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Video of the transit of Mercury
Proba-2 (ESA), SDO (NASA)

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The story of Mercury and Vulcan, as told by Einstein

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"Telescopi Assumpció Català"
New exhibition

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Astronomy on the Radio and TV
Mercury Transit, April 2016

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Star Party
at the Fundació Miró

News

2016

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

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 "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

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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