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Participantes en 100xCiencia.2

“Without transfer there is no innovation and without innovation there is no future”

This morning Alicante has started the 100xCiencia.2 meeting, which today and tomorrow brings together the vanguard of Spanish research: the Severo Ochoa and María de Maeztu centers of excellence.The meeting was opened by Carmen Vela, Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation, and she highlighted the importance of approaching science and business. >> Read more

The European Solar Telescope will see the light in 2027

The Academia Nazionale dei Lincei in Rome today hosted the first presentation of the European Solar Telescope (EST) in the framework of the preparatory phase for its construction, which is scheduled to begin in 2021. This infrastructure, which will be located in the Canary Islands, will be the largest European telescope dedicated to the observation of the Sun and its construction is expected to begin in 2021 to be operative in 2027. The project, which is included in the roadmap of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) since 2016, is coordinated by the IAC and includes 21 scientific and industrial institutions from 15 different European countries. >> Read more

 XIII Meeting of the QUIJOTE Consortium

The XIII Meeting of the QUIJOTE Consortium was held on 12 and 13 June at the Institute of Physics of Cantabria (IFCA) in Santander, where the scientific review associated with the completion of the CONSOLIDER project "Exploring the Physics of Inflation" (EPI) has been carried out. This project has financed the construction of the Second QUIJOTE Telescope, part of the second TGI instrument (30GHz) and the third FGI instrument (40 GHz).

The EMIR spectrograph is now installed on the Gran Telescopio CANARIAS

On Thursday June 2nd the EMIR spectrograph was successfully linked to the Gran Telescopio CANARIAS (GTC). After several days of trials following its arrival at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, on Wednesday it was moved to the base of the telescope and on Thursday morning it was maneuvered by crane up to the level of the side platforms of the GTC, and attached to the rotator where it will be in place to receive the light from the telescope. >> Read more

AOLI sees its first light

On May 22, the first tests of AOLI (Adaptive Optics Lucky Imager) were carried out in the 4.2 meter William Herschel Telescope (ING), located at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in La Palma. AOLI is a system that compensates for the deformations caused by the Earth's atmosphere on light, obtaining clearer images and making it possible to distinguish astronomical objects very little separated from each other. Its versatile optical design, its adaptive optics system, analysis and control software and the use of the lucky imaging technique make AOLI a unique instrument in the world.

First successful tests of new planet hunter “CARMENES”

After five years of preparation, the highly complex instrument CARMENES was for the first time used in November at the 3.5m telescope of the Observatorio de Calar Alto, near Almería in southern Spain, which is operated jointly by the Max-Planck-Society (MPG) and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC). Scientists and engineers of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) have participated in the design and construction of the new “planet hunter”. The Severo Ochoa program at the IAC has supported the manufacture of its optomechanical mounts.

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