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.

  • Galaxia de canto UGC11859 y GTC-1

    An international scientific team, including the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), has detected distortions in the brightness of a galaxy's disc that could be explained by the gravitational effect of an unknown neighbouring galaxy. Named GTC-1, the satellite galaxy was discovered using ultra-deep images obtained with the OSIRIS camera of the Gran Telescopio Canarias, located at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in La Palma. The finding provides a possible explanation for a puzzle about way the light fades out at the edges of galaxy disks, a mystery that has bothered the

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  • Workshop "China-Spain collaboration on astronomical high-resolution spectroscopy"

    From 25 to 28 July, the workshop "China-Spain collaboration on astronomical high-resolution spectroscopy" will be held in Fuencaliente (La Palma). Its aim is to consolidate scientific collaboration between China and Spain in astronomy, especially in the context of the technological development of the CHORUS instrument and its applications in different fields of astrophysical research. CHORUS (Canary Hybrid Optical high-Resolution Ultra-stable Spectrograph) is a high spectral resolution ultra-stable spectrograph for the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC or Grantecan) being developed by the

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  • Artist’s image of the European solar Telescope (IDOM)

    9 institutions from 7 European countries today signed the documents for this organization, which will prepare the way towards the future construction of the European Solar Telescope (EST) One of the main aims of the EST is to improve our understanding of the Sun by observing its magnetic fields in unprecedented detail Representatives from 8 institutions in 7 European countries, among which are the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) this morning in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, signed the founding documents of the Canary

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  • Romano Corradi (GTC) y Rafael Rebolo (IAC) frente al Buque Escuela Amerigo Vespucci

    The Italian Ambassador to Spain, Giuseppe Buccino Grimaldi, on behalf of the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, has decorated Rafael Rebolo, Director of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), and Romano Corradi, Director of the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC or Grantecan), with the distinction of "Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy" in recognition of the promotion of Spanish-Italian scientific collaboration. The ceremony took place on 21 July on board the training ship Amerigo Vespucci, which set sail from the port of Genoa on 1 July for its second round-the

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  • Comparison between galaxies with and without dark matter

    International research led by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and the University of La Laguna (ULL) has found the first evidence of a massive galaxy with no dark matter. The result is a challenge to the current standard model of cosmology. The study is published in the specialized journal Astronomy and Astrophysics. A team of scientists, led by the researcher at the IAC and the University of La Laguna (ULL) Sebastién Comerón, has found that the galaxy NGC 1277 does not contain dark matter.This is the first time that a massive galaxy (it has a mass several times that of the

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  • Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC), also known as GRANTECAN.

    The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias is taking part in the workshop "Dark and Calm Skies for the present and future of Astronomy", which will be held in Brussels on Monday 10 July. The aim of the workshop is to present the current situation, needs and challenges of this area of science; to show the work carried out by the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), part of the United Nations General Assembly; and to analyse the perspective of the EU's space policy. The increase in light pollution and satellite constellations is one of the first issues to be discussed by Spain

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