Històric de Noticies

Total Solar Eclipse on August 21

The ​​total solar eclipse of August 21 will begin in the north of the Pacific Ocean, will cross the United States of America and end in Cape Verde, in the Atlantic Ocean.
A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon moves between the sun and Earth, blocking the sunlight and casting a shadow onto Earth. A solar eclipse is only visible in the zones that correspond to the trajectory of the shadow cone. 
This eclipse will be seen as partial throughout USA, Centre of America, north of South America, a part of Western Europe, North Africa and a part of Northeast of Russia.
The ​​​eclipse can also be seen as partial from a part of the Iberian Peninsula. The Northwest, near Vigo will be the better place to view the eclipse, with a 14% of occultation.


Friday, 18 August, 2017

A study with the collaboration of the UB notes that the Montsec, the Pyrenees and the western areas stand out for the quality of their night sky

A new campaign of measurements of the background of the night sky has shown that the Montsec night sky still has an exceptional category. In the outlines related to the Starlight certification (Starlight Tourist Destination and Starlight Reserve) the data obtained during the year 2016 confirm that the values ​​are excellent in some areas and of very good quality in almost all non-urban areas. The measurement campaigns are framed in a project to evaluate the natural conditions of the nocturnal environment of the Natural Parks of Catalonia, with the aim of detecting those that maintain better conditions and promote protection projects. The study has had the collaboration of the ICCUB and the Department of Quantum Physics and Astrophysics of the UB.

For further information click here.


Monday, 7 August, 2017

The latest asteroid discovered at Fabra Observatory is named after the UB professor Jorge Núñez

The asteroid 1941 WA has been named (4298) Jorgenunez. This celestial body, one of the minor planets in the main asteroid belt of the Solar System –located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter-, is named after Jorge Núñez de Murga director of the Fabra Observatory astronomical observatory of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences of Barcelona (RACAB) and member of the ICCUB and the FQA department of the University of Barcelona.


Monday, 3 July, 2017

Women experts search engine, a new tool to find expertise profiles of women working in Catalonia

The Catalan Institute for Women has made available a tool to search expertise profiles of women working in specific scientific, academic and business fields, among others. 

The aim of this tool is to increase the visibility of women's contribution, especially in those areas where women's presence has traditionally been low.

Cercador d'Expertes

Article by El Punt Avui


Thursday, 18 May, 2017

Now available "Eclipse 2.0", an application to compute and simulate astronomical events

Eclipse 2.0 is the new version of Eclipse Calculator, released in December 2012. Now, with a lot of new features.

​​This is an application to compute and simulate astronomical events. A tool for astronomy lovers that allows to know in a simple way the general and local circumstances for solar and lunar eclipses and planetary transits.

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Monday, 15 May, 2017

The ICCUB inaugurates new premises at Parc Científic de Barcelona

On Thursday 11 May the ICCUB will inaugurate its new premises at Parc Científic de Barcelona. This new premises will house the institute's Technological Unit, which has been created to enforce projects with an important technological component, either focused on science, research or technology demonstrators, among others. The Unit is built upon the know-how earned by its members during several years working on outstanding and groundbreaking international projects, such as LHCb, Gaia, Solar Orbiter or CTA.


Thursday, 11 May, 2017

Will Earth-like planets be found to have Earth-like oceans?

For a planetary surface to boast extensive areas of both land and water, a delicate balance must be struck between the volume of water it retains and the capacity of its oceanic basins. Each of these two quantities may vary substantially across the full spectrum of water-bearing worlds. Why the Earth’s values are so well balanced is an unresolved and long-standing conundrum. In a paper published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (Ed. Oxford University Press) the author, Fergus Simpson of the Institute of Cosmos Science at the University of Barcelona, has constructed a statistical model – based on Bayesian probability – to predict the division between land and water on habitable exoplanets.


Friday, 21 April, 2017

Gaia Mission and Ultracold UB at the Espai ciencia of the Salo de l'Ensenyament 2017

The Institute of Cosmos Sciences and the Department of Quantum Physics and Astrophysics of the University of Barcelona will be represented by "Mission Gaia" and"Ultracold UB" workshops at this years "Saló de l'Ensenyament" (or "Learning Hall") which will take place from the 22nd through the 26th of March at Montjuic.


Monday, 20 March, 2017