We already have winners of the First Calar Alto Competition on Astrophotography and time-lapse.

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concursoMay 5th 2016

We already have the winners of the First Calar Alto Competition on Astrophotography and Time-Lapse. 

The quality of the presented works has been very high, and the final decision was not easy to take. In any case, we want to thank all the participants. and see them back again on the next competition. 

The winner photographies can be seen and downloaded from the competition main page

The winners for all the categories are: 

Planetary Photography

First Prize: Alfredo Vidal Pérez
First Mention: José Cabello
Second Mention: Fernando Cabreizo Palomo
Third Mention: Alfredo Vidal Perez

Deep Sky Photography

First Prize: César Blanco González
First Mention: Juan Ignacio Jiménez Cuesta
Second Mention: Jesús Nieto Palomo
Third mention: Miguel Ángel García Borella


First Prize: Alfredo Madrigal Fariña
First Mention: Antonio Mata


Three asteroids named in honor of former workers of Calar Alto Observatory

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A group of German astronomers found three objects from Calar Alto facilities and wanted to pay tribute to the chefs that worked at the Observatory.

The International Astronomical Union, a body responsible for naming astronomical objects, has accepted the proposal from astronomers Felix Hormuth, Matthias Busch and Alexandra Busch, and has named officially asteroids 2001ME5, 2001MO2 and 2009CL4 as (124143) Joséluiscorral, (213269) Ángelbarbero and (246759) Elviracheca respectively. The three German astronomers have wanted to pay a tribute to the chefs that worked at the Observatory until March 2014.

The asteroids, which their designation is published in the international publication Minor Planet Circular, were found at Calar Alto facilities, and their discoverers proposed the names in order to pay a tribute to the former Calar Alto workers as, following their words, “from the kitchen and the heart of the observatory, they contributed in a very significant way for the scientific work to be achieved in the best conditions”. The researchers highlight the great professionalism of José Luis Corral, Ángel Barbero and Elvira Checa.


Calar Alto und das IAA beginnen mit dem Montage von CARMENES

teaser Das Instrument CARMENESwird von Calar Alto aus nach erdähnlichen Planeten in der Umgebung von anderen Sternen suchen. Die Mitarbeiter der Calar Alto Sternwarte und des Andalusischen Instituts für Astrophysik (IAA) begannen im Sitz des IAA in Granada mit der Montage der ersten Komponenten dieses Instruments…



Calar Alto Observatory on strike

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CA-logo STRIKE lowCalar Alto Observatory is on strike from March the 27th to April the 2nd, 2014. The call for strike was made by Calar Alto workers, to show their disagreement with the severe cut offs in the Observatory's budget decided by the Spanish Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) and the German Max Planck Society (MPG).


I Conference on Astronomical Tourism in Andalusia

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astro mod1 teaserGranada will host, in April 28th-30th, the I Conference on Astronomical Tourism in Andalusia, a meeting that will join agents from the fields of tourism, science and environmental management, and specialists on scientific public outreach and entrepreneurs as well...



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