Històric de Noticies

NameExoWorlds: An IAU World wide Contest to name Exoplanets and their Host Stars

For the first time, in response to the public’s increased interest in being part of discoveries in astronomy, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) is organizing a worldwide contest to give popular names to selected exoplanets along with their host stars. The proposed names will be submitted by astronomy clubs and non-profit organisations interested in astronomy, and votes will be cast by the public from across the world through the web platform NameExoWorlds.

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Friday, 11 July, 2014

Thesis Defense:"The evolution of the Brewer-Dobson Circulation and the ozone layer during the last three decades"

  • Author/PhD student: Albert Ossó Castillón
  • Date: Dijous, 10 de juliol de 2014
  • Time: 11:30
  • Place: Sala de Graus (aulari)
  • Tribunal:​
    • President: Dr.  David W. J. Thompson 
    • Secretary: Dra.  Ileana Bladé Men
    • Vocal: Dr.  Álvaro Corral Cano
    • Substitutes: Dr.  Ricardo García Herrera
      Dr.  Joan Bech Rustullet
      Dr.  Jordi Cunillera i Grañó
  • Directors: Dr. Jerónimo, Lorente Castelló (Director).
  • Abstract:


Tuesday, 1 July, 2014

The DAM Gaia group on the fair «Live research»




The Gaia group of our Department will be on the fair «Live research». The fair is an exhibition of contemporary research organized annually by the Barcelona Science Park (Parc Científic de Barcelona) in collaboration with the University of Barcelona (UB).

The aim of the fair is to improve scientific understanding and awareness in our society by presenting research that is currently being undertaken in Barcelona to the public, and for real researchers to explain to the general public the main characteristics of the scientific method.

At the same time the Fair presents research being performed in Barcelona in a coordinated way, exhibiting projects of research groups from different R&D institutions and centres in the city. These bring part of their laboratories to the Fair so that members of the public can interact with the instruments that are central to research in Barcelona and ask whatever questions they fancy.

Dates: 8-10 April 2014
Place: Aula Capella of the UB Historic Building

Time: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free entrance from 4 p.m.

Free entrance

Groups of more than 10 people need to reserve in advance.


Monday, 7 April, 2014

Thesis defense: High energy processes in young stellar objects and high mass X-ray binaries"

  • Author/PhD student: Pere Munar Adrover
  • Date: Fryday, March 28, 2014
  • Time: 11:30
  • Place: Sala de Grados Eduard Fontseré
  • Tribunal:​
    • President: Dr. Gustavo E. Romero
    • Secretary: Dr. Josep Martí Ribas
    • Vocal: Dr. Juan Cortina Blanco
    • Substitutes: Dr. José María Torrelles Arnedo
      Dr. Lluís Font Guiteras
      Dr. Kazushi Iwasawa
  • Directors: Dr. Josep Maria Paredes Poy
  • Abstract: 


Monday, 24 March, 2014

Gaia observed from Montsec

The Gaia satellite was launched into space by the European Space Agency (ESA) on 19 December 2013. From 8 January 2014 operates in a Lissajous orbit around the L2 Lagrange point of the Sun-Earth system. On the night of 6/7 March 2014, the satellite was maneuvered, temporarily increasing its size. 

This film shows the apparent motion of Gaia observed with Fabra-ROA Telescope Montsec (TFRM) between 19:15:30 and 22:49:30 (UT) on 6 March 2014.


Monday, 10 March, 2014

Gaia comes into focus

Imagen de calibración Gaia (ESA/DPAC/Airbus DS)

Gaia sigue con su proceso de puesta a punto. Esta imagen de prueba muestra un denso cúmulo de estrellas en la Gran Nube de Magallanes, una galaxia satélite de nuestra Vía Láctea. 
Una vez Gaia empiece a hacer las mediciones de rutina generará enormes cantidades de datos. Pero para maximizar la investigación científica de la misión se enviarán a la Tierra, para su análisis, sólo pequeños 'recortes' centrados en cada una de las estrellas que detecta. 


Thursday, 6 February, 2014

Gaia UB Group wins a 2013 Barcelona City Award

The Culture Institute of Barcelona conferred the 2013 Barcelona City Award in the category of Experimental Sciences and Technology to the group of scientists who collaborated in the project Gaia of the University of Barcelona, composed by researchers of the Department of Astronomy and Meteorology and members of the Institute of Sciences of the Cosmos (ICCUB) and the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC). The award ceremony takes place on 11 February at the Saló de Cent of Barcelona City Council.

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Tuesday, 4 February, 2014

Thesis defense: "Paint it black: Weak Lensing Analysis of an All-Sky Simulation"

  • Author/PhD student: Carlos López Arenillas
  • Date:  Friday, 24th January, 2014
  • Time: 12:00
  • Place: Sala de Graus (aulari)
  • Tribunal:​
    • President: Dr.  Gustavo Yepes Alonso
    • Secretary: Dr.  Jaume Garriga Torres
    • Vocal: Dr.  Christopher Bonnett
    • Substitutes:  Dr.  Martin Crocce
      Dr.  Francisco Javier Castander 
      Dr.  Ramón Miquel Pascual
  • Directors:
    Dr. Enrique Gaztañaga Balbás (Director).
    Dr. Alberto Manrique Oliva (Tutor).
  • Abstract: 


Thursday, 23 January, 2014

DAM Researchers discover the first black hole orbiting a ‘spinning’ star

Spanish scientists have discovered the first binary system ever known to consist of a black hole and a ‘spinning’ star —or more accurately, a Be-type star. Although predicted by theory, none had previously been found. The observations that led to the discovery were performed with the Liverpool and Mercator telescopes at the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos (Canary Islands, Spain). The discovery is published today in Nature.


Thursday, 16 January, 2014