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Astronomical Events and news releases


Open doors 11-12 oktober 2014

published on 15 September 2014

The BISA, the RMI and the ROB will open their doors to public on saturday 10 and Sunday 11 October 2014.

More information here and the preliminary programme at ROB is here (N/F).

Strong solar flare

published on 12 September 2014

Strong solar flare on 10 September. The consequences for Belgium are limited for the time being. Updates can be found here.

Go for the scientific mission of ESA satellite Gaia

published on 29 July 2014

Gaia is now ready to begin its five-year science phase.

Read all about it on the ESA webpages.

Football and seismology

published on 17 July 2014

During the match Belgium-USA the seismometers measured the vibrations.

The satellite Gaia observed asteroids

published on 03 July 2014

The satellite Gaia observed asteroids: (54) Alexandra, (4997) Ksana and others.

Gaia asteroid observations will be processed using the software pipeline designed and implemented by Coordination Unit 4 (CU4) of the DPAC, running at the CNES processing centre (Toulouse, France).

Dr. Thierry Pauwels of the ROB is a member of CU4.

Information can be found on the web pages of ESA.

Water-building molecule in planetary nebulae

published on 17 June 2014

Using ESA’s Herschel space observatory, astronomers, including Peter van Hoof, Griet Van de Steene and Martin Groenewegen, have discovered that the molecule OH+, vital for creating water exists in planetary nebulae, the burning embers of dying Sun-like stars.

Their results are the subject of an ESA press release.

Strong solar flares

published on 11 June 2014

Two strong solar flares appeared on 10 June. The consequences for Belgium are limited for the time being.

More information can be found here.

Spectra observed by the Gaia satellite

published on 05 June 2014

The ESA website shows the first spectra as observed by the Gaia satellite.

Astronomers of the ROB are involved in the reduction and calibration of these spectra.

EGU Press Conference on “Fingerprints of life: from the early Earth to outer space”

published on 28 April 2014

IAP Planet TOPERS members Lena Noack (Royal Observatory of Belgium) and Emmanuelle Javaux (University of Liège) together with a colleague from the USA (Timothy Lyons, Univ. Riverside, CA) will give a press conference at the General Assembly of the EGU (European Geophysical Union) in Vienna on May 1st at 11:00. The title will be “Fingerprints of life: from the early Earth to outer space”.

More can be found on the website of the IUAP Planet TOPERS, and the event can be followed on the website of the EGU Assembly.

VLT Spots Largest Yellow Hypergiant Star

published on 12 March 2014

ESO’s Very Large Telescope Interferometer has revealed the largest yellow star — and one of the ten largest stars found so far. This hypergiant has been found to measure more than 1300 times the diameter of the Sun, and to be part of a double star system, with the second component so close that it is in contact with the main star. Observations spanning over sixty years, some from amateur observers, also indicate that this rare and remarkable object is changing very rapidly and has been caught during a very brief phase of its life.

Dr. Alex Lobel of the ROB is one of the tem members in this project.

More info on the ESO web page.

In the spotlight: Planet Topers

published on 27 March 2014

Planets: Tracing the Transfer, Origin, Preservation, and Evolution of their ReservoirS

is an Inter-university attraction pole (IUAP) addressing the question of habitability in our Solar System.

Have a look at the website: hiuap-planet-topers.oma.be

Inter-university attraction poles are financed by the Federal Science Policy (BELSPO).

Saturday, January 18, 2014, A bright fireball above the Netherlands and Belgium

published on 19 January 2014


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