News

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.

  • 2nd LIOM International Workshop

    From 14 to 16 February, the second scientific meeting of the Laboratory for Innovation in Opto-Mechanics (LIOM) will be held at the IACTEC building managed by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) in the Science and Technology Park of La Laguna (Tenerife). This project is dedicated to the development of new optical and mechanical technologies that will form part of the next generation of telescopes capable of detecting biomarkers on exoplanets. One year after its creation, the IAC's Laboratory for Innovation in Opto-Mechanics (LIOM), is holding its second international meeting

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  • Luis Yeray Gutiérrez, el alcalde del Ayuntamiento de La Laguna, y Rafael Rebolo, director del IAC

    El director del IAC, Rafael Rebolo; y el alcalde de La Laguna, Luis Yeray Gutiérrez, firman un convenio en materia de regulación lumínica y difusión de la Astronomía El director del IAC, Rafael Rebolo; y el alcalde del Ayuntamiento de La Laguna, Luis Yeray Gutiérrez, han firmado, este martes 6 de febrero, un convenio entre ambas entidades en materia de regulación lumínica y de difusión de la Astronomía con el objeto de contribuir a la conservación de la calidad del cielo de Tenerife. En el acto también ha estado presente el concejal de Servicios Municipales, Fran Hernández. De esta forma el

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  • Poster for the 2024 edition of "Habla con Ellas: Mujeres en Astronomía"

    The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) is joining in the celebrations for 11 February by taking part in more than a dozen actions aimed at promoting scientific and technological vocations among girls and young women and making the role of women in the development of science more visible. The report "Radiography of the gender gap in STEAM education" published in 2022 by the Equality Unit of the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training shows that in some key disciplines for the future and, in particular, those related to Astronomy and Astrophysics, progress is not being made

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  • Proof-of-concept prototype of DALI experiment

    The annual meeting of the DALI (Dark-photons & Axion-Like particles Interferometer) experiment, an international collaboration to develop an astroparticle detector for the first direct observation of dark matter, was held on 7 and 8 February at the IAC headquarters in La Laguna. The various proofs of concept carried out over the last few years have given rise to a prototype, manufactured at the IAC's instrumentation facilities, whose first scientific results are expected to be published soon. The main goal of DALI is to search for dark matter axions and paraphotons in a spectral range that

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  • The Geminids 2020 meteor shower over the Tejeda Valley (Grand Canary).

    The results obtained from the over two hundred photometers put in place by the Interreg EELabs project during the past four years have been used to evaluated the impact of artificial night lighting on the night-time ecosystems of the achipelagos, especially on sea birds, but also to make the local people aware of this type of contamination. In Macaronesia (the collective name for the Atlantic Islands comprising the Azores, Madeira, the Canaries and Cape Verde), natural night-time darkness is preservedonly in highly isolated natural reserves, such as the islands of Corvo and Graciosa (the

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  • For the second year, the Teide Observatory has hosted the "MIT Astronomy Field Camp", a prestigious camp offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), considered one of the best and most influential universities in the world, to its students of of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS). Through this experience, the institution provides students with the opportunity to live and work in a professional astronomical observatory while developing real research projects. This work is often expanded into final theses or articles in leading scientific journals. For three weeks

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