Infrared ‘eye’ arrival completes CARMENES instrument, which will see its first light in November

CARMENES infrared channel, developed at Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía.

“In some months, CARMENES and Calar Alto will be a referent in the search for exoearths”, Pedro J. Amado, researcher from the Instituto de Astronfísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC) which co-leads CARMENES project, points. Tomorrow, in a similar maneuver as the one that took place in July with the visible channel, the huge tank which holds the CARMENES “eye” that will see in the infrared, will be lifted up more than thirty meters, held by a crane, to enter within the dome aperture up to its location next to the Calar Alto Observatory (CAHA) 3.5m telescope.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015