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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

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.

Observatorio Cherenkov de rayos gamma HAWC

El Dr. Alberto Carramiñana, director del INAOE, ha impartido una charla sobre el HAWC que es un observatorio Cherenkov de rayos gamma que se está terminando de construir en México por parte de un consorcio internacional.

Más fotos de la charla.

Comet Lovejoy's Tail with SUBARU telescope by Alex Bouquin et al

A team of astronomers from Stony Brook University (the State University of New York at Stony Brook), the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) and others used Suprime-Cam, Subaru Telescope's wide-field, prime-focus camera, to capture an image of the intricate flow of Comet Lovejoy's (C/2013 R1) ion tail.

Image of comet Lovejoy's tail using SUBARU

New LICA facilities

The last week of october,the LICA laboratory started activities in the new headquarters. The new room has been kindly provided by the Departamento de Astrofísica y CC de la Atmósfera of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. A new large Newport 2m x 3m (6.5' x 10') optical table arrived to the new facilities. This is the optical bench where the MEGARA spectrograph will be assembled and tested.

Newport 2mx3m optical table

Rainbow database via Google Maps

Rainbow Sky Maps in GOODS-S (CANDELS flavor)The Rainbow Cosmological Surveys database, operated by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), partnered with the University of California Observatories at Santa Cruz (UCO/Lick,UCSC), is now using Google Maps to navigate through the Universe. The new Rainbow Sky Maps offer the possibility to see the deepest images of the Universe, and access all the information about the most distant galaxies known.

The Rainbow database is a compilation of astronomical data obtained by the largest extragalactic surveys, such as GOODS, CANDELS or SHARDS, using some of the most powerful telescopes, such as Hubble, Spitzer, Herschel and GTC.

Check the new Rainbow feature in the CANDELS GOODS-S region

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