Gaia starts mapping the galactic bar in the Milky Way (Notícies UB, 16/07/2019)

Gaia starts mapping the galactic bar in the Milky Way (Notícies UB) The first direct measurement of the bar-shaped collection of stars at the centre of our Milky Way galaxy has been made by combining data from the Gaia mission (European Space Agency, ESA) with complementary observations by ground- and space-based telescopes. The study, published in Astronomy & Astrophysics, was led by researchers from the Institute of Science Cosmos of the University of Barcelona and from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (Germany). The second release of data from Gaia star-mapping...

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Roger Mor: En busca del nacimiento de la Vía Láctea (El Mundo, 13/05/2019)

ROGER MOR En busca del nacimiento de la Vía Láctea (El Mundo) El científico del Instituto de Ciencias del Cosmos de la Universidad de Barcelona encabeza como primer firmante, un trabajo de investigación que profundiza en el porqué y cuándo del nacimiento de las estrellas de la Vía Láctea gracias a los datos de la sonda Gaia.

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Un inesperado ‘baby boom’ de estrellas en la Vía Láctea (El Mundo, 13 Mayo 2019)

Un inesperado ‘baby boom’ de estrellas en la Vía Láctea Científicos de Barcelona descubren que buena parte de los astros de la galaxia nacieron en una época en la que quedaba poco gas. El choque con otra galaxia pudo haber reactivado su formación Date: 13 Mayo 2017 Media: El Mundo Link to the new: https://www.elmundo.es/ciencia-y-salud/ciencia/2019/05/13/5cd7140bfc6c83be238b477e.html La historia de una estrella es una historia convulsa. Como la de las galaxias en las que viven. Y gracias a una nave espacial que está estudiando más de mil millones de astros los científicos están...

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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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“One Billion Eyes For One Billion Stars”: New Exhibition Available

  “One Billion Eyes For One Billion Stars” The exhibition (in English, Spanish and Catalan) produced by the Barcelona team to explain Gaia for all audiences. Now updated with five new panels about the Second Gaia Data Release.   See digital exhibition here!  

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Gaia detects a shake in the Milky Way

Image: The spiral shape of fig 1c of our article appears inside an old watch symbolising the fact that these data has allowed us to date back the perturbation that shook the Milky Way disk. This figure shows how from the new obtained Gaia data we can know more about the past of the Galaxy.   Credit: Edmon de Haro/iStock.   Researchers of the UB and the University of Groningen lead one of the first big discoveries from the Gaia Mission, published in Nature A team led by researchers from the Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB, UB-IEEC) and the...

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