Fireball patrol from UCM observatory
The Fireball and Meteor group of Universidad Complutense de Madrid (FM-UCM) belongs to the SPanish Meteor and Fireball Network (SPMN.
During the last years we have been developing at Universidad Complutense de Madrid devices for sky patrol which include wide field cameras with wide angle lenses or fish-eye and cheap CCD detectors or even modified webcams. Now we use high sensitivity CCD video cameras. These cameras are so sensitive that can be used to detect meteors.
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.
We are glad to announce that the next AEGIS Meeting will be hosted by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid GUAIX group and held in Toledo (Spain) in December 9-11 2009. We have put together a webpage where you can register and get information about the venue, how to get to Toledo, and how to make your hotel reservations: AEGIS meeting web page
Esther Mármol-Queraltó, GUAIX member, has attended to the XXVII General Assembly of the IAU, held in in Rio de Janeiro (Brasil) from August 3 to August 14. Esther presented a contributed talk in the Symposium 262: Stellar Populations-Planning for the Next Decade, entitled "Stellar population study in early-type galaxies: an approach from the K band", where she discussed the differences found in the near infrared measurements depending on the environment of the early-type galaxies. You can find the presentantion at http://www.bruzual.org/S262_online/Contributed/.
These results are part of her PhD work (available at http://www.ucm.es/info/Astrof/users/emq/tesis_emq.pdf -only in spanish, sorry!).
During the last 29 June - 3 July 2009, GUAIX member Jesús Gallego attended to the VIIth International Marseille Cosmology Conference "HARVESTING THE DESERT: THE UNIVERSE BETWEEN REDSHIFT 1 AND 3" where he had the opportunity of meeting his IAC collabortors and most of the teams that work on galaxy evolution.