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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

teaser An astronomical camera jointly designed by the Planetary Sciences Group of the Higher Technical School of Engineering of Bilbao and the company IDOM has taken its first images of planets Jupiter and Saturn from Calar Alto Observatory

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The Bright Fireball of July 2012 Observed from Calar Alto

teaser smallIn the early morning of July the 13th 2012, a cometary fragment impacted the Earth over the Iberian Peninsula and caused one of the most dramatic fireballs of the last decades. Even though the phenomenon occurred over the centre of the Peninsula, it was observed from many places of the Iberian geography, Calar Alto among them…

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Noctilucent clouds from Calar Alto

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The world record for the southernmost observation of noctilucent clouds in the northern hemisphere has been broken in June 2012 from Calar Alto Observatory. A German team, led by the Leibniz Institute for Atmospheric Physics, has been conducting an experiment in search for this elusive kind of extremely high clouds. Noctilucent clouds are tracers of the conditions in the atmospheric layers that mark the boundary with outer space. The apparition of such clouds at these middle latitudes is an indication of the development of extreme and unusual conditions in that region of the atmosphere…

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