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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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The Ring Nebula
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The diversity of colours, shapes, and sizes of planetary nebulae make them fascinating objects. In this photo release Calar Alto presents a rather unique view combining both optical and near-infrared data of the Ring Nebula (M57)...

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Calar Alto Academy 2009
CAHA Academy 2009

This year’s edition of Calar Alto Academy represents the consolidation of this innovative effort to bring astronomy students to Calar Alto to perform practical observational work. The number of participants this year has been of 61, from a total of 6 Spanish universities. More universities and students may be added in future editions...

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Catch a Star 2008
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As in the recent past, one of the winner teams of the international contest Catch a Star visits Calar Alto Observatory. Marta Kotarba, with her teacher Grzegorz Sęk, from Poland, shared with us three nights during which they were able to get close to Calar Alto facilities and the daily work at a modern astronomical observatory...

 

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The Owl Nebula
teaserStars similar to the Sun end their lives as white dwarfs. But, before becoming those dense stellar corpses, they expel their outer gaseous layers and they ornate the sky for some thousands of years with the most beautiful objects in the universe: planetary nebulae. M97, better known as Owl Nebula, belongs to this category. We present one of the best images ever obtained of this celestial wonder...

 

 

 

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