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

Marc Huertas-Company visits the UCM

Marc Huertas-Company, Faculty at the París 7 University and Paris Meudon Observatory, visited this week our university.

Calibration of SQM-L photometers for the NixNox project

Jaime Zamorano Calvo, GUAIX astronomer and Víctor Manuel Muñoz Marín, student of the International School for Advanced Instrumentation (IScAI) had produced a new report about the Calibration of SQM-L photometers for the NixNox project. These photometers will be used by amateur astronomers around Spain to locate and characterize sites with dark skies well suited to perform astronomical observations.

Spain the most light polluting country in EU

Estadisica de consumo en alumbrado público por habitante.Calles de Madrid Vistas desde la Estación  Espacial Internacional.

The Light Pollution Research Group of the Departamento de Astrofísica y CC. de la Atmósfera de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid stated that Spain has the streets more illuminated in the EU. Therefore Spain is the country with more light pollution as shown by images taken from the space by satellites, and by the data from a report asked by the European Commission, as its has been published by these groups of researchers.

Testing a cryostat of Observatori Astronòmic UV


Some tests to characterize the cryostat of an astronomical camera from Observatori Astronòmic of Universidad de Valencia are being performed at LICA.

More pictures at the image gallery.

Observing with GTC, the largest optical telescope

Anxious astronomers (Pablo Pérez González & Jaime Zamorano) wait for better seeing conditions to observe their targets with GTC, the biggest optical telescope.
These observations are part of the SHARDS ESO/GTC Large Program.
More pictures of this observing run at 2011_02_LaPalmaGTC

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