Two Earths in “habitable” orbits around a nearby star

An international team of astrophysicists with the participation of three researchers from Centro de Astrobiología (CAB), CSIC-INTA, announces the discovery of two possibly rocky planets in the habitable zone of the star GJ 1002, a red dwarf located barely 16 light-years away from the solar system. Rocky planets like the Earth are the norm, rather […]

WEAVE First Light: a new window into the Universe

WEAVE First Light The Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (ING) and the WEAVE instrument team present first-light observations with the WEAVE spectrograph. WEAVE is a powerful, next-generation multi-fibre spectrograph on the William Herschel Telescope (WHT) at the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos (La Palma, Canary Islands) now being commissioned on-sky and already generating high-quality […]

Experiments in preparation for the defense against future Earth-threatening asteroids

A recent study led by the Centro de Astrobiología (CAB), CSIC-INTA, forms a vital part in the preparations for the NASA’s mission DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test), that will impact the asteroid Dimorphos on the 27th of September. This mission aims to test the concept of a kinetic impactor to deflect an eventual future Earth-threatening […]

The best studied terrestrial planet outside the Solar System

An international scientific team led by astronomers from the Centro de Astrobiología (CAB), CSIC-INTA, has measured the mass and radius of an Earth-like exoplanet with unprecedented accuracy, allowing them to make robust predictions on the structure and composition of its interior and atmosphere. The detailed analysis is announced today by the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. […]

Escape from Bermuda: The ejection of its massive stars leaves a stellar cluster orphan

A recent study ed by the Centro de Astrobiología (CAB, CSIC-INTA) has discovered that a young stellar cluster has expelled most of its recently formed massive stars. The stellar ejections took place in three close encounters between several of them that happened 1.9, 1.6 y 1,5 million years (Ma) ago, respectively. If this phenomenon is […]

The dramatic final dance of the stars with a common envelope

Centro de Astrobiología (CAB, CSIC-INTA) participates in the study of fifteen peculiar stars which turned out to be double stars that, after sharing an envelope, lost most of their mass. Unlike the Sun, most stars form binary systems, in which two stars revolve around a common center. Sometimes the distance between the two is so […]

20th SVO school- Virtual Observatory Tools

The Spanish Virtual Observatory (SVO [1]) is an initiative whose main goal is to promote, coordinate and develop the activities related to the Virtual Observatory (VO) in Spain. In this context, one of the main tasks of the SVO has been the organization of schools and workshops aiming at disseminating the possibilities that the Virtual […]

Dwarfs and the first galaxies: diesel or jerky?

Astronomers from the Centro de Astrobiología (CAB, CSIC-INTA), in collaboration with researchers from the UK, Mexico and Chile, are searching for clues about the origins of the first stars and structures formed in the Universe. For that purpose, they are using data from the most ambitious project carried out with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) […]

New exhibition “AstrónomAs” opens its doors

The exhibition ‘AstrónomAs’ focuses on the contribution of women who have worked and continue to work in this scientific discipline. The digital version includes information on 270 female astronomers and their areas of research, along with other downloadable educational materials, interactive games, podcasts and videos. The exhibition is complemented by a smaller traveling version in […]

Víctor Rivilla and Eduardo Cueto win the award for best virtual poster 2021 from EANA

Centro de Astrobiología researchers Víctor Rivilla (Interstellar and Circumstellar Medium Group) and Eduardo Cueto (Prebiotic Chemistry Group) have won the 2021 Poster Award of the European Astrobiology Network Association (EANA) with two posters presenting two articles which also involve other CAB researchers. The award was presented to the authors on Friday 10 September, by André […]

Marina Fernández Ruz, a CAB student, wins third prize at “Space Factor Student Contest 2021”

Marina Fernández Ruz, a CAB student, wins the third prize for the best scientific video in the “Space Factor Student Contest”, organised by the European Astrobiology Network association (EANA), with an 8-minute video in which she presents her work in an informative and entertaining way (more info at Title: Interstellar phosphorus chemistry as a […]

CAB scientists put star formation mechanisms to the test


An international scientific team led by Centro de Astrobiología (CAB, CSIC-INTA) has used the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) VLTI interferometer to observe the innermost parts of a sample of protoplanetary discs and test current models of star formation. Young stars are surrounded by disc-shaped structures whose material, gas and dust, “feeds” the central star, leading […]

CAB receives the EANA 20th Anniversary Outstanding Paper Award in Astrobiology

A multidisciplinary team from Centro de Astrobiología has won the European Astrobiology Network Association (EANA) award to the most outstanding research paper published during 2020. The award will be presented to the authors today, Friday 10 September, by André Brack, chairman of the jury and first President of EANA, and the current President of EANA, […]

CAB – “María de Maeztu” fosters transdisciplinary projects led by young researchers

The María de Maeztu Academy of the Centro de Astrobiología closed the 2020-2021 academic year on June 15 with the final of the first edition of the transdisciplinary challenges. The winning team was that of the Biomarkers objective, formed by the CAB and INTA researchers: Jorge Lillo-Box, Patricia Cruz, David Ruano Gallego, Mercedes Moreno-Paz, Alberto […]