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A new class of dim supernovae
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The colossal stellar explosions called supernovae come in many kinds and flavours. Some of them are produced when a massive star reaches the end of its life in a sudden gravitational collapse. Astronomers have just found one of these explosions that defies the current classification scheme. The results of this research have been published in Nature, and Calar Alto has contributed to this discovery…

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CAHA Legacy Survey: Call for Proposals

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Calar Alto Legacy Survey: Call for Proposals

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Calar Alto Mirrors in Space

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The space telescope Herschel is the largest space-borne observatory to date, carrying the biggest astronomical mirror ever launched into orbit. Calar Alto Observatory has participated in a way in this challenging project of the European Space Agency as the company that built the telescope, EADS Astrium (Toulouse, France), relied on Calar Alto facilities and staff to perform the critical operation of applying the reflective aluminum coating to the mirror…

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Calar Alto in "100 Hours of Astronomy" global event

aw80t-banner"100 Hours of Astronomy" is one of the cornerstone projects promoted for the International Year of Astronomy 2009, a worldwide event consisting of an impressive range of public outreach activities offered at live science centres, research institutions, amateur associations and many other places, including open air activities. Calar Alto is taking part in the 24-hour live webcast "Around the World in 80 Telescopes". First-line world observatories will participate in this continuous broadcast the 3rd and 4th of April. Calar Alto time slot is assigned at 22:00 UT the 3rd of April (00:00 Central European Summer Time the 4th of April)...

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Call for ideas for an IFU Legacy Survey at Calar Alto

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Calar Alto observatory is looking for ideas for a legacy survey with the PMAS/PPAK Integral Field Unit, currently the widest field-of-view (74"x64") IFU in the world...

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