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.

  • Sculptor dwarf

    The journal Nature Astronomy publishes today, in its collection of reviews dedicated to dwarf galaxies, a new article written by Giuseppina Battaglia, researcher at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias and the University of La Laguna, and Carlo Nipoti, researcher at the University of Bologna. The study describes the latest results on the search for dark matter in Local Group dwarf galaxies. Dark matter in dwarf galaxies is the subject of a review article published today in the journal Nature Astronomy in its living collection of articles that, from December 2021, is dedicated to the

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  • Imagen del satélite GAIA

    A team of researchers from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) led by Giuseppina Battaglia has used the third catalogue of data, EDR3, from the GAIA satellite which contains astrometric data (positions, proper motions and brightness measurements) od 1.8 million objects brighter than magnitude 21, to determine the displacements of 73 galaxies belonging tothe Loca Group (our neighbouting galaxies, comprising three spiral galaxies, the Milky Way, (where we are situated), M31 and M33, and a set of small irregial and dwarf galaxies, around a hundred, among which the Magellanic Clouds

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  • Training engineers at the IACTEC nanosatellite test site

    Astrophysics and Space Science are two of the priority areas in the Strategy for Intelligent Specialization in the Canaries (RIS3). To promote this area IACTEC, the branch of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) for technolgical business cooperation, has started up the Incubator for High Technology in Astrophysics and Space (IATAE). The incubator will offer a working area to those collaborating with the IAC (businesses, NGO’s, and related initiatives) who have innovative projects based on technolgy and with an intensive knowledge content, in the areas of Astrophysics and Space

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  • Fases del eclipse total de Luna en julio de 2018

    Three years after the previous broadcast of a lunar eclipse, in the early morning of Sunday 15th to Monday 16th of May the channel will give live coverage of this awaited astronomical event from the Canary Observatories. On Monday 16th May, starting at 02:27 UT the Moon will again enter the shadow of the Earth, and will take on the coppery glow which is so characteristic of lunar eclipses. This event will be visible from the Canaries starting at 03:27 a.m. local Canary time, and in the Peninsula, where dawn will arrive with the Moon eclipsed, from 04:27h. From that time, the moon

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  • The students from Barlovento, with Gloria Andreuzzi, the first to come back to the Observatory

    After a break of two years due to the pandemic, the students of the 4th ESO class in La Palma will again be able to get to know about the astrophysics research carried out at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, in company with volunteer astronomers from the various telescopes. After ten seasons of the educational programme “Our Students and the Roque de los Muchachos” this school course is starting up again live, during this school year, with a new format which for the first time includes a visit to the Visitor Centre of the Roque de los Muchachos, thanks to the collaboration of the

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  • 1ES 1927+654

    An international research, in which a team from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) has participated, has provided new evidence for an enigmatic outburst from a galaxy 216 million light-years away, proposing a new interpretation based on a spontaneous flip of the magnetic field surrounding its central black hole. The study has used joint data from different satellites and telescopes, including the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (TNG) and the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC), both located at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (Garafía, La Palma). The results will be published in

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