Infrared ‘eye’ arrival completes CARMENES instrument, which will see its first light in November

nir1CARMENES, a spectrograph that will search for earth-like planets, is a unique instrument due to its stability, very high resolution and because it will observe at the same time in both the visible and infrared channels.

The infrared channel, developed at the Instituto de Astronfísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC), will be tomorrow placed in its final location, at the 3.5m Calar Alto Observatory telescope.

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Calar Alto Observatory in the European Night of the researchers

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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.

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What is a lunar eclipse good for?

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- 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.

 

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A complex maneuver allows CARMENES instrument having its visible channel eye

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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.

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CARMENES, the instrument that will search for Earth-like planets, starts its assembly at Calar Alto

feCARMENES 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, 2015Before 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.

 

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Goodbye to a good friend

jgJavier Gorosabel has been, and still is, part of the Calar Alto Observatory, and with his departure, we lose something of what this place is. He was always between the most enthusiastic and productive users of any of Calar Alto telescopes, in both instrumentation and scientific projects. But, most of all, here, at this mountain, we learned and laugh with him. Although it will take some time, as we have our hearts shrunk and feel like the stars are less bright, we are sure that we will continue learning his science and laughing with him.

On behalf of the Calar Alto Observatory, we share the grief to his family and with all who knew him.

   

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