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Dark energy hides behind phantom fields
25 March 2014 11:19
SINC

Quintessence and phantom fields, two hypotheses formulated using data from satellites, such as Planck and WMAP, are among the many theories that try to explain the nature of dark energy. Now researchers from Barcelona and Athens suggest that both possibilities are only a mirage in the observations and it is the quantum vacuum which could be behind this energy that moves our universe.

An experiment recreates the crust of the moon Europa
12 March 2014 9:53
SINC

Water, salts and gases dissolved in the huge ocean that scientists believe could exist below Europa´s icy crust can rise to the surface generating the enigmatic geological formations associated to red-tinged materials that can be seen on this Jupiter’s satellite. This is confirmed by the experiment carried out in the laboratory with water, carbon dioxide and magnesium sulfate by researchers at Centro de Astrobiología (CAB, Spain).

The shadows of Petra awaken its astronomical orientation
3 March 2014 9:27
SINC

During the winter solstice, the sun is filtered into the Monastery at Petra, Jordan, illuminating the podium of a deity. Just at this moment, the silhouette of the mountain opposite draws the head of a lion, a sacred animal. These are examples from a study where researchers from Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias and CSIC (Spain) showed how celestial events influenced the orientation of the great constructions of the Nabataeans.

Imagen profunda del cúmulo de galaxias Abell 2744
Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes ‘spy’ one of the youngest galaxies in the Universe
7 February 2014 13:54
IAC

An international team led by astronomers from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and La Laguna University (ULL) has just completed the first analysis of the observations of the Abell 2744 cluster of galaxies, a coordinated program of the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes.

Recreación del sistema MWC 656
The discovery is published today in 'Nature'
Spanish researchers discover the first black hole orbiting a ‘spinning’ star
15 January 2014 13:30
IAC/ULL/CSIC

Spanish scientists have discovered the first binary system ever known to consist of a black hole and a ‘spinning’ star – or more accurately, a Be-type star. Although predicted by theory, none had previously been found. The observations that led to the discovery were performed with the Liverpool and Mercator telescopes at the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos (Canary Islands, Spain).

Astronomy and astrophysics
Photo
The scientist and musician that discovered Uranus
13 November 2013 12:00
WEARBEARD

William Herschel built the best telescopes in the late XVIII century.. / Wearbeard

White dwarfs hide information on dark forces
4 November 2013 8:54
SINC

Researchers from Europe and the USA have ruled out a multitude of possible parameters for dark photons – a type of dark matter and energy – with the help of white dwarfs. In some aspects, the shining of these dying stars gives more information on dark forces than is provided by earth-based laboratories. The journal ‘Physical Review D’ has published the study.

Astronomy and astrophysics
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Los compuestos nocivos de los cigarillos casi desaparecen de las cafeterias
22 October 2013 9:30
IDAEA

Cenizas, compuestos y elementos del humo del tabaco. / IDAEA

Representación artística del asteroide Crantor cerca de Urano. / SINC
Three centaurs follow Uranus through the solar system
17 June 2013 10:00
SINC

Astrophysicists from the Complutense University of Madrid have confirmed that Crantor, a large asteroid with a diameter of 70 km has an orbit similar to that of Uranus and takes the same amount of time to orbit the Sun.Researchers have demonstrated for the first time that this and a further two objects of the group of the Centaurs are co-orbital with Uranus.

The flare star WX UMa becomes 15 times brighter in less than 3 minutes
13 June 2013 8:46
SINC

Astrophysicists at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and the Byurakan Observatory (Armenia) have detected a star of low luminosity which within a matter of moments gave off a flare so strong that it became almost 15 times brighter. The star in question is the flare star WX UMa.