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A universal comb

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Optical frequency comb allows more accurate astronomical observations.

 

Scientists from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics in Potsdam (AIP) and the Centre for innovation competence innoFSPEC have tested a novel optical frequency comb at an astronomical instrument. This new light source shall improve the calibration of spectrographs and hence their scientific measurements.

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On computer names and M dwarf discoverers

logo carmenesWe start a series of short pieces of news related to the imminent arrival to Calar Alto of CARMENES, the new Observatory’s exoplanet hunter. In plain English, it is a “machine to discover planets like our Earth around the most abundant (and, also, the closest, smallest and coolest) stars”.  

 

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Observers find two stars so close together that they will end up by merging into 1 very massive star

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A study of the binary system “MY Camelopardalis” published in the journalAstronomy & Astrophysics, shows that the most massive stars are formed by the merging of other smaller stars, as theoretical models predicted.


 

 

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An unprecedented view of two hundred galaxies of the local Universe

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The second data release of the international project CALIFA - a survey of galaxies carried out at Calar Alto observatory – will take place today.

 

Performed at Calar Alto, CALIFA reaffirms to Calar Alto as a very competitive worldwide astronomical facility and highly productive.

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Calar Alto Observatory on the Night of the Researchers

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Calar Alto Observatory took part on the European Night of the Researches with a roundtable and an exposition of anaglyph (3D images) showing the constellations, in collaboration with the Instituto Astrofísico de Andalucía (CSIC) and the Asociación de Amigos de Calar Alto. 


  

 

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