Telescope Assumpció Català: the first telescope bearing the name of a woman in Spain

Assumpció Català was the first woman numerary professor astronomer at a Spanish university. The new telescope of the observatory classroom of the Centre d’Observació de l’Univers at Montsec bears her name.

On March 4th the baptism of the telescope bearing the name of the University of Barcelona Assumpció Català Professor took place and thus it has become the first telescope with the name of a woman, in Spain. The telescope is located in the Centre d’Observació de l’Univers within the Parc Astronomic del Montsec (Montsec, Àger). 

At the same time, an exhibition about Prof. Català prepared by researchers from the Institut de Ciències del Cosmos (IEEC-UB), has opened and it will be on display until the end of August of 2016.

Assumpció Català (Barcelona, 1925-2009) was the fisrt woman numerary professor astronomer in a Spanish university. She worked as a professor at the University of Barcelona from 1953 to 1990, and in 2004 was named honorary emeritus professor. Her research focused on the study of the solar system, astrometry and galactic astronomy.

The telescope Assumpció Català, inaugurated in 2015, is a Dall-Kirkham reflector with a diameter of 50 cm, located in the new classroom observatory of the Centre d’Observació de l’Univers. The classroom observatory has a circular structure and eight screens connected to the telescope that enable seventy sitting people the simultaneous observation of the Montsec sky. This telescope will be used for University and high school teaching, secondary and elementary, with an important exposure to the general public. With this instrument seventy people can simultaneously watch not only bodies of the Solar system, but also galaxies in the remote universe.


Monday, 7 March, 2016