The new Moon at March 13rd and 14th provided excellent quality nights at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory. These days Pablo G. Pérez (SHARDS PI) and J. Gallego were visitors at the 10.4m GTC telescope. During this observing run, GUAIX members obtained superb deep images using the first of the medium band filters corresponding to the ESO/GTC SHARDS project.
A HST/WFC3 Multi-cycle Treasury Program, led by Sandy Faber, has been awarded to the AEGIS collaboration. We will now be able to add a chunk of high-resolution, supremely sensitive J and H band imaging and ACS parallels to the fantastic existing sets of data in our favorite regions of sky, including the EGS. In Groth, this will amount to a contiguous region of 3x15 WFC3 tiles or about 200 sq arcmins.
More info can be found at the HST Multi-cycle Treasury Program web page
Guillermo Barro and Pablo G. Pérez-González have travelled to the Observatory of the Institut de Radio Astronomie Millimetrique (IRAM) in Pico Veleta (Granada, Spain) to carry out observations of distant star-forming galaxies at radio wavelengths (1.2 mm) using the MAMBO2 instrument on the 30 meter telescope.
Although it is possible to observe astronomical objects during the day at radio wavelengths, Guillermo and Pablo are only using the telescope at night because the observatory staff is installing a new instrument (EMIR) at daytime.
Given that Pico Veleta is completely covered by snow at this time of the year, the UCM astronomers had to travel to the mountain (3000 m high) with an special snow transport. They will stay there for an entire week and then return home to analyze the data and learn about the formation of galaxies in the young Universe.