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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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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In search for the furthest galaxies

teaserAn international research team is performing a program in search for the furthest galaxies in the universe. But distant objects are also very faint. For this reason, the search relies upon one of the strangest implications of general relativity: the amplification of light coming from remote bodies due to the gravitational effects of closer ones, the gravitational lensing effect. Calar Alto telescopes and instruments are contributing to this research…

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