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Calar Alto Sky: still Dark, still Quiet
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The quality of the night sky at Calar Alto Observatory has been extensively analysed using many different observational techniques and with data gathered between 2004 and 2007. The conclusions indicate that Calar Alto is a dark site with a considerable fraction of useful nights for astronomical observation. The sharpness of the images (what astronomers call “the seeing”) and the overall properties of the night sky at Calar Alto place this observatory among the best sites for astronomical observations...

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Andalusia protects its skies

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The autonomous community Andalusia joins the territories that acknowledge light pollution as an environmental problem, and has made its first legal steps towards the protection of night sky. A new law, just promulgated, pursues the defense of the quality of the night sky at astronomical observatories in Andalusia and, also, the reduction of light pollution in a general sense all over the autonomous community...

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Calar Alto Academy
Calar Alto Academy

A new educational initiative, «Calar Alto Academy», has taken its first steps during the spring semester of 2007. More than 40 astronomy students from different Spanish universities have had the chance to perform professional observational work at Calar Alto Observatory, including a real observing experience at the telescope and an introduction to astronomical data reduction...

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Deep Impact space mission from Calar Alto
teaserDuring the 4th of July 2005, NASA's Deep Impact mission hit a comet with a massive projectile while another spacecraft observed the resulting collision from a distance. Fourteen hours after the event, the comet was observed from Calar Alto ...
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The Andalusian President visits Calar Alto

 M. Chaves at Calar Alto

The President of the autonomous community of Andalusia, Mr. Manuel Chaves González, visited on April 20th the Calar Alto Observatory. In this clear and rather cold morning, the President has had the opportunity to get acquainted with the Observatory and its staff...

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