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The contract for the construction of MEGARA, the next optical instrument for the Gran Telescopio Canarias, is signed
 
The contract for the construction of MEGARA, the next optical instrument for the Gran Telescopio Canarias, is signed

21/05/2014

MEGARA is the first spectrograph capable of observing the emission of the gas located in between distant galaxies

 
Rosetta's target comet is becoming active
 
Rosetta's target comet is becoming active

15/05/2014

The scientific imaging system OSIRIS on board ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft witnesses the awakening of the mission’s target comet

 
The laws that determine how dust affects the light that reaches us from the stars are being rewritten
 
The laws that determine how dust affects the light that reaches us from the stars are being rewritten

15/04/2014

Laws used since 1989 to correct this effect prompted errors in the characterization of stars and needed revision

 
Star-quakes reveal content of stars which are hotter and more massive than the sun
 
Star-quakes reveal content of stars which are hotter and more massive than the sun

01/04/2014

The propagation of sound waves inside stars produces oscillations on their surface. The analysis of these oscillations makes it possible to know the internal structure and age of stars, and it has just turned out to be also effective in the detailed study of stars more massive than the sun

 
A system of rings around a body of the Solar System which is not a planet has been spotted for the first time
 
A system of rings around a body of the Solar System which is not a planet has been spotted for the first time

26/03/2014

Chariklo, an object 250 kilometers in diameter has two rings around it possibly composed of water ice. The finding, involving researchers from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC), was made possible by a stellar occultation

 
GOSSS survey clears the way for study of massive stars
 
GOSSS survey clears the way for study of massive stars

06/03/2014

The GOSSS survey was designed to fill the gaps and overcome the heterogeneity of previous surveys which led to systematic errors in the classification of stars

 
The greatest impact of a rock against the moon has been observed
 
The greatest impact of a rock against the moon has been observed

24/02/2014

The impact was observed by researchers from the University of Huelva and the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) and produced a glow brighter than the North Star

 
Searching for New Worlds with PLATO
 
Searching for New Worlds with PLATO

20/02/2014

Space eye with 34 telescopes will investigate one million stars Spain participaes actively in the mission

 
Stars carry "memories" from their early life into in their final stages [UPDATE]
 
Stars carry "memories" from their early life into in their final stages [UPDATE]

11/02/2014

It has been discovered that characteristics present at the start of a star’s life disappear during their adult life and re-emerge during their neutron star or white dwarf phases

 
A type Ia supernova, the closest to Earth since 1604, has been observed
 
A type Ia supernova, the closest to Earth since 1604, has been observed

30/01/2014

SN 2014J, discovered in galaxy M82, has mobilized experts from around the world. Pictures of the supernova were taken at the Estallidos Project site, coordinated by IAA, using the William Herschel telescope