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.

  • Recreación artística de GJ 3512
    Astronomers find an unusual planetary system which challenges models of planet formation

    A team of astronomers of the CARMENES consortium, with participants form the Institutode Astrofísica de Canarias, has discovered a planetary system around the red dwarf star GJ 3512, at some 30 light years from Earth, with an unusual gas giant planet whose excentric orbit could imply the presence of another massive planets. In the study the 40 cm telescope of the Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO) at the Teide Observatory, was used. This discovery is published today in the journal Science.

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  • The European Researchers' Night
    The IAC and the Observatorios de Canarias will participate in the " European Researchers' Night"

    The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and the Observatorios de Canarias will participate during "European Researchers' Night" with live broadcasts via its YOUTUBE channel- IAC Videos - from a number of telescopes at the Teide and Roque de los Muchachos Observatories. Astronomers from diverse disciplines,k (solar physics, high energy astrophysics, galaxies, cosmology..) will show us their work from the most advanced installations: the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) the Quijote Exeriment, the solar towers, the Pyramid, the ESA Optical Ground Station (OGS), the high energy telescopes

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  • David Calle en el Observatorio del Teide
    El youtuber David Calle visita el IAC

    David Calle, youtuber, fundador del portal educativo , visita el Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), en La Laguna, y el Observatorio del Teide, en el marco de una colaboración de la Unidad de Comunicación y Cultura Científica (UC3), la Dirección del IAC y Unicoos. Durante su estancia, este ingeniero de telecomunicaciones y profesor de academia presencial y online desde Secundaria a Universidad, g rabará en el Observatorio d el Teide. Participan en la grabación: Irene Puerto, astrofísica y monologuista de Big Van y, por parte del IAC, Olga Zamora, astrónoma de

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  • HC2NP congress logo.
    A look at the subatomic world from the IAC

    The second edition of the conference on Particle Physics, HC2NP2019, organized by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, will take place next week in Puerto de la Cruz. For a week a distinguished gathering of scientists will meet to discuss the latest advances in our understanding of the subatomic world. This, the second edition of the conference "Hadronic Contributions to New Physics Searches" (HC2NP20199, organized by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), will take place at the Vallemar Hotel, Puerto de la Cruz. "At the present time" explains Jorge Martín Camalich, a

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  • Averaged Spitzer spectra in the MIR of LRLL 21, 31 and 67, solid line and 4 interstellar locations (broken line) in IC348. The location of Fullerenes, organic molecules and water are indicated.
    Fullerenes in the IC 348 star cluster of the Perseus molecular cloud

    We present the detection of fullerenes C 60 and C 70 in the star-forming region IC 348 of the Perseus molecular cloud. Mid-IR vibrational transitions of C 60 and C 70 in emission are found in Spitzer IRS spectra of individual stars (LRLL 1, 2, 58), in the averaged spectrum of three other cluster stars (LRLL 21, 31, and 67) and in spectra obtained at four interstellar locations distributed across the IC 348 region. Fullerene bands appear widely distributed in this region with higher strength in the lines of sight of stars at the core of the cluster. Emission features consistent with the three

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  • The evolutionary phases of galaxies against the dispersion of velocities of the stars (which scales with the total mass). The sample used (gray), the red sequence, green valley and blue cloud are represented. The new definition (left) allows to study in detail the galaxies in the green valley.
    Exploring a new definition of the green valley and its implications

    Galaxy formation remains one of the major open problems in astrophysics today. There is a wide range of mechanisms that control the transformation of gas into stars in galaxies, compounded by the cosmological evolution of structure, along with complex feedback processes. An observational approach targets general trends in large distributions of galaxies. On a diagram plotting colour versus mass, the distribution of galaxies gets split into a bimodal structure, featuring a region of red, passively-evolving galaxies (termed the red sequence), and a so-called blue cloud, made up of star-forming

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