Extragalactic astronomy

After about 8 years of development, the near-infrared wide-field camera PANIC entered operations during the full moon night November 6/7 2014 at the Calar Alto 2.2m telescope.

Date: Friday, December 5, 2014
PLATO2.0 (Planetary Transits and Oscillations of stars)

PLATO2.0 (Planetary Transits and Oscillations of stars)

Mission: PLATO2.0 - M3 in Cosmic Vision Programme (ESA)
Target: Exoplanetary systems

The main objective is the discovery and characterisation of exoplanetary systems  like the solar system. More specifically, PLATO2.0 aims at detecting terrestrial exoplanets in the habitable zone of solar-type stars through the characterization of their bulk properties.

Status: Advanced B2 (April 2016)
Launch date: 01/2026

Instrumentación OSN

Observatory: Sierra Nevada Observatory

The Sierra Nevada Observatory (OSN) is located in Loma de Dilar, in The ski resort of The Sierra Nevada (Granada, Andalucía). It is operated, mainteined and supplied by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC). There are two telescopes of 1.5m and 0.90m apertures.

Status: Under maintenance and improvement.
Launch date: 12/1981