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ALHAMBRA-gold data made public: the definitive catalogue to study the evolution of the universe

teaserThe first data sample from the cosmological project ALHAMBRA Survey has just been made public. This is the best available catalogue for the study of the evolution of the cosmos. This first data release, whose publication has been leaded by researchers from the Astrophysical Institute of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC), has been called ALHAMBRA-gold and it contains one hundred thousand galaxies, twenty thousand stars and one thousand possible active galaxy nuclei. The catalogue, developed at Calar Alto Observatory through observations performed with its Zeiss 3.5 m telescope, involves researchers from many other scientific institutions in Spain...

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A comet under crystal-clear skies

A casual photograph of comet PanSTARRS taken with simple equipment displays the crystal-clear quality of the sky at Calar Alto Observatory...

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A triple quasar discovered

teaserA physical system of three quasars has been discovered, the second of this kind. This finding, based on observations performed at Calar Alto and other observatories, provides clues about the merging processes that led to the formation of massive galaxies in the ancient universe…

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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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Asteroid 2012DA14 from Calar Alto

tel22m roundDuring the night of February the 15th 2013, the small celestial body 2012DA14 has its closest approach to Earth. A research team from the Astrophysical Institute of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) studies it from Calar Alto Observatory to characterize its physical properties…

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