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Optischer-Frequenz Kamm erlaubt präzisere astronomische Beobachtungen.


Wissenschaftler des Leibniz-Instituts für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP) und des Zentrums für Innovationskompetenz innoFSPEC haben einen neuartigen optischen Frequenz-Kamm an einem astronomischen Instrument getestet. Mithilfe dieser Lichtquelle soll die Eichung von Spektrographen und damit die der wissenschaftlichen Messergebnisse verbessert werden.

On computer names and M dwarf discoverers

logo carmenesWe start a series of short pieces of news related to the imminent arrival to Calar Alto of CARMENES, the new Observatory’s exoplanet hunter. In plain English, it is a “machine to discover planets like our Earth around the most abundant (and, also, the closest, smallest and coolest) stars”.  


Observers find two stars so close together that they will end up by merging into 1 very massive star

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A study of the binary system “MY Camelopardalis” published in the journalAstronomy & Astrophysics, shows that the most massive stars are formed by the merging of other smaller stars, as theoretical models predicted.



An unprecedented view of two hundred galaxies of the local Universe


The second data release of the international project CALIFA - a survey of galaxies carried out at Calar Alto observatory – will take place today.


Performed at Calar Alto, CALIFA reaffirms to Calar Alto as a very competitive worldwide astronomical facility and highly productive.

Calar Alto Observatory on the Night of the Researchers


Calar Alto Observatory took part on the European Night of the Researches with a roundtable and an exposition of anaglyph (3D images) showing the constellations, in collaboration with the Instituto Astrofísico de Andalucía (CSIC) and the Asociación de Amigos de Calar Alto. 



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