Històric de Noticies

Arrels II School from Solsona wins SonCube Contest


Two students of this center will be responsible for designing and building the experiment that will be probed into the stratosphere. 

Next September, SonCube probe driven by a helium balloon will take off for the second time since MónNatura Pyrenees (High Àneu, Lleida), following its goal to reach the public and especially to the younger the interest by experimentation and space sciences. 

On this occasion, the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC), the University of Barcelona (UB) and Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation participated in the contest organization "SonCube, experiences on the border of the space "that aims to enable a group of high school students with the most elaborate and original proposed design and build the main experiment that SonCube will carry.

UB news


Friday, 26 April, 2013

A research analyses the heavy snowfall occurred in Catalonia in 2010

A research carried out by researchers from the UB and the Meteorological Service of Catalonia (SMC) analyses 2010 heave snowfall, one of the heaviest happened last decades, if we consider its large extension as well as its local intensity and the disruption it produced. One of the main conclusions of the research is that, unlike summer thunderstorms, geographical Distribution of cloud-to-ground flashes is not necessarily related to precipitation maxima.


Thursday, 25 April, 2013

Discovery of the First Isolated Compact Elliptical (cE) Galaxy

Compact ellipticals (cEs) are a rare type of dwarf galaxy, possessing small effective radii and high central surface brightnesses. The best example is M32, a companion to the nearby Andromeda Galaxy. All of those found to date are close to massive galaxies, so many astronomers believe that their unusual features are the consequence of the tidal stripping of a much larger progenitor galaxy by the very massive host. Others, however, have argued that cEs are formed in the same manner as all elliptical galaxies, and are simply the rare low-mass examples. 

Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes new


Wednesday, 24 April, 2013

A Whiff of Dark Matter on the ISS

ESA’s Herschel space observatory has solved a long-standing mystery as to the origin of water in the upper atmosphere of Jupiter, finding conclusive evidence that it was delivered by the dramatic impact of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 in July 1994. 

During the spectacular week-long collision, a string of 21 comet fragments pounded into the southern hemisphere of Jupiter, leaving dark scars in the planet’s atmosphere that persisted for several weeks.




Tuesday, 23 April, 2013

A new sounding equipment of the Meteorological Service of Catalonia is inaugurated at the Faculty of Physics

The Meteorological Service of Catalonia (SMC), affiliated with the Department of Territory and Sustainability of the Government of Catalonia, has set up new equipment at the Faculty of Physics of the UB which enables to make in a completely automatic way up to twelve meteorological soundings.


Friday, 19 April, 2013

A Touch of the Universe

 Give the universe a blind child! "A Touch of The Universe" non-profit project aims to build 30 sets of tactile astronomy kits addressed to children with both normal or vision impairments. The kits will be distributed among educators and teachers in underdeveloped countries in Americas, Asia and Africa.


We need to raise funds to build 30 kits astronomy touch. To make a donation visit the project website:http://astrokit.uv.es/


Thursday, 18 April, 2013

A Dust-Obscured Massive Maximum-Starburst Galaxy in the Early Universe

Astronomers of the Herschel Multi-tiered Extragalactic Survey (HerMES) project announce in the journal Nature the discovery of an unusually massive, maximum-starburst galaxy at a redshift of 6.34, or when the Universe was only 880 million years old. Because current theories of galaxy formation and evolution predict smaller galaxies with slower rates of star production in the early Universe, the detection of such a galaxy is challenging.



Wednesday, 17 April, 2013