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.

  • Perseidas desde el Observatorio del Teide

    Through collaboration between the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and the Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves (SPEA) within the framework of the projects Interreg EELabs and LIFE Natura@night, on the night of the 12t to 13th of August, the channel will broadcast the maximum activity of the Perseid meteor shower from Madeira and from the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (Garafía, La Palma). Some 10% of the continental surface of the Earth is affected by light pollution, but if we take into account the SkyGlow produced by the effect of artificial lighting on

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  • Participants of the AEACI 2022 Course

    Last week saw the ending of the eighth edition of the school “Astronomy Education Adventure in the Canary Islands” coordinated by the IAC and NUCLIO, with the participation of 56 teachers from 17 countries. “Astronomy for Sustainable Development” was the central theme of this edition. For the eighth consecutive year the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and NUCLIO, in collaboration with several educational projects, have joined forces to organize the international summer school for teachers “Astronomy Education Adventure in the Canary Islands” (AEACI 2022). Motivated by the

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  • From left to right: Elena Máñez, Diana Morant and Rafael Rebolo

    The Minister of Science and Innovation this morning presided over the annual meeting of the Governing Council of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) in La Laguna, where she was informed about last year’s scientific output (over 600 publications in high level journals), the contracts and positions for stabilization approved during this year, as well as the new technological developments which are under way in this research center. As well as the Minister, others who attended the meeting included Raquel Yotti Alvarez, the secretary general for research at the Ministry of Science and

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  • WISE1810 - Metal-poor brown dwarf

    A study, led by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), has confirmed the presence of an unusual metal-poor brown dwarf less than 30 light-years away from the Sun. Its proximity could suggest a possible overabundance of brown dwarfs formed in the early stages of the Milky Way. Several telescopes located at the observatories of Roque de Los Muchachos (La Palma) and Calar Alto (Almería) have been used in the investigation. The results are published in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics. On a cosmic scale, our immediate neighbourhood is composed of just a few hundred stars and brown

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  • INAF and IAC representatives next to the first telescope of the ASTRI network

    Esta semana, la junta directiva del Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica de Italia ha visitado el Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias para ver in situ, entre otros, el avance de la instalación de la red de telescopios ASTRI. Este proyecto mejora considerablemente las capacidades actuales de captación de eventos de alta energía del universo e incluye elementos innovadores para reducir su impacto medioambiental y mejorar la eficiencia energética del observatorio. A delegation of the board of directors of the Italian Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF), including its president, vice

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