UCM group of Extragalactic astrophysics and astronomical instrumentation
Dept. Astrofísica y CC de la Atmósfera   Univ. Complutense de Madrid
Research lines:
Local star-forming galaxies
Galaxy models
Surveys Databases
SHARDS project
Stellar libraries
Early-type galaxies
Meteors and Fireballs
Dark Skies
Instrumental developments:
MEGARA:Multi-Espectrógrafo en GTC de Alta Resolución para Astronomía
EMIR: Espectrógrafo Multiobjeto en el InfraRrojo
FRIDA: inFrared Imager and Dissector for Adaptative optics

LoNNe intercomparison campaign at Observatorio UCM


From the 17th to the 21st of July the UCM Observatory will welcome the intercomparison campaign Lønne network. This meeting is held every year to share techniques for measuring sky brightness. This time is done in the UCM Observatory and the LICA. Where participants can characterize their equipment and compare your measurements with those of other research groups.

No. of participants.: 9 Contact: alejasan@ucm.es

La Complutense lidera el proyecto MEGARA

La Universidad Complutense y la empresa pública Gran Telescopio de Canarias, S.A. (GRANTECAN) firman un contrato para la construcción del instrumento MEGARA, primer espectrógrafo capaz de observar la emisión del gas situado entre las galaxias al captar imágenes directas de la emisión de la red cósmica.



MEGARA got windows !!

The MEGARA instrument got windows!!. Few days ago an small number of beffy glass blanks arrived to INAOE to be polished and to become the gratings for MEGARA.

Blank for MEGARA grating

Dark Skies ISS image challenge

More than 100,000 pictures are lost in the ISS archive—help us to classify them.

Alejandro Sánchez de Miguel (UCM) has launched at "Citizen Science Hack Day Challenges" a citizen project to catalog night time pictures taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The classified and geo-referenced images will be used to Light Pollution studies. More information at Night ISS Wiki Page.

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