This section includes scientific and technological news from the IAC and its Observatories, as well as press releases on scientific and technological results, astronomical events, educational projects, outreach activities and institutional events.

  • Antonia Varela Pérez
    Entrevista a Antonia Varela, investigadora del Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias; presidenta de la Fundación Starlight, directora del Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos, presidenta de BPW Canarias y Medalla de Oro de Canarias 2024. Toñi Varela, como la conoce todo el mundo, contagia con su sonrisa. Es una persona optimista y firme en sus opiniones y en sus objetivos tanto científicos como sociales. En su dilatada carrera ha saltado todo tipo de obstáculos académicos y, también, algunos muros (más que techos) de cristal endurecidos con la condescendencia y los prejuicios. Este Día de Canarias
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  • El IAC felicita el Día de Canarias
    El Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) se une a la celebración del Día de Canarias, que cada 30 de mayo conmemora la autonomía de esta Comunidad El IAC se enorgullece de formar parte y de contribuir al legado cultural y científico del Archipiélago al ser el mayor centro de investigación de Canarias, con sus tres sedes, sus 450 trabajadores y gestionar dos de los observatorios astrofísicos más importantes del mundo: el Observatorio del Teide, en Tenerife; y el Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos, en La Palma. Hay que recordar que la primera cátedra de Astrofísica de España se creó
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  • A large white machine with two big doors (polishing machine for large surfaces) in a white room with high ceilings (IACTEC's south clean room).
    The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), through its Optics Department and the Center for Advanced Optical Systems (CSOA), is taking a new step towards becoming one of the largest manufacturers of optical elements for large telescopes in the world. This is after the consolidation of a new infrastructure for optical production that will allow it, from now on, to take care of all the stages in the manufacture of mirrors for large telescopes, from the cutting of parts to polishing and coating, as well as the manufacture of other precision optical elements for astrophysical
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  • Artist’s concept of Gliese 12 b
    An international research, in which the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) has played a leading role, has found a planet of intermediate size between Earth and Venus orbiting a cool red dwarf 40 light-years away. The new world, named Gliese 12 b, lies within the habitable zone of its star, making it a promising candidate for the James Webb Space Telescope to study its atmosphere. The discovery was made possible thanks to observations from NASA's TESS satellite and other facilities such as CARMENES, at Calar Alto Observatory (CAHA), and MuSCAT2, installed at the Carlos Sánchez
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  • Euclid early observation images
    The Euclid Consortium announces the publication of its first papers, demonstrating the space mission's ability to search for wandering planets, study the dark matter of galaxies and explore the evolution of the Universe. Five new images with unprecedented resolution are also published. Spain plays an important role in the Euclid mission where, in addition to being part of the consortium that has led the mission since its inception, it has also participated in the instrumental development of the project and contributes significantly to its scientific exploitation. The Instituto de Astrofísica
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  • An artist’s concept of the exoplanet SPECULOOS-3 b orbiting its red dwarf star. The planet is as big around as Earth, while its star is slightly bigger than Jupiter – but much more massive. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
    An international scientific team, with the participation of researchers from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), has found a new world similar in size to our planet orbiting an ultra-cold red dwarf located about 55 light-years away. Observations from the SPECULOOS telescope network, which includes the ARTEMIS telescope at the Teide Observatory in Tenerife, have made this discovery possible. The Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC), at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on La Palma, has also played a key role in confirming the discovery, providing some of the most accurate ground
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