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.

  • After the meeting, which was attended by representatives of various scientific institutions of reference, both regional and national, the minister and his team visited the facilities of the Gran Telescopio de Canarias and the William Herschel telescope. Last July 19, 2022, the Minister of the Presidency, Relations with the Courts and Democratic Memory, Félix Bolaños, went to the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, in the municipality of Garafía. There he held a meeting with the scientific community that carries out research in La Palma in order to better understand how this community can

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  • The Technical Office for the Protection of Sky Quality (OTPC, its Spanish initials) has become a model copied by other Spanish autonomous regional communities such as Catalonia, the Balearics, Analusía, Navarre, Cantabria, Castille & Leon, and Extremadura. It has also been a reference for other places in the world, such as Chile, Hawaii, and Italy. When night falls, we often think, mistakenly, that the more artificial lighting we have the better. There is more security, a greater sense of tranquility for people in general, and the important buildings are best presented. But this insistence

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  • Attendees of the "Acércate al Cosmos" 2022 course at sunset with the solar towers

    After two years of absence due to the pandemic, the "Acércate al Cosmos" course organised by the National Institute of Educational Technologies and Teacher Training (INTEF), the Menéndez Pelayo International University (UIMP) and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) returned to Tenerife from 4 to 8 July. During this week, 35 teachers of secondary schools took part in talks and workshops on the Sun, the Moon, the Solar System, Exoplanets, Stellar Evolution, the Chemistry of the Cosmos, Galaxies, Cosmology and Astrophotography, given by researchers and specialists from the IAC, the

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  • DRAGO Proyecto Educativo

    The project "DRAGO: Canary Islands Educational Centres from Space" ended its 1st edition on Monday 27th June with a visit to the Teide Observatory for the winners and finalists, where they were also presented with the corresponding prizes. In this way, students and teachers from 5 schools in the Canary Islands were brought together in this first edition. DRAGO is an innovative educational project created by the space division of IACTEC, of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, together with the Regional Ministry of Education, Universities, Culture and Sports of the Canary Islands

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  • Telescopio espacial James Webb

    On Friday July 15th at 19.00 h, in the hall of the Museum of Science and the Cosmos (MCC) of Tenerife, there will be a presentation of the first set of full colour images obtained with the largest and most complex observatory ever flown in space, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The James Webb Space Telescope is a collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). It was launched into space on 25th December 2021 and since then has moved to its position at a “Lagrane Pint” one and half million kilometres from the Earth. Now, after some

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  • Visit of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Science

    On June 28th and 29th, the Undersecretary of Science and Innovation, Carlos Marco Estellés, and his Chief of Technical Cabinet, Tomás Fraile Santos, visited the two Observatories of the Canary Islands, in Tenerife and La Palma. First, they went to the Teide Observatory, where they visited the facilities of the Optical Ground Station (OGS), IAC80, QUIJOTE and some of the robotic telescopes. They also made a solar observation, accompanied by the Director of the IAC, Rafael Rebolo López, the Manager of the OTAI, Anselmo Sosa Méndez, and the Head of the Scientific Communication and Culture Unit

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