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.

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  • Cámara DRAGO
    El IAC participará en el Foro Internacional Español de Pequeños Satélites 2020

    Un grupo de científicos e ingenieros de IACTEC Espacio, del Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), participará en el segundo Foro Internacional Español de Pequeños Satélites 2020 (SSSIF, por sus siglas en inglés), que se celebrará los días 25, 26 y 27 de febrero en Málaga. El personal de IACTEC-Espacio presentará tres trabajos sobre el desarrollo de tecnologías que ayudarán a mejorar el funcionamiento de estos nanosatélites, además de disponer de un stand para mostrar los desarrollos y capacidades de IACTEC. IACTEC (Espacio, Tecnología Médica y Grandes Telescopios) es el centro de

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  • José Miguel Rodríguez Espinosa
    IAC researcher José Miguel Rodríguez Espinosa, next Secretary General of the International Astronomical Union

    At the next General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), to be held in Korea in 2021, José Miguel Rodríguez Espinosa, a researcher at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias will be named Secretary General of this, the biggest international astronomical organization, with over 13,500 professional astronomers in over 100 countries. For the time being he has been named Assistant General Secretary so that, afterwards, he will be able to take over the Secretariat. He will be the first Spaniard to occupy this position, which he will hold from 2021 to 2024. Rodríguez Espinosa

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  • Japanese delegation at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (La Palma)
    The Japanese ambassador to Spain visits the IAC and the Canary Observatories

    The Japanese ambassador to Spain, Kenji Kiramatsu, yesterday visited the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and the Canary Island Observatories, together with Masahiro Aoki, secretary to the Embassy, Yoshihiro Miwa, the consul of Japan in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and Josep Piqué Camps, President of the Council of the Spain Japan Foundation. Yesterday, they were received by Rafael Rebolo López, the Director of the IAC and Jesús Burgos, administrator of the General Services of the IAC at its headquarters in La Laguna. After a short visit, the delegation went up to the Teide

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  • (From left to right) Antonia María Varela, Antonio López González, Ana Rosa Mena, Ricardo Chico Marrero, Candelaria de la Rosa González, Eladia Mª López Lutzardo, Julián Rodríguez Pérez and Campbell Warden. Credit: Inés Bonet (IAC)
    The Town Council of Tequeste visits the IAC

    Ana Rosa Mena, the Mayoress of Tegueste, on February 7th, visited the Headquarters of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), in La Laguna, and the Teide Observatory (OT) in Tenerife, together with several of the town councillors: Ricardo Chico Marrero, Councillor of New Technologies and Services; Antonio López González, Councillor of Culture, Sport, and Civil Protection; Julián Rodríguez Pérez, Councillor of Agriculture; Eladia María López Lutzardo, Councillor of Festivals and Ethnography; and Candelaria de la Rosa González, Councillor of Social Services. The Council was received by

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  • Sandra Benítez Herrera, Ana Fragoso López, Estrella Zatón Martín and Alejandra Martín Gálvez
    New edition of "Girls who broke a glass ceiling while looking at the sky"

    With the aim of motivating interest in scientific and technological (STEM) careers among the younger girls, and to publicise the work of the women astrophysicists and engineers at the IAC, in 2017 the audiovisual series "Girls who broke a glass ceiling while looking at the sky" was initiated. The series, inspired in the project "No-Nancies" by the astrophysicist Pilar Montañés is included in the project "The return of Henrietta Leavitt: from school to a research career via the theatre", an initiative of the IAC in collaboration with the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT)

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  • Poster of February 11th, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Design: Inés Bonet (IAC)
    February 11th: an unceasing commitment to equality

    Again this year the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) is showing its commitment to gender equality by organizing a large number of activities around February 11th, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The main aim of this day, which was declares by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2015 is: ‘to recognize the important role that women and girls play in science and technology’ In recent years the number of women in science and technology carrees has increased significnatly. In 2017 there were six countries with more women scientists and engineers than men

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