As it happened in 2014, Calar Alto Observatory has participated on the European Night of the researchers that took place last September 25, 2015.This year the participation consisted in two activities held in the Junta de Andalucía's Govern Delegation in Almería.
- The moon darkens considerably during eclipses, which offers a unique opportunity for observing impacts against its surface.
- Researchers from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC) have programmed moon observations from different places in order to detect and study impacts on the moon during next September 28th eclipse.
- The most sophisticated observations will be carried out from the Calar Alto Observatory 3.5m Telescope.
Yesterday the visible channel was integrated into the spectrograph, a complex maneuver successfully achieved.
3.5m telescope access doors became yesterday small. One of the giant eyes with which CARMENES instrument will search for planets like ours, were successfully integrated after flying, held by a crane, to a height of over 30 meters, entering through the dome hole to reach its final location.
CARMENES front-end, the part which connects the instrument to the telescope, collects the light and injects it into the fibers, is being integrated.
This is the first big subsystem arriving at the observatory, where the tests will be carried out during this week.
Almería, April 30th, 2015. Before the end of this year, CARMENES instrument will open its eyes which to observe the sky in both the visible and the infrared, searching for Earth-like planets, one of the actual challenges of present astrophysics. During 2015 will happen a series of milestones starting this week with the integration of the instrument front-end, the part that connects the instrument with the telescope, collects the light and injects it into the fibers.