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Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 12.12.2022
WEAVE spectrograph begins study of galaxy formation and evolution
WEAVE spectrograph begins study of galaxy formation and evolution
LIFU's advantage comes from the large amount of information contained in each observation. Using small displacements of the pointer, the WEAVE spectrograph has produced, in two hours, spectra for 31,500 regions in and around these galaxies. The total light intensity of each of the fibres is used to form the image of the galaxies shown in the centre.

Astronomy / Space Science - 22.09.2022
The longest time delay ever measured between multiple images of a quasar
The longest time delay ever measured between multiple images of a quasar
An international research team led by the University of Valencia has just measured a time delay of 6.73 years -the longest ever detected for a gravitational lens- between multiple images of a quasar. The result, obtained after 14.5 years of observation at the FLWO observatory of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (USA), will improve knowledge about galaxy clusters and the dark matter they contain.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 22.09.2022
Orbital motion detected near black hole event horizon
Orbital motion detected near black hole event horizon
An international team, with the participation of the Universitat de València, has identified the signal of a bubble of hot gas orbiting in the vicinity of Sagittarius A* (the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy). The observation was made with the ALMA telescope (Atacama large mm/submm Array).

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 20.09.2022
New technique to measure the mass of neutrinos coming from a supernova
New technique to measure the mass of neutrinos coming from a supernova
A team from the Institute of Corpuscular Physics (IFIC, UV/CSIC) predicts that supernovae can be a source for determining the mass of neutrinos. This is explained by a theoretical study published in the journal Physical Review Letters. The experimental confirmation of the proposal is carried out within the framework of the international collaboration DUNE (Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment), whose future detector will observe, for this work, neutrinos from supernova explosions.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 20.07.2022
'Black hole guards' find a dormant Black hole outside our galaxy
’Black hole guards’ find a dormant Black hole outside our galaxy
A team of international experts, renowned for having debunked several black hole discoveries, identified a stellar-mass black hole in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a galaxy near the Milky Way. The discovery is now published in an article on Nature Astronomy , which includes the participation of Mark Gieles, from the Faculty of Physics, the Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the UB (ICCUB) and the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC).

Astronomy / Space Science - Earth Sciences - 15.06.2022
Two new rocky planets found in the solar neighborhood
Two new rocky planets found in the solar neighborhood
An international collaboration, involving the Stellar Astrophysics group of the Complutense University, has discovered two new super-Earths orbiting a bright red dwarf star located only 33 light-years away, making them the closest rocky planets ever found outside our solar system. Neither of the two worlds can harbor life.

Physics - Astronomy / Space Science - 26.05.2022
They discover an effect that determines the detection of neutrinos to study the cosmos
They discover an effect that determines the detection of neutrinos to study the cosmos
A study by the Institute of Corpuscular Physics (CSIC-UV) and Harvard University shows for the first time the production of a type of neutrinos originating from extreme phenomena. The work, featured in the journal Physical Review Letters, represents a change for the models on which future Physics experiments looking for these elementary particles are based.

Astronomy / Space Science - Computer Science - 25.05.2022
Cloud computing to unveil the enigmas of our galaxy
Cloud computing to unveil the enigmas of our galaxy
The Galactic RainCloudS project, an initiative led by members of the Faculty of Physics , the Institute of Cosmos Sciences ( ICCUB ) and the Institute for Space Studies of Catalonia ( IEEC ), was awarded the first position in the framework of the Cloud Funding for Research call of the European project Open Clouds For Research Environments ( OCRE ).

Astronomy / Space Science - 12.05.2022
The first image of the black hole in our galaxy is revealed
The first image of the black hole in our galaxy is revealed
An international astronomy team, where researcher staff from the Universitat de València also participate, revealed the first image of the super massive black hole located at the centre of the Milky Way. This result presents substantial evidence that the objet is, indeed, a black hole. It also provides valuable hints about how these black holes work, which are believed to be found in the centre of most galaxies.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 14.04.2022
MAGIC telescopes detect vampire star nuclear explosion
MAGIC telescopes detect vampire star nuclear explosion
A research team taking part in the MAGIC collaboration —international consortium including participation from experts of the University of Barcelona— detected very high-energy gamma rays from a recurrent nova in the Milky Way.

Astronomy / Space Science - 01.02.2022
Astronomers confirm the second Earth Trojan asteroid after a decade of search
Astronomers confirm the second Earth Trojan asteroid after a decade of search
An International team of astronomers led by researcher Toni Santana-Ros, from the University of Alicante and the Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB), has confirmed the existence of the second Earth Trojan asteroid known to date, the 2020 XL5, after a decade of search.

Astronomy / Space Science - 14.12.2021
Unveiling substructures at the edge of the Galaxy
Unveiling substructures at the edge of the Galaxy
An international team of astronomers led by researcher Chervin Laporte of the Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB-IEEC) has revealed a new map of the Milky Way's outer disc using data from the Gaia space misison. The findings have been published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society .

Astronomy / Space Science - 01.07.2021
Oversized black hole population in the star cluster Palomar 5
Oversized black hole population in the star cluster Palomar 5
Palomar 5 is a unique star cluster. This is firstly because it is one of the "fluffiest" clusters in the halo of our Galaxy, with the average distance between the stars being a few light-years, comparable to the distance from the Sun to the nearest star. Secondly, it has a specular stellar stream associated with it that spans more than 20 degrees across the sky.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 17.05.2021
Successful start of DESI Instrument to reveal dark energy mysteries
Successful start of DESI Instrument to reveal dark energy mysteries
Today is the official beginning of a 5-year research to map the universe and reveal the mysteries of the dark energy using the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument ( DESI ). Based in the Kitt Peak National Observatory (Arizona, United States), this instrument will take and study the light of tens of millions of galaxies and other distant objects of the Universe.

Astronomy / Space Science - 30.03.2021
First interstellar comet to be the most pristine ever found
First interstellar comet to be the most pristine ever found
New observations carried out with the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (ESO's VLT) indicate that the rogue comet 2I/Borisov, which is the second and most recently detected interstellar visitor to our Solar System, is one of the most pristine comets ever observed. Astronomers suspect that the most likely thing to have happened is for the comet to never passed close to a star, making it an unaltered relic of the cloud of gas and dust where it was created.