An extrasolar planet smaller than Mercury

teaserScientists belonging to the Center for Astrobiology (CAB/CSIC-INTA) and to Calar Alto Observatory, have taken part in the finding of the smallest exoplanet known to date. The object, smaller tan Mercury, was detected with Kepler space telescope and Calar Alto contributed with crucial data to confirm the finding. The results from this research are published in the February 20th 2013 issue of the international scientific journal Nature

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The CALIFA survey unveils the evolution of galaxies in space and time

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The CALIFA survey, devoted to the study of galaxies in the near universe, has deduced for the first time the complete history of stellar formation for each one of the different regions of a set of one hundred galaxies. The researchers of this project, whose observations are performed at Calar Alto, have found that massive galaxies grew faster than lighter ones and, also, their inner central regions developed much earlier…

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A “hot Jupiter” challenges planetary formation theories

teaserAn international scientific team has discovered an uncommon exoplanet that displays a too large radius in relation to its mass, what does not follow current theories on planet formation. This object, named WTS-1b, is considered a “hot Jupiter” due to its gaseous composition and its high temperature. Calar Alto has contributed to this finding…

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The massive cluster in front of the Orion Nebula

teaser smallThe Orion nebula is one of the great wonders of the night sky. It is the closest place in our Galaxy where new massive stars are being born. For this reason, it is also an important test bench for star formation models. Recent discoveries are showing an unexpected complexity in this cosmic area, and Calar Alto has played a role in these new findings…

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CALIFA: The local extragalactic universe unveiled

teaser smallThe Calar Alto Legacy Integral Field Area survey (CALIFA survey) announces today its first public release of data, offering an unprecedentedly detailed view of one hundred galaxies in the local universe with ample opportunities for scientific study. Together with the data release, two technical publications authored by members of the CALIFA collaboration have been made publicly available, describing the data and showing some of their scientific applications…

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A new camera to observe the planets

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