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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  • The egyptologist José Lull.
    JOSÉ LULL: "The Egyptian astronomers used to observe from the terraces of the temples and palaces"

    José Lull knows a lot about the royal Egyptian tombs of the Third Intermediate Period and the Late Period. In fact this was the theme of the doctoral thesis –published as a monograph by Oxford University Press- of this Egyptologist, with degree at the University of Tübingen (Germany) and a doctorate from the University of Valencia. He is presently at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and is also an expert in the astronomy of ancient Egypt. He showed this recently at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, where he has been collaborating with Juan Antonio Belmonte, archeoastronomer at

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  • Artist's impression of the small fraction of young blue stars in an elliptical galaxy where its bulk of stars is old and red. Created with an image of NASA, ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), with vectorpocket resource (Freepik). Credit: Gabriel Pérez Díaz, SMM (IAC).
    Young stars found in the oldest and most massive galaxies in the Universe

    Elliptical and lenticular galaxies (collectively called early-type galaxies) are the oldest and most massive galaxies in the Universe. These galaxies were built up rapidly (in less than thousand million years) and therefore, their stars are generally ancient and cool, meaning that they mainly shine in the optical and infrared spectral ranges. However, any hot young stars that might be present are difficult to detect in these spectral ranges. The study, based on 30,000 early-type galaxy spectra from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey BOSS has analysed the UV spectral range to detect the young

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  • Image of the public version of the 3D radiative transfer code PORTA
    Public version of PORTA, a novel 3D radiative transfer code

    The POLMAG research team of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), which includes scientists from other international institutions, has released the public version of PORTA, an advanced radiative transfer code to solve the problem of the generation and transfer of polarized radiation in realistic three-dimensional (3D) models of stellar atmospheres. PORTA allows scientists to plan and model spectropolarimetric observations with today’s telescopes. This public version of PORTA offered to the astrophysical community comes with several modules useful for considering several problems of

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  • Image of the campaign "#IACUniversoEnCasa" (IAC Universe at Home)
    The IAC joins the cultural and educational initiatives to help confront Covid-19 with the campaign "#IACUniversoEnCasa"

    Confronted by the health emergency generated by COVID-19, the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) wants to help by letting the citizen’s responsibility implied by staying at home be an opportunity to bring everyone closer to astronomy and knowledge of the universe, as well as continuing to offer training and support to the educational community, which is carrying on with its work by Internet. With this objective, we at the Press and Outreach Unit (UC3) have set in motion a plan of activities with the name "#IACUniversoEnCasa" (IAC Universe at Home) about which we will be issuing

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  • Noche estrellada sobre el Ródano
    Arte y Ciencia I: La fórmula del lápiz

    Ciencia y arte son los dos grandes generadores de saber, los mayores transformadores de la sociedad y sus individuos. Mientras el arte intuye el desorden del mundo, la ciencia ordena y reordena. El amor entre ambas disciplinas ha existido hasta hace pocos siglos.La revolución industrial y la obcecada especialización del conocimiento hizo que ambos mundos llegaran a malinterpretarse e, incluso, despreciarse mutuamente. Los científicos deniegan el arte como fuente de conocimiento y los artistas consideran a la ciencia impersonal e inadecuada. Sin embargo, ciencia y arte no se encuentran tan

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  • Announcement of exceptional measures adopted by the iac because of the coronavirus COVID-19
    Exceptional measures adopted by the IAC because of the coronavirus COVID-19

    Following the instructions of the Spanish Government because of the health crisis due to coronavirus COVID-19, the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) is adopting exceptional measures to guarantee the security of its personnel and of the public, while maintaining its activity as far as possible. The presence of workers in the workplaces of the IAC and the Observatories is suspended until further notice, except for staff needed for minimum services. INFORMATION FOR SUPPLIERS You can get in contact with the IAC by phone at 922 605200 between the hours of 09:00 and 14:30h, email address

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