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A New Look into the Whirlpool (image release)
M51
The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) is a classic, a real must that now gets into Calar Alto Documentary Photo Gallery with this impressive photo obtained with the Zeiss 1.23 m reflector. The image displays all the features that make this galaxy an exceptional object to illustrate the nature of spiral galaxies, the processes of star formation and the dynamics of interacting stellar systems…
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The CALIFA project starts up

CALIFA

The largest Calar Alto telescope, equipped with one of its most outstanding instruments, will devote a significant part of its observing time during the next three years to an innovative and very promising study on the structure, motions and histories of galaxies in the local universe: the CALIFA survey. This project, recently approved, will celebrate its kick-off meeting in Almería in June 2010...

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David Barrado appointed as new Director of the German-Spanish Astronomical Centre

dbarrado_smallThe Spanish astronomer David Barrado was appointed as Director of the German-Spanish Astronomical Centre (CAHA, usually known as Calar Alto Observatory) in March the 20th 2010.

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The best proto-brown dwarf candidate so far
teaser

Brown dwarfs are sometimes called "failed stars". They are born from interstellar clouds although it is not clear if in a fashion similar to the formation of stars or planets. Brown dwarfs lack the required minimum mass to be able to sustain nuclear reactions in their interiors so they are also known as failed stars and have some properties resembling those of giant planets. Discovering proto-brown dwarfs, i.e., very young brown dwarfs, is key to understanding how nature produces them. A recent study has found the best proto-brown dwarf candidate known to date. Calar Alto has contributed key data to this finding…

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Photometry course for amateurs at Calar Alto
21.20 mag/sqrarcsecFrom the 16th to the 18th of October 2009, a course on astronomical photometry for amateur astronomers was given at Calar Alto Observatory. Using the professional facilities of the Observatory, this absolutely new initiative was conducted by Calar Alto specialists with the aim of training amateur astronomers in the basics of astronomical absolute photometry, applied to the standard measurement of the brightness of the night sky. The final goal is to constitute a wide group of people capable of contributing to international campaigns of evaluation and reduction of light pollution in Spain and Europe…
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