Històric de Noticies

First cosmic event observed in both gravitational waves and light

Astronomers from different collaborations announced on Monday 16 October the detection of two colliding neutron stars by the gravitational-wave observatories LIGO and Virgo and also by 70 other, more traditional, electromagnetic-wave observatories. This is the first time scientists have detected gravitational waves in addition to light from the same cosmic event, opening a new window in observational astronomy, the ‘multi-messenger’ astronomy.


Monday, 16 October, 2017

CTA Releases its Updated Science Case

The latest iteration of the Cherenkov Telescope Array’s (CTA’s) science case, Science with the Cherenkov Telescope Array, was made available today via the CTA website library and arXiv and will be published in a special edition of International Journal of Modern Physics D in the coming weeks. The work includes more than 200 pages that introduce and elaborate on CTA’s major science themes and place CTA in the context of other major observatories.



Thursday, 28 September, 2017

Interview with F. Figueras on the radio program "Un alto en el camino" on Onda Cero

Francesca Figueras, Deputy director of the Institute of Cosmos Sciences (ICCUB) and President of the Spanish Society of Astronomy (SEA) is interviewed on the Onda Cero radio program "Un alto en el camino" of Sunday, August 27.

The program included a section devoted to women pioneers in astronomy where the journalist Diana Lopez reviewed the role of women throughout history in this branch of physics and interviewed Francesca Figueras.


Web of the program

Web of the Sociedad Española de Astronomía


Friday, 1 September, 2017

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