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.

  • M51 y NGC 5195
    An international research team, with participation by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) shows that the satellite galaxy NGC 5195 has passed twice through the disc of the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51), in relatively recent times, stimulating star formation, and defining the structure of its arms. The research is published in the prestigious The Astrophysical Journal. The Whirlpool Galaxy M51, is a ”grand design” spiral galaxy: its spiral form is dominated by two well defined arms. Discovered by Charled Messier in 1771 M51 lies some 31 million light years from Earth, As it is face-on
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  • Antonia Varela
    The researcher at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Antonia Varela, also director of the Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos and of the Starlight Foundation, will be awarded one of the 13 Gold Medals of the Canary Islands. This is an award that the Government of the Canary Islands grants to individuals, entities and groups that have worked for the benefit of Canary Islands society in different fields. Created by Decree in 1986, this award is presented annually as part of the Canary Islands Day celebrations on 30 May. This year's institutional ceremony will take place at the Pérez Galdós
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  • Eva Villaver en la entrega de los Premios SGE 2023
    On 25 April, Eva Villaver, research professor at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias and also director of Space and Society at the Spanish Space Agency (AEE), received the Spanish Geographical Society (SGE) Research Award 2023 in Madrid. This institution, founded in 1997, has been awarding these prizes for almost a quarter of a century to the best initiatives and projects in the field of exploration, travel, adventure and scientific research. Villaver began her scientific career at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and her work was awarded the 2001-2002 prize for the best
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  • ALISIO-1 images of Popocatepetl volcano in Puebla, Mexico
    During commissioning the Canary satellite ALISIO-1 proves its efficiency by observing phenomena in over 100 regions of the world The first Canary satellite, led by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), ALISIO-1, (an acronym for Advanced Land-Imaging Satellite for Infrared Observations) was launched into space on December 1st 2023 from the Vandenberg Airforce Base in California, and in only a few months has completed the commissioning phase, the verification on orbit that all its systems are working correctly. In this phase of verification the DRAGO-2 camera has been calibrated, and
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  • Noche Mundial Starlight
    El 20 de abril se celebra la Noche Mundial en Defensa de la Luz de las Estrellas que conmemora la firma de la Declaración de La Palma La Noche Mundial en Defensa de la Luz de las Estrellas, también llamada Noche Mundial Starlight por ser la Fundación Starlight la promotora de esta iniciativa , coincide con la firma en 2007 de la “Declaración de La Palma en Defensa del Cielo Nocturno y el derecho a observar las Estrellas”, cuyo fin es el de considerar el cielo como un patrimonio cultural, científico y medioambiental. Desde entonces, la Fundación Starlight trabaja por extender los valores
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  • Irene González Hernández
    The American Astronomical Society (AAS) and its Solar Physics Division (SPD) sponsors an Honorary Prize in memory of Irene González Hernández (La Orotava, Tenerife, Spain, 20 October 1969 - Tucson, AZ, 13 February 2014), a solar physicist who completed her doctoral thesis at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC). This prize will be awarded annually to a scientist for a significant contribution to the study of the Sun in a person’s mid-career. The recipient will be invited to deliver a González Hernández Prize lecture at a meeting of the Division and/or the Society. The prize-winner
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