Històric de Noticies

"Gravitational waves. Have they been found?"

Life streaming of the press release by ICCUB

Date:    Thursday, 11 February 2016

Place:    Aula Enric Casassas.Physics Faculty, Universitat de Barcelona


  • 16:00 h, Presentation by R. Emparan (ICREA-ICCUB) Gravitational Waves: What they are, and what LIGO’s detection represents
  • 16:30h Live online broadcast by streaming of the press release (if available *)
  • 15:00 (estimated) Round table with ICCUB researchers. Roberto Emparan Miguel Zilhao, Domènec Espriu, Jordi Miralda i Josep Maria Paredes 

* The broadcast link has not been provided by LIGO yet. The availability of the broadcast will depend on LIGO.


Wednesday, 10 February, 2016

Some Department members involved in establishing a criterion on the Catalan name of meteor showers

On the occasion of alpha-Centaurids meteor shower, TERMCAT has published this interactive map of constellations with reference to a fifteen meteor showers. The meteor shower from Centaurus constellation is one of the first of the year: it has a peak activity on the 8th of February, although it takes place throughout the first fortnight of the month.

The Catalan denominations of meteor showers listed in the interactive map follow the Criteria for the Catalan name of Meteor Showers , approved by the Supervisory Board with the agreement of several specialists in the field of astronomy, among which there are several members of the DAM-Institute of Cosmos Sciences.


Monday, 8 February, 2016

‘Woohoo!’ email stokes rumor that gravitational waves have been spotted

It's just a rumor, but if specificity is any measure of credibility, it might just be right. For weeks,gossip has spread around the Internet that researchers with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) have spotted gravitational waves—ripples in space itself set off by violent astrophysical events. In particular, rumor has it that LIGO physicists have seen two black holes spiraling into each other and merging. But now, an email message that ended up on Twitter adds some specific numbers to those rumors. The author says he got the details from people who have seen the manuscript of the LIGO paper that will describe the discovery.


Friday, 5 February, 2016

A new Astronomy Course offered by members of the Department

The next third trimester begins,  Astronomia: els secrets de l’univers, a new course in astronomy to the general public offered by members of the Department.

This new course is added to the program "Astronomia i Meteorologia 2015-2016"  of the University of Experience, for people older than 55 years, offered by department members since 2014-2015 course.


Wednesday, 27 January, 2016

The most energetic light ever observed from a pulsar

A group of scientists working on the Major Atmospheric Gamma-ray Imaging Cherenkov (MAGIC) observatory, have reported the discovery of the most energetic pulsating radiation ever detected from a stellar object: the Crab pulsar. The unexpected observations of these high-energy photons question our knowledge of those tiny stars and opens new challenges for acceleration of particles in extreme media. The discovery has just been published in the last issue of Astronomy and Astrophysics and is led by researchers of the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) at the Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CSIC) the Astronomy and Meteorology Department of UB - Institut of Cosmos Sciences  (UB-IEEC)



Saturday, 16 January, 2016

First Ph.D. thesis on the initial data processing of real data of the Gaia mission

“High Performance computing of massive astrometry and photometry data from Gaia” is the first Ph.D. thesis dedicated to the initial data processing of real data of the Gaia mission. The author is Javier Castañeda, researcher at the Astronomy and Meteorology Department. It will have its defense on 15 December 2015 at the Facultat de Física, Universitat de Barcelona.


Monday, 14 December, 2015