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.

  • 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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  • Calendarios astronómicos de 2024

    La Unidad de Comunicación y Cultura Científica (UC3) del Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), en colaboración con el Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos (Museos de Tenerife), ha editado un calendario astronómico con efemérides astronómicas del año 2024. Este puede descargarse y ser consultado de forma digital. También se puede adquirir una copia física en la sede central del IAC. Las 12 imágenes que lo ilustran han sido tomadas por el astrofotógrafo Daniel López (El Cielo de Canarias). También se ha editado otro calendario en formato póster ilustrado con una imagen de la superficie de

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  • Composición de la lluvia de meteoros Gemínidas 2022 sobre los telescopios TTT

    Tras cuatro años de actividades, el proyecto Interreg EELabs llega a su fin y, como broche final, la noche del 14 de diciembre, a partir de las 22:30 UT (hora local en Canarias), retransmitirá la lluvia de meteoros de las Gemínidas a través del canal sky-live.tv desde el Observatorio del Teide (Tenerife) y El Anillo (Extremadura). Las llamadas “estrellas fugaces” son en realidad pequeñas partículas de polvo de distintos tamaños (entre fracciones de milímetros hasta centímetros de diámetro) que van dejando los cometas -o asteroides- a lo largo de sus órbitas alrededor del Sol. La nube de

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  • Inauguración de Cosmolab 2023-2027

    The official inauguration of the CosmoLab 2023-2027 project, an educational project to create an astronomical community in the schools of the island of Tenerife, took place last Friday 17th at the Observatorio del Teide (OT). The inauguration was attended by the Island Councillor for Innovation of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Juan José Martínez, the director of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), Rafael Rebolo, and directors and STEAM representatives from the four teaching centres on the island of Tenerife. They all enjoyed a tour of the facilities, an astronomical observation with

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  • Villa de La Orotava Science Fair Awards

    Yesterday, in the Noble Hall of the Town Hall of the municipality of La Orotava (Tenerife), took place the award ceremony of the Villa de La Orotava Science Fair Awards, a recognition to people and institutions that are committed to outreach and scientific research. In this first edition, the award in the outreach category went to the journalist and writer Carmen del Puerto, who has been in charge of communications at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) for more than three decades. She was joined by the parasitologist Basilio Valladares (Research Award) and the physicist and

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  • Garik Israelian and Rafael Rebolo

    La Palma will host a new edition of Starmus in 2024, according to Rafael Rebolo, director of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), and Garik Israelian, co-director of the festival and astrophysicist, at a press conference held at the IAC headquarters in La Laguna. "We are working to make this a reality and the way we have found is to relate it to the protection of the sky as an asset of humanity, which is why we will go hand in hand with the Starlight Foundation. There is still time to make society aware of the pollution of our sky, especially with the launch of small satellites

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