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
From 20th to 23rd of October 2009, the III Consolider-GTC meeting was held in the thousand-year-old city of Cádiz. Nearly 100 project members assisted the encounter in the Hotel Atlántico - Parador de Cádiz. The meeting, funded by the CONSOLIDER INGENIO-2010 program of the MICINN, allowed the project members to expose and discuss the proposals and projects related to the scientific exploitation of the Spanish 10m telescope GTC, as well as to enable collaborations between different research groups inside the project. More information here.
II Workshop ASTRID: Scientific and technological challenges in the development of astronomical instrumentation: E-ELT and ALMA
From september 23rd to 25th, UCM hosted the II Astronomical instrumentation Workshop organized by ASTRID and The Astronomy Infraestructures Network (RIA). The goal of this workshop was to gather the scientific teams and the industries of the sector to expose their needs and projects, and share experiences. The workshop was aimed as well at serving as an echo to convince financing agencies and the astronomical community in general of the need to promote with decision the development of astrophysical instrumentation and the tools for the analysis of related data. The formation and acknowledgement of instrumentation astronomers will be a key factor for Spain to meet the requirements of its position in Astronomy in the next decades. See the ASTRID projet web page at http://www.astrid-cm.org/ for more details. For a summary visit the weblog "cuaderno de bitácora estelar" at http://weblogs.madrimasd.org/astrofisica/archive/2009/09/25/125429.aspx