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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

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

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).

Discovering the birth of an asteroid trail
20 February 2013 9:01

Unlike comets, asteroids are not characterised by exhibiting a trail, but there are now ten exceptions. Spanish researchers have observed one of these rare asteroids from the Gran Telescopio Canarias (Spain) and have discovered that something happened around the 1st July 2011 causing its trail to appear: maybe internal rupture or collision with another asteroid.