Històric de Noticies

A member of the Department receives the award for best doctoral thesis of the SEA

Javier Moldon Vara, a member of this department, has received the award for the Best Spanish Doctoral Thesis in Astronomy and Astrophysics in 2012 awarded by the SEA (Spanish Society of Astronomy).

The thesis is "Structure and nature of gamma-ray binaries by means of VLBI observations" and was directed by Marc Ribo Gomis and Josep Maria Paredes Poy.

The new in the SEA site


Friday, 7 June, 2013

ESO's Very Large Telescope Celebrates 15 Years of Success

This new picture celebrates an important anniversary for the Very Large Telescope – it is fifteen years since the first light on the first of its four Unit Telescopes, on 25 May 1998. Since then the four original giant telescopes have been joined by the four small Auxiliary Telescopes that form part of the VLT Interferometer (VLTI). The VLT is one of the most powerful and productive ground-based astronomical facilities in existence. In 2012 more than 600 refereed scientific papers based on data from the VLT and VLTI were published (ann13009)

ESO new


Thursday, 23 May, 2013

Debate on air pollution levels in European cities, in a conference at the UB

The University of BarcelonaAlumni UB and the winery Torres, together with Barcelona City Council and Transport for London, organise today, Tuesday 21st May, the conference “Fins on cal arribar per reduir la contaminació atmosfèrica?”. The Aula Magna of the UB Historic Building gathers experts on air quality and health and representatives of public administrations and European organizations who discuss pollution levels in big cities, such as Barcelona, London or Copenhagen, and the actions that can be carried out to reduce them. Organizers state that crisis has caused “a reduction of road traffic and indirectly an ‘unreal’ decrease in pollution levels”.


Tuesday, 21 May, 2013

Lunar Impact

An object about the size of a small boulder has hit the lunar surface in Mare Imbrium. Anyone looking at the Moon at the moment of impact could have seen the explosion--no telescope required. For about one second, the impact site was glowing like a 4th magnitude star.


Friday, 17 May, 2013

PhD Extraordinary Award for two Ph.D. graduates from the Department

Andreu Font Ribera and Juan Carlos Morales Peralta received the PhD Extraordinary Award from the University of Barcelona.


Andreu Font's thesis  "Large Scale Structure with Lyman Alpha Absorption Surveys"  was directed by Jordi Miralda Escudé and supervised by per Alberto Manrique Oliva

Juan Carlos Morales's thesis "The Effect of Activity on the Fundamental Properties of Low-Mass Stars" was directed by Carme Jordi Nebot and Ignasi Ribas Canudas.


New from UB

List of awards


Friday, 17 May, 2013

Solar activity surges

A sunspot on the sun's eastern limb is crackling with powerful X-class solar flares. Just-numbered AR1748 announced itself during the early hours of May 13th with an X1.7-class eruption (0217 UT), quickly followed by an X2.8-class flare (1609 UT) and an X3.2-class flare (0117 UT on May 14). These are the strongest flares of the year so far, and they signal a significant increase in solar activity. NOAA forecasters estimate a 40% chance of more X-flares during the next 24 hours.


Space Weather




Tuesday, 14 May, 2013

10 years of live broadcasts on ServiAstro

ServiAstro webcast its first live phenomenon 10 years ago. It was the Mercuri Transit on May 7, 2003.


Since then, ServiAstro have broadcast the most important astronomical phenomena visible from Catalonia, offering detailed information on both their nature and their observation conditions. 
Our server has also wanted to cover other astronomical phenomena of special interest that were not visible from here, and to make it possible, some members of our department have moved to different parts of the world and they have webcast them live.


Tuesday, 7 May, 2013

Herschel closes its eyes on the Universe


ESA's Herschel space observatory has exhausted its supply of liquid helium coolant, ending more than three years of pioneering observations of the cool Universe.
The event was not unexpected: the mission began with over 2300 litres of liquid helium, which has been slowly evaporating since the final top-up the day before Herschel’s launch on 14 May 2009.

Notícia en la ESA


Monday, 29 April, 2013