Històric de Noticies

Exomars reaches Mars, but there is no news from Schiapparelli

The Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) of ESA’s ExoMars 2016 has successfully performed the long 139-minute burn required to be captured by Mars and entered an elliptical orbit around the Red Planet, while contact has been lost with the mission’s test lander from the surface.

Essential data from the ExoMars Schiaparelli lander sent to its mothership Trace Gas Orbiter during the module’s descent to the Red Planet’s surface yesterday has been downlinked to Earth and is currently being analysed by experts.


Thursday, 20 October, 2016

‘Som recerca’ has been published. The documentary from the research to the society.

Hope, persistence, creativity and commitment are the reference points in the research carried out by 5.000 researchers every day at the University of Barcelona, and are also the main values highlighted in the video Som recerca, a short documentary driven by the Vice-rector’s office of Research, Innovation and Transference to open the doors of the science and research world of the University of Barcelona to society. This audiovisual work, showing different stages of the professional life of a researcher, aims to emphasize the relevance of basic research and knowledge transfer to promote the progress of social, economic and cultural welfare.



Tuesday, 4 October, 2016

Rosetta grand finale on 30 September

Image:  ESA/ATG medialab

Artist's impression of Rosetta shortly before hitting Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on 30 September 2016.


Rosetta is set to complete its historic mission in a controlled descent to the surface of its comet on 30 September, with the end of mission confirmation predicted to be within 20 minutes of 11:20 GMT (13:20 CEST).

Details of how, when and where to follow the key moments online, starting with a review of the mission’s impressive haul of science highlights on 29 September, can be found here.



Wednesday, 28 September, 2016

Signed the agreement to host the Northern CTA observatory at La Palma

Image:  IFAE, CTA Consortium

Artistic representation of four giant telescopes.

On September 19, the Consortium Network Cherenkov telescopes (CTA) has signed a framework agreement with the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC) to install the Cherenkov observatory in the northern hemisphere in the Roque de los Muchachos on the island of La Palm.



Wednesday, 28 September, 2016

Presentation of the first data release from Gaia mission at UB

A public ceremony will take place at Phyisics Faculty of the Universitat de Barcelona on the occasion of the First Gaia Data Release on 14th September 2016, and guided visits to the exhibition "Mil milions d'ulls per a mil milions d'estrelles".

ESA's billion-star surveyor Gaia, was launched on 19 December 2013, and it is in routine science operations since 25 July 2014. Data released corespond to the observations of the first 14th months of the mision.




Wednesday, 14 September, 2016



ESO (European Southern Observatory) organizes every year an astronomical camp in the Aosta Valley (Italy). These stays are aimed at encouraging astronomical vocations among students from 16 to 18 years old (1998, 99 & 2000).

ESO & SEA offer 2 grants.

Registration open until 4th October. (11 October)


Wednesday, 7 September, 2016