the Solar Time (UT). This Time difference corresponds to the variability of the terrestrial rotation.
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After an almost five-year journey to the solar system’s largest planet, NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter’s orbit during a 35-minute engine burn. Confirmation that the burn had completed was received on Earth at 8:53 p.m. PDT (11:53 p.m. EDT) Monday, July 4.

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After an almost five-year journey to the solar system’s largest planet, NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter’s orbit during a 35-minute engine burn. Confirmation that the burn had completed was received on Earth at 8:53 p.m. PDT (11:53 p.m. EDT) Monday, July 4.

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ESA's billion-star surveyor Gaia, launched on 19 December 2013, and in routine science operations since 25 July 2014, will release the first mission data on 14 September 2016.
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ESA's billion-star surveyor Gaia, launched on 19 December 2013, and in routine science operations since 25 July 2014, will release the first mission data on 14 September 2016.
 

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On July 4, NASA's mission Juno will fly within 2,900 miles (4,667 kilometres) of the cloud tops of our solar system’s largest planet.

Juno will fire its main engine for 35 minutes, placing it into a polar orbit around the gas giant. During the flybys, Juno will probe beneath the obscuring cloud cover of Jupiter and study its auroras to learn more about the planet's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere.

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On July 4, NASA's mission Juno will fly within 2,900 miles (4,667 kilometres) of the cloud tops of our solar system’s largest planet.

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An international team of astronomers have found that there are far more planets of the hot Jupiter type than expected in a cluster of stars called Messier 67. This surprising result was obtained using a number of telescopes and instruments, among them the HARPS spectrograph at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. The denser environment in a cluster will cause more frequent interactions between planets and nearby stars, which may explain the excess of hot Jupiters.
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An international team of astronomers have found that there are far more planets of the hot Jupiter type than expected in a cluster of stars called Messier 67. This surprising result was obtained using a number of telescopes and instruments, among them the HARPS spectrograph at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. The denser environment in a cluster will cause more frequent interactions between planets and nearby stars, which may explain the excess of hot Jupiters.
 
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The Group of Relativity and Gravitation at the University of the Balearic Islands participates through the LIGO Scientific Collaboration in identifying a second event of gravitational waves in data-LIGO detectors Advanced.
On December 26, 2015 at 03:38:53 UTC, scientists observed gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of spacetime — for the second time. The gravitational waves were detected by both of the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational – Wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors, located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, USA.
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The Group of Relativity and Gravitation at the University of the Balearic Islands participates through the LIGO Scientific Collaboration in identifying a second event of gravitational waves in data-LIGO detectors Advanced.
On December 26, 2015 at 03:38:53 UTC, scientists observed gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of spacetime — for the second time. The gravitational waves were detected by both of the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational – Wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors, located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, USA.
 
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The organic molecule methyl alcohol (methanol) has been found by the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA) in the TW Hydrae protoplanetary disc. This is the first such detection of the compound in a young planet-forming disc. Methanol is the only complex organic molecule as yet detected in discs that unambiguously derives from an icy form. Its detection helps astronomers understand the chemical processes that occur during the formation of planetary systems and that ultimately lead to the creation of the ingredients for life.
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The organic molecule methyl alcohol (methanol) has been found by the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA) in the TW Hydrae protoplanetary disc. This is the first such detection of the compound in a young planet-forming disc. Methanol is the only complex organic molecule as yet detected in discs that unambiguously derives from an icy form. Its detection helps astronomers understand the chemical processes that occur during the formation of planetary systems and that ultimately lead to the creation of the ingredients for life.
 
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The research team, from the University of Birmingham’s School of Physics and Astronomy, has reported the detection of resonant acoustic oscillations of stars in ‘M4’, one of the oldest known clusters of stars in the Galaxy, some 13 billion years old.
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The research team, from the University of Birmingham’s School of Physics and Astronomy, has reported the detection of resonant acoustic oscillations of stars in ‘M4’, one of the oldest known clusters of stars in the Galaxy, some 13 billion years old.
Listen to the star sound clicking on the image of the news page
 

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For the first time a prebiotic molecule PO has been detected in star-forming regions. This molecule plays a key role in the formation of the DNA structure and thus, directly related to the life's origin.
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For the first time a prebiotic molecule PO has been detected in star-forming regions. This molecule plays a key role in the formation of the DNA structure and thus, directly related to the life's origin.
 
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Ingredients regarded as crucial for the origin of life on Earth have been discovered at the comet that ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has been probing for almost two years.They include the amino acid glycine, which is commonly found in proteins, and phosphorus, a key component of DNA and cell membranes.
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Ingredients regarded as crucial for the origin of life on Earth have been discovered at the comet that ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has been probing for almost two years.They include the amino acid glycine, which is commonly found in proteins, and phosphorus, a key component of DNA and cell membranes.
 
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Pluto behaves less like a comet than expected and somewhat more like a planet like Mars or Venus in the way it interacts with the solar wind, a continuous stream of charged particles from the sun.
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Pluto behaves less like a comet than expected and somewhat more like a planet like Mars or Venus in the way it interacts with the solar wind, a continuous stream of charged particles from the sun.
 
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This image offers an intriguing view of Mercury’s Kertész crater, as viewed by NASA’s Messenger orbiter. Reminiscent of a ‘Magic Eye’ optical illusion, the image may show one of two things: either a mound bulging out of the planetary surface, looming towards the camera like a dome, or – correctly – a crater that dips into Mercury’s crust.
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This image offers an intriguing view of Mercury’s Kertész crater, as viewed by NASA’s Messenger orbiter. Reminiscent of a ‘Magic Eye’ optical illusion, the image may show one of two things: either a mound bulging out of the planetary surface, looming towards the camera like a dome, or – correctly – a crater that dips into Mercury’s crust.
 
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Astronomers at the University of Michigan have taken close-up pictures of a nearby star that show starspots—sunspots outside our solar system.
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Astronomers at the University of Michigan have taken close-up pictures of a nearby star that show starspots—sunspots outside our solar system.
 

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The Fundació Joan Miró, in collaboration with the Universitat de Barcelona and Parc Astronòmic Montsec has organized a public viewing night.
The stargazing activity has been substituted for the colloquium "Descobrim l'Univers" by the astronomers Eduard Masana, J. Manel Carrasco and Salvador J. Ribas.
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The Fundació Joan Miró, in collaboration with the Universitat de Barcelona and Parc Astronòmic Montsec has organized a public viewing night.
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On 29th April 2016, the Universitat de Barcelona open its doors to the public to celebrate the "II Festa de la Ciència UB".The aim of this activity is make the research done at the Universtat de Barcelona accessible to all public in a ludic and innovative way.In the UB campus, during the day will be organized outreach activities where the researcher's work will be shown and its repercussion on the Society progress explained.
The Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (IEEC-UB) and the Quantum Physics and Astrophysics Department will install a telescope in front of the entrance to the Historical Building of the University in order to offer to the public a solar observation.
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The Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (IEEC-UB) and the Quantum Physics and Astrophysics Department will install a telescope in front of the entrance to the Historical Building of the University in order to offer to the public a solar observation.
 

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On 9th March 2016 took place a Total Solar Eclipse, the only total eclipse of the 2016. It was visible on its totallity from East Asia, Australia and the Pacífic. It could be seen as partial from Sumatra and Borneo
 

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On 4 March will open the exhibition "Catalan Telescope Assumption" on the occasion of the "baptism" of a new telescope at the Centre for Observation of the Universe, Ager. Maria Assumpció Català was the first astronomer numerary teacher at a University in Spain. The exhibition has been prepared by members of the Department of Astronomy and Meteorology at the University of Barcelona and is available for free.
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On 4 March will open the exhibition "Catalan Telescope Assumption" on the occasion of the "baptism" of a new telescope at the Centre for Observation of the Universe, Ager. Maria Assumpció Català was the first astronomer numerary teacher at a University in Spain. The exhibition has been prepared by members of the Department of Astronomy and Meteorology at the University of Barcelona and is available for free.
 
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màxim ATLASGAL Survey of Milky Way Completed, 24 February 2016
The APEX telescope in Chile has mapped the full area of the Galactic Plane visible from the southern hemisphere for the first time at submillimetre wavelengths — between infrared light and radio waves — and in finer detail than recent space-based surveys
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màxim ATLASGAL Survey of Milky Way Completed, 24 February 2016
The APEX telescope in Chile has mapped the full area of the Galactic Plane visible from the southern hemisphere for the first time at submillimetre wavelengths — between infrared light and radio waves — and in finer detail than recent space-based surveys
 
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On September 14, 2015 at 5:51 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (09:51 UTC), the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors, located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, USA both measured ripples in the fabric of spacetime – gravitational waves – arriving at the Earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe.
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màxim LIGO Detected Gravitational Waves from Black Holes, 12 February 2016
On September 14, 2015 at 5:51 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (09:51 UTC), the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors, located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, USA both measured ripples in the fabric of spacetime – gravitational waves – arriving at the Earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe.
 
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Scientists to provide update on the search for gravitational waves. 100 years after Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves, the National Science Foundation gathers scientists from Caltech, MIT and the LIGO Scienti­c Collaboration to update the scienti­c community on efforts to detect them.
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màxim "Gravitational waves. Have they been found?", 12 de febrero de 2016
Scientists to provide update on the search for gravitational waves. 100 years after Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves, the National Science Foundation gathers scientists from Caltech, MIT and the LIGO Scienti­c Collaboration to update the scienti­c community on efforts to detect them.
 
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On the occasion of alpha-Centaurids meteor shower, TERMCAT has published this interactive map of constellations with reference to a fifteen meteor showers. The meteor shower from Centaurus constellation is one of the first of the year: it has a peak activity on the 8th of February, although it takes place throughout the first fortnight of the month.
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màxim Meteor Showers names at the TERMCAT, 8 February 2016
On the occasion of alpha-Centaurids meteor shower, TERMCAT has published this interactive map of constellations with reference to a fifteen meteor showers. The meteor shower from Centaurus constellation is one of the first of the year: it has a peak activity on the 8th of February, although it takes place throughout the first fortnight of the month.
 
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For weeks, gossip has spread around the Internet that researchers with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) have spotted gravitational waves—ripples in space itself set off by violent astrophysical events. In particular, rumor has it that LIGO physicists have seen two black holes spiraling into each other and merging. But now, an email message that ended up on Twitter adds some specific numbers to those rumors.
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For weeks, gossip has spread around the Internet that researchers with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) have spotted gravitational waves—ripples in space itself set off by violent astrophysical events. In particular, rumor has it that LIGO physicists have seen two black holes spiraling into each other and merging. But now, an email message that ended up on Twitter adds some specific numbers to those rumors.
 

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A group of scientists working on the Major Atmospheric Gamma-ray Imaging Cherenkov (MAGIC) observatory, have reported the discovery of the most energetic pulsating radiation ever detected from a stellar object: the Crab pulsar.
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A group of scientists working on the Major Atmospheric Gamma-ray Imaging Cherenkov (MAGIC) observatory, have reported the discovery of the most energetic pulsating radiation ever detected from a stellar object: the Crab pulsar.
 
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Rover finds volcanic rocks unlike those returned by Apollo and Luna missions, tantalizing clues to the period of lunar volcanism
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Rover finds volcanic rocks unlike those returned by Apollo and Luna missions, tantalizing clues to the period of lunar volcanism
 
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Using completely new ways of deducing the ages of so-called red giant stars from observational data, astronomers have created the first large-scale map that shows stellar ages in the Milky Way
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màxim First global age map of the Milky Way, 8 January 2016
Using completely new ways of deducing the ages of so-called red giant stars from observational data, astronomers have created the first large-scale map that shows stellar ages in the Milky Way
 

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màxim Gaia spies two temporarily magnified stars, 03/11/2016
While scanning the sky to measure the position of over one billion stars in our Galaxy, ESA's Gaia satellite has detected two rare instances of stars whose light was temporarily boosted by other celestial objects passing across their lines of sight. One of these stars is expected to brighten again soon. Gaia's measurements will be instrumental to learn more about the nature of these 'cosmic magnifying glasses'.
 

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Rosetta is set to complete its mission in a controlled descent to the surface of its comet on 30 September.
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màxim Philae found, 06/09/2016
Less than a month before the end of the mission, Rosetta’s high-resolution camera has revealed the Philae lander wedged into a dark crack on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

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màxim Signed the agreement to host the Northern CTA observatory at La Palma, 23/09/2016
On September 19, the Consortium Network Cherenkov telescopes (CTA) has signed a framework agreement with the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC) to install the Cherenkov observatory in the northern hemisphere in the Roque de los Muchachos on the island of La Palm.

màxim Gaia presents the most accurate map of the Universe, 14/09/2016
Wednesday September 14, the European Space Agency (ESA) has published the first data for Gaia mission, an astrometry mission aiming to create the most precise map of stars of our galaxy, the Milky Way.

màxim Gaia Data Release set for 14 September, 07/09/2016
ESA's billion-star surveyor Gaia, launched on 19 December 2013, and in routine science operations since 25 July 2014, will release the first mission data on 14 September 2016.
 
màxim RoseTTa finale on 30 September, 06/09/2016
Rosetta is set to complete its mission in a controlled descent to the surface of its comet on 30 September.
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màxim RoseTTa finale on 30 September, 06/09/2016
Rosetta is set to complete its mission in a controlled descent to the surface of its comet on 30 September.
The mission is coming to an end as a result of the spacecraft’s ever-increasing distance from the Sun and Earth. It is heading out towards the orbit of Jupiter, resulting in significantly reduced solar power to operate the craft and its instruments, and a reduction in bandwidth available to downlink scientific data.

màxim Philae found, 06/09/2016
Less than a month before the end of the mission, Rosetta’s high-resolution camera has revealed the Philae lander wedged into a dark crack on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.
 

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màxim Rosetta captures comet outburst, 25/08/2016
In unprecedented observations made earlier this year, Rosetta unexpectedly captured a dramatic comet outburst that may have been triggered by a landslide.

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màxim Rosetta captures comet outburst, 25/08/2016
In unprecedented observations made earlier this year, Rosetta unexpectedly captured a dramatic comet outburst that may have been triggered by a landslide.
 
màxim Planet Found in Habitable Zone Around Nearest Star, 25/08/2016
Astronomers using ESO telescopes and other facilities have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri. The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface. This rocky world is a little more massive than the Earth and is the closest exoplanet to us — and it may also be the closest possible abode for life outside the Solar System.

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Astronomers using ESO telescopes and other facilities have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri. The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface. This rocky world is a little more massive than the Earth and is the closest exoplanet to us — and it may also be the closest possible abode for life outside the Solar System.
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màxim Planet Found in Habitable Zone Around Nearest Star, 25/08/2016
Astronomers using ESO telescopes and other facilities have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri. The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface. This rocky world is a little more massive than the Earth and is the closest exoplanet to us — and it may also be the closest possible abode for life outside the Solar System.
 

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màxim Planet Found in Habitable Zone Around Nearest Star, 25/08/2016
Astronomers using ESO telescopes and other facilities have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri. The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface. This rocky world is a little more massive than the Earth and is the closest exoplanet to us — and it may also be the closest possible abode for life outside the Solar System.
 

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màxim On second more in 2016, 6/07/2016,
The International Earth Rotation and Reference System Service (IERS), announced that on 31 December 2016 will add a second to our clock time (UTC) to adjust it with the Solar Time (UT). This Time difference corresponds to the variability of the terrestrial rotation.
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màxim Juno in orbit around Jupiter, 05/07/2016
After an almost five-year journey to the solar system’s largest planet, NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter’s orbit during a 35-minute engine burn. Confirmation that the burn had completed was received on Earth at 8:53 p.m. PDT (11:53 p.m. EDT) Monday, July 4.

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màxim Gaia data release set for 14 September, 04/07/2016
ESA's billion-star surveyor Gaia, launched on 19 December 2013, and in routine science operations since 25 July 2014, will release the first mission data on 14 September 2016.

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After an almost five-year journey to the solar system’s largest planet, NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter’s orbit during a 35-minute engine burn. Confirmation that the burn had completed was received on Earth at 8:53 p.m. PDT (11:53 p.m. EDT) Monday, July 4.

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màxim Gaia data release set for 14 September, 04/07/2016
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On July 4, NASA's mission Juno will fly within 2,900 miles (4,667 kilometres) of the cloud tops of our solar system’s largest planet.

Juno will fire its main engine for 35 minutes, placing it into a polar orbit around the gas giant. During the flybys, Juno will probe beneath the obscuring cloud cover of Jupiter and study its auroras to learn more about the planet's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere.

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màxim Juno to risk Jupiter's fireworks for science on 4th July, 20/06/2016
On July 4, NASA's mission Juno will fly within 2,900 miles (4,667 kilometres) of the cloud tops of our solar system’s largest planet.

Juno will fire its main engine for 35 minutes, placing it into a polar orbit around the gas giant. During the flybys, Juno will probe beneath the obscuring cloud cover of Jupiter and study its auroras to learn more about the planet's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere.

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màxim Unexpected Excess of Giant Planets in Star Cluster, 17/06/2016
An international team of astronomers have found that there are far more planets of the hot Jupiter type than expected in a cluster of stars called Messier 67. This surprising result was obtained using a number of telescopes and instruments, among them the HARPS spectrograph at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. The denser environment in a cluster will cause more frequent interactions between planets and nearby stars, which may explain the excess of hot Jupiters.

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On July 4, NASA's mission Juno will fly within 2,900 miles (4,667 kilometres) of the cloud tops of our solar system’s largest planet.

Juno will fire its main engine for 35 minutes, placing it into a polar orbit around the gas giant. During the flybys, Juno will probe beneath the obscuring cloud cover of Jupiter and study its auroras to learn more about the planet's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere.

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màxim Unexpected Excess of Giant Planets in Star Cluster, 17/06/2016
An international team of astronomers have found that there are far more planets of the hot Jupiter type than expected in a cluster of stars called Messier 67. This surprising result was obtained using a number of telescopes and instruments, among them the HARPS spectrograph at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. The denser environment in a cluster will cause more frequent interactions between planets and nearby stars, which may explain the excess of hot Jupiters.

màxim LIGO detects gravitational waves from a second pair of colliding black holes, 15/06/2015
The Group of Relativity and Gravitation at the University of the Balearic Islands participates through the LIGO Scientific Collaboration in identifying a second event of gravitational waves in data-LIGO detectors Advanced.
On December 26, 2015 at 03:38:53 UTC, scientists observed gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of spacetime — for the second time. The gravitational waves were detected by both of the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational – Wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors, located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, USA.

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màxim Unexpected Excess of Giant Planets in Star Cluster, 17/06/2016
An international team of astronomers have found that there are far more planets of the hot Jupiter type than expected in a cluster of stars called Messier 67. This surprising result was obtained using a number of telescopes and instruments, among them the HARPS spectrograph at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. The denser environment in a cluster will cause more frequent interactions between planets and nearby stars, which may explain the excess of hot Jupiters.
 
màxim LIGO detects gravitational waves from a second pair of colliding black holes, 15/06/2015
The Group of Relativity and Gravitation at the University of the Balearic Islands participates through the LIGO Scientific Collaboration in identifying a second event of gravitational waves in data-LIGO detectors Advanced.
On December 26, 2015 at 03:38:53 UTC, scientists observed gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of spacetime — for the second time. The gravitational waves were detected by both of the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational – Wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors, located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, USA.

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màxim LIGO detects gravitational waves from a second pair of colliding black holes, 15/06/2015
The Group of Relativity and Gravitation at the University of the Balearic Islands participates through the LIGO Scientific Collaboration in identifying a second event of gravitational waves in data-LIGO detectors Advanced.
On December 26, 2015 at 03:38:53 UTC, scientists observed gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of spacetime — for the second time. The gravitational waves were detected by both of the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational – Wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors, located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, USA.
 
màxim Primera detección de alcohol metílico en un disco de formación planetaria, 15/06/2015
The organic molecule methyl alcohol (methanol) has been found by the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA) in the TW Hydrae protoplanetary disc. This is the first such detection of the compound in a young planet-forming disc. Methanol is the only complex organic molecule as yet detected in discs that unambiguously derives from an icy form. Its detection helps astronomers understand the chemical processes that occur during the formation of planetary systems and that ultimately lead to the creation of the ingredients for life.

màxim Asteroseismologists listen to the relics of the Milky Way: sounds from the oldest stars in our Galaxy, 08/06/2015
The research team, from the University of Birmingham’s School of Physics and Astronomy, has reported the detection of resonant acoustic oscillations of stars in ‘M4’, one of the oldest known clusters of stars in the Galaxy, some 13 billion years old.
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màxim Primera detección de alcohol metílico en un disco de formación planetaria, 15/06/2015
The organic molecule methyl alcohol (methanol) has been found by the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA) in the TW Hydrae protoplanetary disc. This is the first such detection of the compound in a young planet-forming disc. Methanol is the only complex organic molecule as yet detected in discs that unambiguously derives from an icy form. Its detection helps astronomers understand the chemical processes that occur during the formation of planetary systems and that ultimately lead to the creation of the ingredients for life.
 
màxim Asteroseismologists listen to the relics of the Milky Way: sounds from the oldest stars in our Galaxy, 08/06/2015
The research team, from the University of Birmingham’s School of Physics and Astronomy, has reported the detection of resonant acoustic oscillations of stars in ‘M4’, one of the oldest known clusters of stars in the Galaxy, some 13 billion years old.
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màxim Asteroseismologists listen to the relics of the Milky Way: sounds from the oldest stars in our Galaxy, 08/06/2015
The research team, from the University of Birmingham’s School of Physics and Astronomy, has reported the detection of resonant acoustic oscillations of stars in ‘M4’, one of the oldest known clusters of stars in the Galaxy, some 13 billion years old.
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May 2016

màxim PO molecule, one step to the origin of the life in the Universe, 27/05/2015
For the first time a prebiotic molecule PO has been detected in star-forming regions. This molecule plays a key role in the formation of the DNA structure and thus, directly related to the life's origin.
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salo2016.jpg Cosmic Distances Activity on the "Saló de l'ensenyament"

TSE2016globe1v.jpg Total Solar Eclipse, 09 March,
On 9th March 2016 took place a Total Solar Eclipse, the only total eclipse of the 2016. It was visible on its totallity from East Asia, Australia and the Pacífic. It could be seen as partial from Sumatra and Borneo
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01 TelescopiCatala Introi baixa.JPG Exhibition "Telescopi Asssumpció Català", 24 February 2016
On 4 March will open the exhibition "Catalan Telescope Assumption" on the occasion of the "baptism" of a new telescope at the Centre for Observation of the Universe, Ager. Maria Assumpció Català was the first astronomer numerary teacher at a University in Spain. The exhibition has been prepared by members of the Department of Astronomy and Meteorology at the University of Barcelona and is available for free.

màxim ATLASGAL Survey of Milky Way Completed, 24 February 2016
The APEX telescope in Chile has mapped the full area of the Galactic Plane visible from the southern hemisphere for the first time at submillimetre wavelengths — between infrared light and radio waves — and in finer detail than recent space-based surveys
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màxim ‘Woohoo!’ email stokes rumor that gravitational waves have been spotted, 5 February 2016
For weeks, gossip has spread around the Internet that researchers with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) have spotted gravitational waves—ripples in space itself set off by violent astrophysical events. In particular, rumor has it that LIGO physicists have seen two black holes spiraling into each other and merging. But now, an email message that ended up on Twitter adds some specific numbers to those rumors.
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màxim The most energetic light ever observed from a pulsar, 16 January 2016
A group of scientists working on the Major Atmospheric Gamma-ray Imaging Cherenkov (MAGIC) observatory, have reported the discovery of the most energetic pulsating radiation ever detected from a stellar object: the Crab pulsar.
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màxim First global age map of the Milky Way, 8 January 2016
Using completely new ways of deducing the ages of so-called red giant stars from observational data, astronomers have created the first large-scale map that shows stellar ages in the Milky Way
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màxim Chandra Finds Remarkable Galactic Ribbon Unfurled, 21 December 2015
An extraordinary ribbon of hot gas trailing behind a galaxy like a tail has been discovered using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. This ribbon, or X-ray tail, is likely due to gas stripped from the galaxy as it moves through a vast cloud of hot intergalactic gas. With a length of at least 250,000 light years, it is likely the largest of such a tail ever detected.

màxim Cervantes, the Star, 15 December 2015
It seemed quixotic, but we did it! Since today Cervantes is a Star and Quijote, Rocinante, Sancho and Dulcinea are its four orbiting planets. The Cervantes’ proposal has been clearly won the competition, called NameExoWorlds, who had organized the International Astronomical Union ( IAU) this year to vote on proposals to rename 19 exoworlds (formed by stars and planets) discovered in recent years. The Pamplona Planetarium and Astronomy Society presented Spanish Cervantes option.

màxim LISA Pathfinder en route, 3 December 2015

màxim SOHO celebrates 20 years of discoveries, 2 December 2015
Originally planned for a two-year mission, the ESA–NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, SOHO, is today celebrating two decades of scientific discovery.

November

màxim LISA Pathfinder ready for launch, the ESA mission with an important contribution of ICE (IEEC-CSIC), 20 November 2015
The launch is scheduled for 5:30 a.m. the 2nd of December.
The ICE (IEEC-CSIC) will broadcast the event with deferred transmission and will organize activities throughout the day visits to laboratories and to the control room.
LISA Pathfinder will test in flight the concept of low-frequency gravitational wave detection: it will put two test masses in a near-perfect gravitational free-fall, and control and measure their motion with unprecedented accuracy

màxim Aging Star’s Weight Loss Secret Revealed, 15 November 2015
A team of astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) has captured the most detailed images ever of the hypergiant star VY Canis Majoris. These observations show how the unexpectedly large size of the particles of dust surrounding the star enable it to lose an enormous amount of mass as it begins to die. This process, understood now for the first time, is necessary to prepare such gigantic stars to meet explosive demises as supernovae.

màxim A supermassive Black Hole in action, 16 November 2015
Scientists often use the combined power of multiple telescopes to reveal the secrets of the Universe – and this image is a prime example of when this technique is strikingly effective.

màxim The Glowing Halo of a Zombie Star, 11 November 2015
The remains of a fatal interaction between a dead star and its asteroid supper have been studied in detail for the first time by an international team of astronomers using the Very Large Telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile. This gives a glimpse of the far-future fate of the Solar System.

màxim SEA scholarship Finalist videos for the ESO Camps,, 11 November 2015
Carme Homs Pons is the winning student for the scholarship offered by the Spanish Astronomical Society to attend the ESO astronomy Camp. SEA scholarship covers the full cost of the camp, including transportation.
The camp will be held from December 26 2015 to January 1, 2016 at the Astronomical Observatory of the Autonomous Region of Valle d'Aosta, it is located in Saint-Barthelemy, Nus (Italy). The `participants were students aged 16 to 18 who shot a video in English with a maximum of three minutes on "My object / favorite astronomical phenomenon."
A total of 30 students participated in Spain. Besides Homs Carmen Pons, were finalists Sonali Mayani, Maria Civit Solé, Francesc Xavier Alvarez and Laia Ruché Tower.

màxim Radar Images Provide New Details on Halloween Asteroid
The highest-resolution radar images of asteroid 2015 TB145's safe flyby of Earth have been processed. NASA scientists used giant, Earth-based radio telescopes to bounce radar signals off the asteroid as it flew past Earth on Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT) at about 1.3 lunar distances (300,000 miles, or 480,000 kilometers) from Earth. Asteroid 2015 TB145 is spherical in shape and approximately 2,000 feet (600 meters) in diameter.

màxim 631 418 votes for the 20 planetary systemsIn a few weeks we will have the final results

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2015TB145 Asteroid
Succession of 40 images from the Fabra Observatori on 31/10/2015 from 00:12 to 00:53 (UTC)

màxim 2015 TB145, un objecte potencialment perillós, 28 d'octubre
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màxim 2015 TB145, a potentially hazardous object, 28 October
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màxim VISTA Discovers New Component of Milky Way, 28 October
By mapping out the locations of a class of stars that vary in brightness called Cepheids, a disc of young stars buried behind thick dust clouds in the central bulge has been found.

màxim Venus, Jupiter and Marte very close at dawn, 27 de octubre
Although any morning in late October is a good time to look at these planets, the six day stretch from Oct. 24th through the 29th is the best. That's because during this time, the triangle of planets will shrink until it is less than five degrees wide. By the time October comes to an end, the planetary triangle will start breaking apart. But there are still two dates of special interest: Nov. 6th and 7th. On those increasingly wintry mornings, the crescent Moon will swoop in among the dispersing planets.

màxim Final Kiss of Two Stars Heading for Catastrophe, 21 October
An international team of astronomers have found the hottest and most massive double star with components so close that they touch each other. The two stars in the extreme system VFTS 352 could be heading for a dramatic end, during which the two stars either coalesce to create a single giant star, or form a binary black hole.

màxim Troben la relació entre les pluges de cometes i asteroides i les extincions en massa, 21 October
Mass extinctions occurring over the past 260 million years were likely caused by comet and asteroid showers, scientists conclude in a new study published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

màxim Saturn and Dione, 20 October
Saturn has many, varied moons – over 60 have been discovered so far. One of the larger ones, Dione, is shown here in this image from the Cassini orbiter, pictured as it moved across the face of its parent planet.

màxim Common Accretion across Young Stellar Objects, White Dwarfs, Black Holes and Supermassive Black Holes, 16 October
An international team of astronomers have discovered a previously unknown link between the way young stars, white dwarfs and black holes grow feeding from their surroundings.

màxim A Cosmic Sackful of Black Coal, 14 October
The inky areas are small parts of a huge dark nebula known as the Coalsack, one of the most prominent objects of its kind visible to the unaided eye. Millions of years from now, chunks of the Coalsack will ignite, rather like its fossil fuel namesake, with the glow of many young stars.

màxim Aiming a light across millions of kilometres, 13 October
laser communications would return results to scientists several times faster than standard radio signals.

màxim Changes in Jupiter’s great red spot, 13 October
Collecting these yearly images will help current and future scientists see how these giant worlds change over time. The observations are designed to capture a broad range of features, including winds, clouds, storms and atmospheric chemistry.

màxim Outbursts from a newborn star, 13 October
The object lies in the constellation of Orion (The Hunter) in a dense molecular star-forming region, not far from the famous Horsehead Nebula. In regions like this, clouds of dust and gas collapse under the force of gravity, spinning faster and faster and becoming hotter and hotter until a young star ignites at the cloud’s centre. Any leftover material swirling around the newborn protostar comes together to form an accretion disc that will, under the right circumstances, eventually evolve to form the base material for the creation of planets, asteroids and comets.

màxim Cassini begins series of flybys with close-up of Saturn moon Enceladus, 13 October
Cassini spacecraft will wrap up its time in the region of Saturn's large, icy moons with a series of three close encounters with Enceladus starting Wednesday, Oct. 14. Images are expected to begin arriving one to two days after the flyby, which will provide the first opportunity for a close-up look at the north polar region of Enceladus.

màxim Laying the first stone of the prototype of the LST (Large Size Telescope) , 8 October,
On Friday, October 9th at five o’clock in the afternoon, the ceremony of the stone laying for the biggest Cherenkov telescope in the northern hemisphere, the prototype of the LST (Large Size Telescope) with a diameter of 23 metres, took place at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (ORM) on the island of La Palma.

màxim Mysterious Ripples Found Racing Through Planet-forming Disc, 8 October 2015,
Using VLT and the Hubble astronomers have discovered never-before-seen structures within a dusty disc surrounding a nearby star. The fast-moving wave-like features in the disc of the star AU Microscopii are unlike anything ever observed, or even predicted, before now.

màxim Pluto’s Big Moon Charon Reveals a Colorful and Violent History, 1 October
New Horizons spacecraft has returned the best color and the highest resolution images yet of Pluto’s largest moon, Charon – and these pictures show a surprisingly complex and violent history.

September

màxim NASA Confirms Evidence That Liquid Water Flows on Today’s Mars, 29 September
New findings from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provide the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars.

màxim Total Lunar Eclipse, 28 September
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màxim Cosmic optical illusions un Ursa Major, 21 September
Some of the stunning views we have of the cosmos owe their beauty to a trick of perspective, as captured in this Hubble Space Telescope image.

màxim A Shy Galactic Neighbour, 16 September
The Sculptor Dwarf Galaxy, pictured in this new image from the Wide Field Imager camera, installed on the 2.2-metre MPG/ESO telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory, is a close neighbour of our galaxy, the Milky Way. Despite their close proximity, both galaxies have very distinct histories and characters. This galaxy is much smaller and older than the Milky Way, making it a valuable subject for studying both star and galaxy formation in the early Universe. However, due to its faintness, studying this object is no easy task.

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August

màxim Gaia’s first year of scientific observations 26 August 2015

màxim Castellterçol Star Party, 12 August 2015
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28/08/2015 at 21:30 departure from Plaça Nova (Castellterçol), observing from la Creueta.. Free activity

màxim Perseids 2015, 12 august 2015
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July 2015

màxim Science on the surface of a comet, 31 July 2015
Complex molecules that could be key building blocks of life, the daily rise and fall of temperature, and an assessment of the surface properties and internal structure of the comet are just some of the highlights of the first scientific analysis of the data returned by Rosetta’s lander Philae last November.

màxim NASA’s Kepler Mission Discovers Bigger, Older Cousin to Earth, 23 July 2015
NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star. This discovery and the introduction of 11 other new small habitable zone candidate planets mark another milestone in the journey to finding another “Earth.”

màxim Interviw with Josep Manel Carrasco in the "Notícies de les 10 de BTV" about Pluto and New Horizons, 16 de July 2015
New Horizons reached Pluto after a nine- year journey through the Solar System. Josep Manel Carrasco, astronomer of the Department of Astronomy and Meteorology of the UB talk about Pluto

màxim From Mountains to Moons: Multiple Discoveries from NASA’s New Horizons Pluto Mission, 16 July 2015
Icy mountains on Pluto and a new, crisp view of its largest moon, Charon, are among the several discoveries announced Wednesday by NASA's New Horizons team, just one day after the spacecraft’s first ever Pluto flyby.

màxim Jupiter Twin Discovered Around Solar Twin, 15 July 2015
An international group of astronomers has used the ESO 3.6-metre telescope to identify a planet just like Jupiter orbiting at the same distance from a Sun-like star, HIP 11915. According to current theories, the formation of Jupiter-mass planets plays an important role in shaping the architecture of planetary systems. The existence of a Jupiter-mass planet in a Jupiter-like orbit around a Sun-like star opens the possibility that the system of planets around this star may be similar to our own Solar System. HIP 11915 is about the same age as the Sun and, furthermore, its Sun-like composition suggests that there may also be rocky planets orbiting closer to the star.

màxim Rosetta preparing for perihelion, 13 July 2015
Rosetta’s investigations of its comet are continuing as the mission teams count down the last month to perihelion – the closest point to the Sun along the comet’s orbit – when the comet’s activity is expected to be at its highest.

màxim Pluto and Charon: New Horizons’ Dynamic Duo, 9 July 2015
They’re a fascinating pair: Two icy worlds, spinning around their common center of gravity like a pair of figure skaters clasping hands. Scientists believe they were shaped by a cosmic collision billions of years ago, and yet, in many ways, they seem more like strangers than siblings.

màxim Biggest Explosions in the Universe Powered by Strongest Magnets, 8 July 2015
Observations from ESO’s La Silla and Paranal Observatories in Chile have for the first time demonstrated a link between a very long-lasting burst of gamma rays and an unusually bright supernova explosion. The results show that the supernova was not driven by radioactive decay, as expected, but was instead powered by the decaying super-strong magnetic fields around an exotic object called a magnetar.

màxim 4th July geomagnetic storm, 4 July 2015
During the late hours of July 4th, a solar wind stream hit Earth's magnetic field, sparking a moderately-strong (G2-class) geomagnetic storm. Fireworks were exploding across much of North America when the storm reach its peak. In Cape Cod, Massachusetts, auroras appeared alongside the pyrotechnics

màxim Counting stars with Gaia, 3 July 2015
This image, based on housekeeping data from ESA’s Gaia satellite, is no ordinary depiction of the heavens. While the image portrays the outline of our Galaxy, the Milky Way, and of its neighbouring Magellanic Clouds, it was obtained in a rather unusual way.

màxim Comet sinkholes generate jets, 3 July 2015
A number of the dust jets emerging from Rosetta’s comet can be traced back to active pits that were likely formed by a sudden collapse of the surface. These ‘sinkholes’ are providing a glimpse at the chaotic and diverse interior of the comet..

màxim New Horizons Update: Methane Detected; New Images of Pluto and Charon; Sunrise/Sunset Observations, 1 July 2015
Yes, there is methane on Pluto, and, no, it doesn’t come from cows. The infrared spectrometer on NASA’s Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has detected frozen methane on Pluto’s surface; Earth-based astronomers first observed the chemical compound on Pluto in 1976.

June

màxim Monster black hole wakes up after 26 years, 26 June 2015
Over the past week, ESA's Integral satellite has been observing an exceptional outburst of high-energy light produced by a black hole that is devouring material from its stellar companion.

màxim Hot lava flows discovered on Venus, 18 june
ESA’s Venus Express has found the best evidence yet for active volcanism on Earth’s neighbour planet. Seeing the planet’s surface is extremely difficult due to its thick atmosphere, but radar observations by previous missions to Venus have revealed it as a world covered in volcanoes and ancient lava flows.

màxim Hubble Telescope Detects ‘Sunscreen’ Layer on Distant Planet ,12 June
Hubble Space Telescope has detected a stratosphere, one of the primary layers of Earth’s atmosphere, on a massive and blazing-hot exoplanet known as WASP-33b.
The presence of a stratosphere can provide clues about the composition of a planet and how it formed. This atmospheric layer includes molecules that absorb ultraviolet and visible light, acting as a kind of “sunscreen” for the planet it surrounds. Until now, scientists were uncertain whether these molecules would be found in the atmospheres of large, extremely hot planets in other star systems.

màxim Interview with Carme Jordi "Gaya has already covered the entire sky". EWASS 2015, 23 June 2015

màxim A Celestial Butterfly Emerges from its Dusty Cocoon,10 June
Some of the sharpest images ever made with ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) have, for the first time, revealed what appears to be an ageing star giving birth to a butterfly-like planetary nebula. These observations of the red giant star L2 Puppis, from the ZIMPOL mode of the newly installed SPHERE instrument, also clearly showed a close companion. The dying stages of stars continue to pose astronomers with many riddles, and the origin of such bipolar nebulae, with their complex and alluring hourglass figures, doubly so. This new imaging mode means that the VLT is currently the sharpest astronomical direct imaging instrument in existence.

màxim Meteor Shower in Broad Daylight ,5 June
Earth is entering a stream of debris from an unknown comet, and this is causing one of the most intense meteor showers of the year. Ironically, most sky watchers won't notice because the shower peaks in broad daylight. We only know it's happening because a radar in Canada is picking up echoes from meteoroids streaking through the blue sky overhead. Astronomers call these meteors "Arietids" because they emerge from the constellation Aries not far from the June sun.

màxim NASA’s Hubble Finds Pluto’s Moons Tumbling in Absolute Chaos , 4 June
If you lived on one of Pluto’s moons, you might have a hard time determining when, or from which direction, the sun will rise each day. Comprehensive analysis of data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope shows that two of Pluto’s moons, Nix and Hydra, wobble unpredictably.

màxim Ultraviolet study reveals surprises in comet coma , 2 June
Rosetta’s continued close study of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko has revealed an unexpected process at work, causing the rapid breakup of water and carbon dioxide molecules spewing from the comet’s surface.

May

màxim Call to Action: Cosmic Light Edu kit Workshops, 29 May
The Cosmic Light EDU kit, which comprises a virtual kit with many activities, tools and other resources on the topic of the science of light. This kit will feature continued support for teaching communities around the world, and a special component designed for children with visual impairments will also be incorporated.

màxim The Dreadful Beauty of Medusa, 21 May
Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile have captured the most detailed image ever taken of the Medusa Nebula. As the star at the heart of this nebula made its transition into retirement, it shed its outer layers into space, forming this colourful cloud. The image foreshadows the final fate of the Sun, which will eventually also become an object of this kind

màxim UB Science Festival, On 22 May 2015, the University of Barcelona opens its door to citizens to celebrate the UB Science Festival. The main objective of the activity is to bring people closer to the research activity developed at the University in an amusing and innovative way.
Throughout the day, UB campuses organise different science dissemination activities.
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màxim The Dark Side of Star Clusters, 13 May
Observations with ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile have discovered a new class of “dark” globular star clusters around the giant galaxy Centaurus A. These mysterious objects look similar to normal clusters, but contain much more mass and may either harbour unexpected amounts of dark matter, or contain massive black holes — neither of which was expected nor is understood.

màxim Outreach talk: "Quiet Blak Holes hidden in Binary Systems" ,
Speaker: Marc Ribó
Date/Time: wednesday 13 May / 20:00
Place: Seu de l'Agrupació Astronòmica Sabadell, C/ Prat de la Riba, s/n (Parc Catalunya), Sabadell
Abstract: http://www.am.ub.edu/ca/node/969

màxim Fresh Evidence for How Water Reached Earth Found in Asteroid Debris, 8 May
Water delivery via asteroids or comets is likely taking place in many other planetary systems, just as it happened on Earth, according to new research. The findings add further support to the possibility that water can be delivered to Earth-like planets via such bodies to create a suitable environment for the formation of life.

màxim Saturn Moon's Activity Could Be 'Curtain Eruptions', 7 May
New research using data from NASA's Cassini mission suggests most of the eruptions from Saturn's moon Enceladus might be diffuse curtains rather than discrete jets. Many features that appear to be individual jets of material erupting along the length of prominent fractures in the moon's south polar region might be phantoms created by an optical illusion, according to the new study.

April

màxim NASA’s New Horizons Detects Surface Features, Possible Polar Cap on Pluto, 30 April
For the first time, images from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft are revealing bright and dark regions on the surface of faraway Pluto – the primary target of the New Horizons close flyby in mid-July.

màxim Saturn's sponge-like moon Hiperion, 29 April
The subject of this image bears a remarkable resemblance to a porous sea sponge, floating in the inky black surroundings of the deep sea.
Indeed, the cold, hostile and lonely environment of deep water is not too far removed from deep space, the actual setting for this image in which one of Saturn’s outer moons, Hyperion, can be seen in incredible detail. This image was taken by Cassini when the spacecraft performed a flyby of the small moon on 26 September 2005.

màxim 20 Exoworlds available for naming proposals, 27 April
The NameExoWorlds contest, organised by the IAU and Zooniverse, is now entering its next stage. The 20 most popular ExoWorlds have been made available for naming proposals from registered clubs and non-profit organisations.

màxim The Treasures of Hubble, 24 April
Today is the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. Astronomers at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in Madrid, yesterday wished long life to Hubble and explained that more than half of current discoveries with the telescope are based on observations stored in the astronomical library of the ESAC.

màxim First Near Earth Asteroids Discovered from La Palma, 15 April
In 2014 the Isaac Newton Telescope became the first telescope in La Palma to discover and secure five Near Earth Asteroids (NEAs) as part of the EURONEAR project and as a result of the allocation of several override programmes awarded by the time allocation committees.

màxim Dark Energy Survey: mapping the dark matter of the Universe, 15 april
Scientists on the Dark Energy Survey have released the first in a series of dark matter maps of the cosmos. These maps, created with one of the world's most powerful digital cameras, are the largest contiguous maps created at this level of detail and will improve our understanding of dark matter's role in the formation of galaxies. Analysis of the clumpiness of the dark matter in the maps will also allow scientists to probe the nature of the mysterious dark energy, believed to be causing the expansion of the universe to speed up.

màxim First Signs of Self-interacting Dark Matter?,
For the first time dark matter may have been observed interacting with other dark matter in a way other than through the force of gravity. Observations of colliding galaxies made with ESO’s Very Large Telescope and the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have picked up the first intriguing hints about the nature of this mysterious component of the Universe.

màxim Calling all Photographers,
For the launch of Sentinel-2A, ESA is inviting you to take part in a photo contest focusing on the theme of ‘colour vision’. Enter for a chance to win a trip to ESA’s operations centre for the satellite’s launch event.

màxim NASA host briefings on historic mission to Pluto,
NASA Television will air media briefings at 1 p.m. EDT and 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, to discuss plans and related upcoming activities about the agency’s historic New Horizons spacecraft flyby of Pluto this summer.
Briefers will describe the mission’s goals, scientific objectives and encounter plans, including the types of images and other data that can be expected and when.

màxim Complex Organic Molecules Discovered in Infant Star System,
For the first time, astronomers have detected the presence of complex organic molecules, the building blocks of life, in a protoplanetary disc surrounding a young star. The discovery, made with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), reaffirms that the conditions that spawned the Earth and Sun are not unique in the Universe.

màxim NASA Extends Campaign for Public to Name Features on Pluto The public has until Friday, April 24 to help name new features on Pluto and its orbiting satellites as they are discovered by NASA’s New Horizons mission.

màxim Total Lunar Eclipse 4 April,
At 12:00 TU occurred a Total Lunar Eclipse visible from Asia, Australia, Pacific, America.

màxim Hershel and Planck find missing clue to galaxy cluster formation 1 April,
By combining observations of the distant Universe made with ESA’s Herschel and Planck space observatories, cosmologists have discovered what could be the precursors of the vast clusters of galaxies that we see today.

March

màxim Watch Galileo launch 27 March,
onstruction of Europe’s navigation satellite constellation resumes on Friday, 27 March with the launch of the seventh and eighth Galileo satellites. Launch is scheduled for 21:46:18 GMT (22:46:18 CET, 18:46:18 local time) atop a Soyuz ST-B rocket from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. Streaming starts at 21:26 GMT (22:26 CET).

màxim Black Hole winds pull the plug on star formation 26 March,
Astronomers using ESA’s Herschel space observatory have found that the winds blowing from a huge black hole are sweeping away its host galaxy’s reservoir of raw star-building material.

màxim Colliding Stars Explain Enigmatic Seventeenth Century Explosion 23 March,
New observations made with APEX and other telescopes reveal that the star that European astronomers saw appear in the sky in 1670 was not a nova, but a much rarer, violent breed of stellar collision. It was spectacular enough to be easily seen with the naked eye during its first outburst, but the traces it left were so faint that very careful analysis using submillimetre telescopes was needed before the mystery could finally be unravelled more than 340 years later. The results appear online in the journal Nature on 23 March 2015.

màxim ESA's minisatellites to follow Europe's solar eclipse 6 March,
On Friday morning, 20 March, Europe will experience a partial solar eclipse. Only a partial solar eclipse will be visible from continental Europe, but the Agency’s Sun-watching Proba-2 minisatellite, up in its 820 km-altitude orbit, will see two periods of near-total eclipse for a few dozen seconds.

màxim Hot water activity on icy moon's seafloor 12 march,
Tiny grains of rock detected by international Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn point to hydrothermal activity on the seafloor of its icy moon Enceladus

màxim Mars: The Planet that Lost an Ocean’s Worth of Water 5 March,
A primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean, and covered a greater portion of the planet’s surface than the Atlantic Ocean does on Earth, according to new results published today. An international team of scientists used ESO’s Very Large Telescope, along with instruments at the W. M. Keck Observatory and the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility, to monitor the atmosphere of the planet and map out the properties of the water in different parts of Mars’s atmosphere over a six-year period. These new maps are the first of their kind.

màxim NASA’s Chandra Observatory Finds Cosmic Showers Halt Galaxy Growth 4 March,
Using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have found that the growth of galaxies containing supermassive black holes can be slowed down by a phenomenon referred to as cosmic precipitation.

February

màxim Looking Deeply into the Universe in 3D26 February,
The MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope has given astronomers the best ever three-dimensional view of the deep Universe. After staring at the Hubble Deep Field South region for only 27 hours, the new observations reveal the distances, motions and other properties of far more galaxies than ever before in this tiny piece of the sky. They also go beyond Hubble and reveal previously invisible objects.

màxim Exploring the colours of the Small Magellanic Cloud, 24 February,
The scene is actually a collaboration between two cosmic artists — ESA’s Herschel space observatory and NASA’s Spitzer space telescope. The image is reminiscent of an artistic stipple or pointillist painting, with lots of small, distinct dots coming together to create a striking larger-scale view.

màxim Aster organizes an observation of the eclipse of March 20th in Barcelona, 23 February,
Aster, Astronomical Association from Barcelona organizes an observation of the eclipse on the Passeig Marítim of Barcelona, in front of the Parc de la Barceloneta, at the south of the Hospital del Mar.
People who want to participate will be invited to observe the eclipse, giving them goggles. And there will be an observation reserved for groups of students from schools in that area.
Students will be invited to draw the appearance of the Sun at that time. At the end of the phenomenon, every school should be able to make a poster or mural with the complete sequence of the eclipse drawings made by students at different stages of the eclipse.

màxim Unusual comet dive-bombs the Sun, 20 February,
Astronomers are puzzling over a comet that passed "insanely close" to the sun on Feb. 19th. At first glance it appeared to be a small object, not much bigger than a comet-boulder, doomed to disintegrate in the fierce heat. Instead, it has emerged apparently intact and is actually brightening as it recedes from the sun. Unofficially, the icy visitor is being called "SOHO-2875," because it is SOHO's 2,875th comet discovery.

màxim Spooky Alignment of Quasars Across Billions of Light-years, 19 February,
New observations with ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile have revealed alignments over the largest structures ever discovered in the Universe. A European research team has found that the rotation axes of the central supermassive black holes in a sample of quasars are parallel to each other over distances of billions of light-years. The team has also found that the rotation axes of these quasars tend to be aligned with the vast structures in the cosmic web in which they reside.

màxim Mystery Mars plume baffles scientists, 17 February,
Plumes seen reaching high above the surface of Mars are causing a stir among scientists studying the atmosphere on the Red Planet.

màxim Planck reveals first stars were born late, 05 February,
New maps from ESA’s Planck satellite uncover the ‘polarised’ light from the early Universe across the entire sky, revealing that the first stars formed much later than previously thought.

màxim Rosetta swoops in for a close encounter, 04 February,
ESA’s Rosetta probe is preparing to make a close encounter with its comet on 14 February, passing just 6 km from the surface.
Rosetta's page on Serviastro

màxim XMM-Newton and Hubble view of Jupiter's Ghost, 28 January,
ESA’s Rosetta mission is providing unique insight into the life cycle of a comet’s dusty surface, watching 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko as it sheds the dusty coat it has accumulated over the past four years.

January

màxim Hubble's High-Definition Panoramic View of the Andromeda Galaxy, 30 January,
The largest Hubble Space Telescope image ever assembled, this sweeping view of a portion of the Andromeda galaxy (M31) is the sharpest large composite image ever taken of our galactic neighbor. Though the galaxy is over 2 million light-years away, the Hubble telescope is powerful enough to resolve individual stars in a 61,000-light-year-long section of the galaxy's pancake-shaped disk. It's like photographing a beach and resolving individual grains of sand.

màxim The mouth of the beast, 28 January,
Like the gaping mouth of a gigantic celestial creature, the cometary globule CG4 glows menacingly in this new image from ESO’s Very Large Telescope. Although it appears to be big and bright in this picture, this is actually a faint nebula, which makes it very hard for amateur astronomers to spot. The exact nature of CG4 remains a mystery.

màxim Rosetta watches comet shed its dusty coat, 28 January,
ESA’s Rosetta mission is providing unique insight into the life cycle of a comet’s dusty surface, watching 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko as it sheds the dusty coat it has accumulated over the past four years.

màxim Asteroid that flew past Earth today has Moon, 27 January,
The first radar images show the asteroid 2004 BL86 , which made its closest approach on Jan. 26, 2015 at 8:19 a.m. PST (11:19 a.m. EST) at a distance of about 745,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers, or 3.1 times the distance from Earth to the moon), has its own small moon.

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Lovejoy magnificent, 22 January 2015,
Comet Lovejoy is still on the way to the perihelion of its orbit, which will take place on 30 January. Although at this time is moving away from Earth, it continues being an object visible to the naked eye (magnitude around 4) due its high activity.

From an astronomical perspective these days we are living the most spectacular moments that the comet can offer. Moving from state of hibernation to a frenetic activity due to increased solar radiation. This activity is visible on its comma and on the tail. + info: Article "cometa Lovejoy" from Miquel Serra Ricart, IAC astrophysicist on the blog Vía Láctea s/n.
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Time-lapses of comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) observed on 2015 January 13-14-15 from Teide Observatory.

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màxim One second more in 2015, 21 January,
The International Earth Rotation and Reference System Service (IERS), announced that on June 30th will add a second to our clock time (UTC) to adjust it with the Solar Time (UT). This Time difference corresponds to the variability of the terrestrial rotation.
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màxim Getting to know Rosetta's comet, 22 January,
Rosetta is revealing its host comet as having a remarkable array of surface features and with many processes contributing to its activity, painting a complex picture of its evolution.
Web about Rosetta on serviastro

màxim Asteroid to fly by Earth safely on January 26, 15 January,
An asteroid, designated 2004 BL86, will safely pass about three times the distance of Earth to the moon on January 26. From its reflected brightness, astronomers estimate that the asteroid is about a third of a mile (0.5 kilometers) in size. The flyby of 2004 BL86 will be the closest by any known space rock this large until asteroid 1999 AN10 flies past Earth in 2027.

màxim Where did all the stars go?, 7 January,
Some of the stars appear to be missing in this intriguing new ESO image. But the black gap in this glitteringly beautiful starfield is not really a gap, but rather a region of space clogged with gas and dust. This dark cloud is called LDN 483 — for Lynds Dark Nebula 483. Such clouds are the birthplaces of future stars.

màxim Chasms and cliffs on Mars, 7 January,
Although Mars is a very alien planet, some aspects of its geology are surprisingly familiar. This Mars Express image shows a snippet of a region of Mars filled with cliffs, trenches, faults, giant plateaus and volcanoes.

màxim NASA’s Kepler Marks 1,000th Exoplanet Discovery, Uncovers More Small Worlds in Habitable Zones, 6 January,
Of the more than 1,000 verified planets found by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, eight are less than twice Earth-size and in their stars' habitable zone. All eight orbit stars cooler and smaller than our sun. The search continues for Earth-size habitable zone worlds around sun-like stars.
 
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màxim NASA’s Kepler Marks 1,000th Exoplanet Discovery, Uncovers More Small Worlds in Habitable Zones, 5 January,
Astronomers have observed the largest X-ray flare ever detected from the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. This event, detected by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, raises questions about the behavior of this giant black hole and its surrounding environment.
 

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màxim PO molecule, one step to the origin of the life in the Universe, 27/05/2015
For the first time a prebiotic molecule PO has been detected in star-forming regions. This molecule plays a key role in the formation of the DNA structure and thus, directly related to the life's origin.
 
màxim Rosetta's comet contains ingredients for life, 27 de mayo 2015
Ingredients regarded as crucial for the origin of life on Earth have been discovered at the comet that ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has been probing for almost two years.They include the amino acid glycine, which is commonly found in proteins, and phosphorus, a key component of DNA and cell membranes.

global-mosaic-of-pluto-in-true-color.jpg Pluto’s Interaction with the Solar Wind is Unique, Study Finds ,05/05/2016,
Pluto behaves less like a comet than expected and somewhat more like a planet like Mars or Venus in the way it interacts with the solar wind, a continuous stream of charged particles from the sun.

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màxim Rosetta's comet contains ingredients for life, 27 de mayo 2015
Ingredients regarded as crucial for the origin of life on Earth have been discovered at the comet that ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has been probing for almost two years.They include the amino acid glycine, which is commonly found in proteins, and phosphorus, a key component of DNA and cell membranes.
 
global-mosaic-of-pluto-in-true-color.jpg Pluto’s Interaction with the Solar Wind is Unique, Study Finds ,05/05/2016,
Pluto behaves less like a comet than expected and somewhat more like a planet like Mars or Venus in the way it interacts with the solar wind, a continuous stream of charged particles from the sun.

Magic Eye Mercury large.jpg Magic Eye Mercury ,05/05/2016,
This image offers an intriguing view of Mercury’s Kertész crater, as viewed by NASA’s Messenger orbiter. Reminiscent of a ‘Magic Eye’ optical illusion, the image may show one of two things: either a mound bulging out of the planetary surface, looming towards the camera like a dome, or – correctly – a crater that dips into Mercury’s crust.

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global-mosaic-of-pluto-in-true-color.jpg Pluto’s Interaction with the Solar Wind is Unique, Study Finds ,05/05/2016,
Pluto behaves less like a comet than expected and somewhat more like a planet like Mars or Venus in the way it interacts with the solar wind, a continuous stream of charged particles from the sun.

Magic Eye Mercury large.jpg Magic Eye Mercury ,05/05/2016,
This image offers an intriguing view of Mercury’s Kertész crater, as viewed by NASA’s Messenger orbiter. Reminiscent of a ‘Magic Eye’ optical illusion, the image may show one of two things: either a mound bulging out of the planetary surface, looming towards the camera like a dome, or – correctly – a crater that dips into Mercury’s crust.

starspot-images-give-insights-into-early-sun-zet-2011-orig-20160504.jpg 'Starspot' images give insights into early sun ,05/05/2016,
Astronomers at the University of Michigan have taken close-up pictures of a nearby star that show starspots—sunspots outside our solar system.
 

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The Fundació Joan Miró, in collaboration with the Universitat de Barcelona and Parc Astronòmic Montsec has organized a public viewing night.
The stargazing activity has been substituted for the colloquium "Descobrim l'Univers" by the astronomers Eduard Masana, J. Manel Carrasco and Salvador J. Ribas.
 
FESTACIENCIAUB.jpg Solar Observation at the " II Festa de la Ciència de la UB" , 29 April 2016,
On 29th April 2016, the Universitat de Barcelona open its doors to the public to celebrate the "II Festa de la Ciència UB".The aim of this activity is make the research done at the Universtat de Barcelona accessible to all public in a ludic and innovative way.In the UB campus, during the day will be organized outreach activities where the researcher's work will be shown and its repercussion on the Society progress explained.
The Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (IEEC-UB) and the Quantum Physics and Astrophysics Department will install a telescope in front of the entrance to the Historical Building of the University in order to offer to the public a solar observation.

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On 29th April 2016, the Universitat de Barcelona open its doors to the public to celebrate the "II Festa de la Ciència UB".The aim of this activity is make the research done at the Universtat de Barcelona accessible to all public in a ludic and innovative way.In the UB campus, during the day will be organized outreach activities where the researcher's work will be shown and its repercussion on the Society progress explained.
The Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (IEEC-UB) and the Quantum Physics and Astrophysics Department will install a telescope in front of the entrance to the Historical Building of the University in order to offer to the public a solar observation.

March 2016

salo2016.jpg Cosmic Distances Activity on the "Saló de l'ensenyament"

TSE2016globe1v.jpg Total Solar Eclipse, 09 March,
On 9th March 2016 took place a Total Solar Eclipse, the only total eclipse of the 2016. It was visible on its totallity from East Asia, Australia and the Pacífic. It could be seen as partial from Sumatra and Borneo
 

February

01 TelescopiCatala Introi baixa.JPG Exhibition "Telescopi Asssumpció Català", 24 February 2016
On 4 March will open the exhibition "Catalan Telescope Assumption" on the occasion of the "baptism" of a new telescope at the Centre for Observation of the Universe, Ager. Maria Assumpció Català was the first astronomer numerary teacher at a University in Spain. The exhibition has been prepared by members of the Department of Astronomy and Meteorology at the University of Barcelona and is available for free.

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01 TelescopiCatala Introi baixa.JPG Exhibition "Telescopi Asssumpció Català", 24 February 2016
On 4 March will open the exhibition "Catalan Telescope Assumption" on the occasion of the "baptism" of a new telescope at the Centre for Observation of the Universe, Ager. Maria Assumpció Català was the first astronomer numerary teacher at a University in Spain. The exhibition has been prepared by members of the Department of Astronomy and Meteorology at the University of Barcelona and is available for free.
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màxim ATLASGAL Survey of Milky Way Completed, 24 February 2016
The APEX telescope in Chile has mapped the full area of the Galactic Plane visible from the southern hemisphere for the first time at submillimetre wavelengths — between infrared light and radio waves — and in finer detail than recent space-based surveys
 
màxim LIGO Detected Gravitational Waves from Black Holes, 12 February 2016
On September 14, 2015 at 5:51 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (09:51 UTC), the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors, located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, USA both measured ripples in the fabric of spacetime – gravitational waves – arriving at the Earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe.

màxim "Gravitational waves. Have they been found?", 12 de febrero de 2016
Scientists to provide update on the search for gravitational waves. 100 years after Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves, the National Science Foundation gathers scientists from Caltech, MIT and the LIGO Scienti­c Collaboration to update the scienti­c community on efforts to detect them.

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On 4 March will open the exhibition "Catalan Telescope Assumption" on the occasion of the "baptism" of a new telescope at the Centre for Observation of the Universe, Ager. Maria Assumpció Català was the first astronomer numerary teacher at a University in Spain. The exhibition has been prepared by members of the Department of Astronomy and Meteorology at the University of Barcelona and is available for free.
 
màxim LIGO Detected Gravitational Waves from Black Holes, 12 February 2016
On September 14, 2015 at 5:51 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (09:51 UTC), the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors, located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, USA both measured ripples in the fabric of spacetime – gravitational waves – arriving at the Earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe.

màxim "Gravitational waves. Have they been found?", 12 de febrero de 2016
Scientists to provide update on the search for gravitational waves. 100 years after Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves, the National Science Foundation gathers scientists from Caltech, MIT and the LIGO Scienti­c Collaboration to update the scienti­c community on efforts to detect them.

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màxim LIGO Detected Gravitational Waves from Black Holes, 12 February 2016
On September 14, 2015 at 5:51 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (09:51 UTC), the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors, located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, USA both measured ripples in the fabric of spacetime – gravitational waves – arriving at the Earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe.

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