The article “El primer mapa 3D de la Vía Láctea” published in the Spanish version of Scientific American

By: C. Jordi, E. Masana Journal: Investigación y Ciencia, Nº 510, march 2019 Language: Spanish The article on the ESA’s Gaia space mission by Carme Jordi and Eduard Masana, researchers from the Barcelona Gaia team at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences UB, has been published on March in the journal Investigación y Ciencia. La misión Gaia, de la ESA, ha cartografiado con una precisión sin precedentes 1300 millones de estrellas de la galaxia. Sus resultados están cambiando la forma de ver y entender nuestro entorno cósmico. ¿Cómo se formó la Vía Láctea? ¿De dónde proceden las estrellas que...

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Jordi Torra i Roca, Barcelona, 23/04/1949 – 26/02/2019

Ph.D. in Physics by the Universitat de Barcelona (1984) and Professor in the Department of Quantum Physics and Astrophysics in the same University, he focused his research career in the study of the structure, formation and evolution of our Galaxy, the Milky Way. He was one of the pioneers at European level in the development of the field of Astrometry from Space. In the 80s he accepted the challenge to lead the Spanish participation in the European Space Agency’s Hipparcos mission and, as a result from this work, Spain is fully participating in the Gaia mission, launched in 2013 and...

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Gaia DR2 bulk catalogue available in FAPEC format

The Gaia group at the Universitat de Barcelona (IEEC – ICCUB), in cooperation with DAPCOM Data Services S.L. (a technological spin-off company of the UPC and the UB), has published an alternative copy of the bulk data files from Gaia DR2 – the second data release from Gaia. Gaia DR2 was published on 25 April 2018. Besides the on-line catalogue, bulk CSV files were also made available for download – an interesting option for exhaustive analyses. Such files are officially offered in “csv.gz” format, that is, compressed with the widely known gzip compressor. On 6...

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Gaia Second Data Release Event in Barcelona.

[UPDATED] See the event video here or at our YouTube channel On Wednesday 25 April 2018, the European Space Agency (ESA) publish the second data release of the Gaia mission. The team of researchers from the Universitat de Barcelona (ICCUB/IEEC) organises an event open to the general public in the Faculty of Physics (Av. Diagonal 647, Barcelona) where the new data will be presented and the new era in astronomy that it begins will be described. Gaia: a billion stars in movement Gaia Second Data Release Event Aula Magna Enric Casasses, Facultad de Física, Universitat de Barcelona Wednesday 25...

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Gaia tops one trillion observations

On 14 April 2018, about 10 days before the second Gaia Data Release, the spacecraft and daily data processing systems have reached yet another stunning milestone: the number of star transits has reached 100 billion! The Gaia satellite has two telescopes pointing to two regions of the sky separated by 106.5 degrees. The satellite spins at a rate of 6 hours per revolution with the two telescopes scanning a great circle and the stars continuously transiting the focal plane. Every day, Gaia instruments record about 70 million transits. A full transit includes an observation in the sky mapper (to...

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Josep Manel Carrasco ha parlat sobre el sistema TRAPPIST a La república Santboiana (Ràdio Sant Boi, 23/02/2017)

La república Santboiana (Ràdio Sant Boi)23 de Febrer de 2017Enllaç a la web del programa: http://enacast.com/radiosantboi/#/programs/larepublicasantboiana/radiosantboi_podcast_10231 Enllaç a la publicació de  Miralcel Divulgació Astronomia: http://www.ivoox.com/trappist-1-audios-mp3_rf_17180011_1.htm Descripción de Trappist-1  El 22 de febrer de 2017 es va fer pública la descoberta d’un sistema planetari (TRAPPIST-1) amb 7 planetes terrestres (de mida similar a la nostra Terra) i amb 4 d’ells situats a la zona d’habitabilitat. En Josep Manel Carrasco ens parla...

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