Històric de Noticies

Francesca Figueras, new president of the Spanish Society of Astronomy

Francesca Figueras, researcher and deputydirector of the Institute of Cosmos Sciences (IEEC-UB), and Professor of the Department of Quantum Physics and Astrophysics of the Universitat de Barcelona, has been elected as new president of the Spanish Society of Astronomy (SEA) in its XII scientific meeting that was held last week in Bilbao. Figueras will take over as president of the SEA in January 2017 replacing Javier Gorgas who chaired the company since 2013.


Thursday, 28 July, 2016

Ampliació del termini del "II concurs Comas i Solà"

El II concurs Comas i Solà, organitzat per la Universitat de Barcelona, convida els estudiants de doctorat a realitzar un vídeo breu, de no més de 3 minuts, per explicar a un públic general en què consisteix la seva recerca.

L’ activitat vol donar visibilitat als estudiants de doctorat com a motor de la recerca de la Universitat i apropar a la ciutadania la recerca que es duu a terme a la UB.

S'amplia el termini de presentació de vídeos fins al 23 de maig de 2016 a les 24 h.



Thursday, 12 May, 2016

Videos of the Transit of Mercury

Transit of Mercury seen by Proba-2 (ESA)

Proba-2, smaller than a cubic metre, monitors the Sun from Earth orbit with an extreme ultraviolet telescope called SWAP. It was able to spot Mercury’s transit of the Sun as a small black disk roughly four pixels in diameter.



Video with images taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. 

SDO studies how solar activity is created and how Space Weather comes from that activity.


Wednesday, 11 May, 2016

Spain and Japan agree on the installation of four new Cherenkov telescopes on the island of La Palma

The telescopes will form part of the future Cherenkov Telescope Array in the Northern Hemisphere (CTA-North) at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory


The group of the Institute of Cosmos Sciences (IEEC-UB) and the Quantum Physics and Astrophysics Department led by Josep Maria Paredes and Marc Ribó, has participated in the scientific objectives definition and are involved in the design and production microelectronics for CTA cameras.



Friday, 15 April, 2016

Telescope Assumpció Català: the first telescope bearing the name of a woman in Spain




On March 4th the baptism of the telescope bearing the name of the University of Barcelona Assumpció Català Professor took place and thus it has become the first telescope with the name of a woman, in Spain. The telescope is located in the Centre d’Observació de l’Univers within the Parc Astronomic del Montsec (Montsec, Àger). 



Monday, 7 March, 2016

Students from Baloo school present the exhibition "De la Terra a l'Univers" in the Catakrac programme

On 6 November the students from the Baloo School from Barcelona presented Catakrac programme on BTV.

This year 2015-2016 astronomy has been the cross axis at the Baloo School and its students explained the activities they have been doing during this school-year around this topic. They focused their intervention on the exhibition "De la Terra a l'Univers", the exhibition of the department.

From the minute 7:20 to 10:20


Sunday, 6 March, 2016

ATLASGAL Survey of Milky Way Completed

A spectacular new image of the Milky Way has been released to mark the completion of the APEX Telescope Large Area Survey of the Galaxy (ATLASGAL). The APEX telescope in Chile has mapped the full area of the Galactic Plane visible from the southern hemisphere at submillimetre wavelengths — between infrared light and radio waves. This is the sharpest such map yet made, and complements those from recent space-based surveys. The pioneering 12-metre APEX telescope allows astronomers to study the cold Universe: gas and dust only a few tens of degrees above absolute zero.


Thursday, 25 February, 2016

LIGO Detected Gravitational Waves from Black Holes

On September 14, 2015 at 5:51 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (09:51 UTC), the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors, located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, USA both measured ripples in the fabric of spacetime – gravitational waves – arriving at the Earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. The new Advanced LIGO detectors had just been brought into operation for their first observing run when the very clear and strong signal was captured.This discovery comes at the culmination of decades of instrument research and development, through a world-wide effort of thousands of researchers, and made possible by dedicated support for LIGO from the National Science Foundation. It also proves a prediction made 100 years ago by Einstein that gravitational waves exist. More excitingly, it marks the beginning of a new era of gravitational wave astronomy – the possibilities for discovery are as rich and boundless as they have been with light-based astronomy.


Monday, 15 February, 2016