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This network currently provides access to 16 different telescope facilities distributed all over the world, with telescopes up to 2 meters in diameter, 14 of which are either robotic or provide service observations, and continue to operate despite COVID-19. Proposals are invited on any topic broadly related to Solar System or exoplanet observations. Short proposals (max 3 pages) and can be submitted at any time; decisions on funding are made on a bi-monthly basis.

Further details on the call and on how to apply can be found at the call website [
https://bit.ly/2Br5LDt]; our telescope table [https://bit.ly/31zYpa1] holds a broad range of information and contact data on all the facilities in the network. To apply, please contact the relevant facilities first, agree on observing time, and then submit your funding proposal. If you have further questions on the call or if you are interested in organizing a coordinated observations campaign that would like to make use of the Europlanet Telescope Network, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Proposals are also invited for support to host workshops on any topic related to observational planetary science. Europlanet is particularly keen to support meetings bringing together professional and amateur astronomers, and/or on observations supporting space missions, but all relevant topics will be considered. Contact
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Europlanet 2024 Research Infrastructure (RI)

Europlanet 2024 Research Infrastructure (RI) provides free access to the world's largest collection of planetary analysis and simulation facilities, data tools and services, an Earth observation network, and a program of community support activities.

The project is funded through the Horizon 2020 program of the European Commission and has a duration of four years from February 2020 to January 2024. The Europlanet 2024 RI consortium is led by the University of Kent, United Kingdom, and has 53 beneficiary institutions in 21 countries in and around Europe. in the world, with 44 more affiliated partners. The project draws on the resources of the Europlanet Society to disseminate activities and results and develop a more diverse user community.

Europlanet 2024 RI offers:

  • Transnational access to 24 laboratories in Europe and five field sites.
  • Virtual access to services and tools.
  • Networking activities to support the community and provide rapid response observations to support planetary missions.

 

 

 
     
VESPA is a Virtual Observatory (VO) for Solar System sciences by adapting standard VO techniques and developing new tools and standards specifically designed for planetary science data.   PVOL stands for Planetary Virtual Observatory and Laboratory and is a searchable database of terrestrial observations of planets in the solar system. The images are available by amateur astronomers and are used for research purposes by various professional and amateur teams and for the popularization of astronomy.

 


 


Earth-based observations play an important role in the study of planets, asteroids, and comets. Many planetary science targets are relatively close and bright compared to other astronomical targets, but the scientific result of their observation requires long-term monitoring, (for example, atmospheric activity of planets in the solar system), or synchronization. very precise, (for example, asteroids and comets). This combination of characteristics produces a unique set of challenges, as it matters so much where on Earth it is observed and precisely when. However, relatively small telescopes can produce world-class science.

Europlanet 2024 RI organizes the cooperation of a network of small telescopes to facilitate and coordinate observation campaigns related to different planetary science topics. It will alert the appropriate facilities of opportunities and ensure that adequately trained observers are available.

The main objectives of this campaign are:

  • Coordinate a network of small telescope installations (telescope diameters around 0.6-1.7 m) to react quickly and effectively to observation alerts.
  • Coordinate long-term professional and amateur observation campaigns and time-limited observations of objects in the Solar System, expanding the participation of amateur astronomers in planetary science.
  • Train and support amateur astronomers and integrate them into the planetary scientific community.
  • Ensure observational data from small telescope facilities is available through VESPA.
  • Integrate the network into the activities of Europlanet 2024 RI, the Europlanet Society and the broader community of planetary sciences in Europe and beyond.

The 'Access to Telescopes' program is linked to the Astronomy of the Solar System (excluding solar physics) plus exoplanets and contemplates the participation of groups that typically cannot access these telescopes, such as amateur astronomers and doctoral students, without undermining more experienced users. The application system will be anonymous, (the evaluators will not know who is requesting the time, only their proposal), and it will be done by the simplified method, thus facilitating the participation of amateurs.

-- Application form.   The deadline for submitting applications is from June 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023. More information on the evaluation and proposal selection processes, here.

Europlanet will not participate in the process of selecting proposals or obtaining observation time, but it will provide funds to be able to attend the observations, as well as to pay the costs associated with the observation time. If not all applications can be supported, those that have connections with the professional community and / or represent new collaborations between amateur groups will be promoted.

From the Iberian Node of Europlanet, (Spain and Portugal), we want to promote the participation of the Iberian community. If you need help to guide ideas or facilitate collaborations, you can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., from the Iberian Node, or also This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. from the Executive Board, or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Among the telescopes available, (more than twenty to which others will be added), are the 1.2 m from Calar Alto, the IAC80, the Las Cumbres Observatory telescopes, including its 2.0 m, the Danish 1.54 m from La Silla (Chile), and many others from Central and Eastern Europe.



The Planetary Sciences and Solar System Exploration community is made up of leading professionals in the areas of science, engineering and communication. The common goal is to improve knowledge about the solar system, develop new space exploration missions, and enhance visibility among society for greater relevance and scientific sensitivity.

This interdisciplinary community encompasses not only research on planets, moons, rings, asteroids, comets and other features of our solar system, but also other broader aspects such as astrobiology, the search for new exo-planets or the formation and dynamics of systems. planetariums.

In the technological and engineering area, our community includes several first-rate international instrumentation laboratories and representatives of the Spanish aerospace industry with a presence in practically all the missions of the European (ESA) and American (NASA) space agencies, both in the development of instrumentation and flight components as in the area of ​​ground segment, data processing and operations.

We want to highlight the collaboration of communication professionals and scientific dissemination as main elements of the community to ensure the visibility of planetary sciences in all areas of society, from presence in the media to inclusion in programs education at all levels to improve knowledge of planetary sciences and social and institutional sensitivity.

An important role in this task corresponds to the amateur community, both for their decisive work in the dissemination of planetary sciences through the organization of local events and direct contact with the public, as well as for their capacities for collaboration in Pro-Am projects.


Disclaimer - Request for collaboration - The purpose of this section is to offer a list, as complete as possible, of the groups, collectives and institutions that, from any of the fields listed above, participate in the development of planetary sciences in Spain and Portugal. We warn that the inventory presented below may be incomplete and that to achieve the objective outlined here it is important to have the help of all those who consider it justified to be represented on this website, which is why we request your collaboration by reporting the relevant information to such an end. For this purpose, we provide a form model to be completed so that the information and published content are consistent and homogeneous.


 

 


Location / Institution  Group / Contact   Description / Resources / Missions ...

 
 
Alicante        

 

 

Ciencias Planetarias

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Internal structure and impact processes in asteroids

Missions: Hera-Dart

Others projects: CFEPS, NEO-MAPP

Barcelona        

 

Meteoritos, asteroides, cometas y ciencias planetarias

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Meteorites, Asteroids, Comets and Planetary Sciences

Infrastructure: Laboratory

Missions: Hera-Dart, Stardust, Hayabusa

Others projects: Red de Bólidos SPMN-FRIPON

         
 

Instituto de Técnicas Energéticas

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Meteorite Sample Analysis Laboratory

Infrastructure: Laboratory

         
 

Micro y Nanotecnologías

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Instrumentation development

Infrastructure: Instrumentation

Missions: MSL/REMS, Insight-TWINS, Mars2020/MEDA, LISA

Others projects: Europlanet, MiniPINS (ESA)

 

Bilbao        

 

Grupo de Ciencias Planetarias

Agustín Sánchez Lavega

 

Atmospheres of planets and exoplanets

Missions: Mars Express/VMC, Venus Express/VMC/VIRTIS, JUICE/JANUS/MAJIS, JUNO, Cassini-Huyges, Mars2020/MEDA/SuperCam e Insight

Observatories-Instruments: PlanetCam, PlanetCam-NIR

Others projects: Europlanet, Aula Espazio Gela

 

 

 

Departamento de Química Analítica

Juan Manuel Madariaga

 

Meteorites and materials / instruments for space missions

Infrastructure: Laboratory

Missions: ExoMars/RLS, Mars2020/SuperCam

 

Coimbra        

 

 

Celestial Mechanics

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Solar System Dynamics, Exoplanets, dynamical Systems, Planetary Physics, Tidal effects

 

 

 

Solar System minor bodies, planetary geology

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Planetary geology of minor bodies of Solar System: Kuiper Belt, TNO, comets, NEOS, etc

Granada        

 

Atmósferas Planetarias Terrestres

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Atmospheres of Earth, Mars, Venus, Titan and exoplanets

Missions: TGO/NOMAD, TMED/SABER, Envisat/MIPAS

Observatories-Instruments: SATI, MIMA

Others projects: Europlanet, UPWARDS

 

 

Cuerpos Menores del Sistema Solar

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Asteroids, comets, trans-Neptunian objects, ...

Missions: Rosetta/OSIRIS/GIADA, Comet Interceptor

Observatories-Instruments: ESBO

Others projects: NEOS

 

 

Física Solar

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Heliophysics and solar magnetosphere

Missions: Solar Orbiter/PHI

Observatories-Instruments: EST, SUNRISE/IMaX+

 

 

Plasmas en Atmósferas Planetarias

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Lightning and transient electric discharges in the atmosphere and in the laboratory

Infrastructure: Laboratory

Missions: ISS/ASIM, ISS/TARANIS

Observatories-Instruments: GRASSP, GALIUS, ORISON

 

 

Planetas

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Giant planets, Titan, Mercury, comets

Infrastructure: Instrumentation

Missions: Bepi/BELA, JUICE/GALA/JANUS, Comet Interceptor/CoCa/MANIAC/EnVisS/OPIC, EnVision/VenSpec

 

 

Laboratorio de Polvo Cósmico

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Mineral dust and aerosols in atmospheres and comets

Infrastructure: Laboratory

Missions: Comet Interceptor/EnVisS

 

 

Unidad de Desarrollo Instrumental y Tecnológico

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Instrumentation, electronics, mechanics, optics, software, ...

Infrastructure: Instrumentation

Missions: TGO/NOMAD, Solar Orbiter/PHI

Observatories-Instruments: CARMENES, GRASSP, MEGARA, PANIC, Sunrise/IMAX

 

 

Meteoroides, Meteoritos y Cuerpos Menores

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Meteoroids, meteorites, and minor bodies

Missions: Lumio

Others projects: SMART, MIDAS, P3NEO-I

Lisboa        

 

 

Astrobiology

Zita Martins

 

Astrobiology, Cosmochemistry, organic matter in meteorites, comets and asteroids 

Infrastucture: Laboratory

Missions: Hayabusa.2

 

Madrid        

 

Biología Molecular

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Microbiology and Astrobiology

Missions: Mars Express

 

 

Geodinámica Planetaria

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Thermal and tectonic surface structure of planets and moons

Missions: Insight, Envision

Others projects: UPWARDS, AMARTE

 

 

Astronomía y Geodesia

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Optimization of orbits of space missions

Missions: MetNET-Meiga

 

 

Cálculo Fraccionario y Atmósfera de Marte

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Modeling and simulation of fractional calculation and atmosphere of Mars

Missions: MetNET-Meiga, Mars Express/Marsis, ...

 

Arquitectura de Sistemas Distribuidos

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Data computing systems

Missions: Mars Express/MARSIS/SPICAM, ExoMars TGO, ExoMars 2022

Others projects: INTIME

 

 

Geofísica Planetaria

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Martian surface, atmosphere and ionosphere

Missions: Mars Express/MARSIS/HRSC, ...

 

 

 

Estrellas frías y exoplanetas

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Characterization of cold stars and exoplanets, spectroscopy

Missions: Kepler, K2, TESS, Gaia

Observatories-Instruments: CARMENES

 

Instituto de Geociencias

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Meteorite Research, Planetary Geosciences, Astrobiology

Missions: ExoMars, Mars2020, MSL

 

 

Joint Center for Ultraviolet Astronomy (JCUVA)

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Ultraviolet study of planets and exoplanets

Infrastructure: Instrumentation

Missions: WSO-UV Space Telescope

 

 

 

Área de Geología

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Planetary geology and astrobiology on terrestrial planets

 

 

 

 

Instituto Universitario de Microgravedad

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Development of space technology and instrumentation

Infrastructure: Instrumentation

Missions: ExoMars TGO/NOMAD, Rosetta/OSIRIS; Solar Orbiter/PHI, EPD; ARIEL

Observatories-Instruments: SUNRISE/IMAX+

Others projects: UPMSat-2

 

 

Instrumentación Espacial

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Space Instrumentation

Infrastructure: Instrumentation

Missions: MSL, ExoMars, Insight, Mars2020

Others projects: EuroPlanet, MiniPINS (ESA)

 

 

Geología Planetaria y Atmósferas

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Planetary habitability. Mineralogy, geochemistry and geodynamics

Infrastructure: Laboratory

Missions: ExoMars/RLS, Mars2020/MEDA, JUICE, MMX/RAX, DART-Hera

 

 

Biomoléculas en Exploración Planetaria

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Detection of molecular biomarkers by bio-affinity

Infrastructure: Laboratory

Missions: SOLID, IceBreaker, LMC (ExoMars)

 

 

Habitabilidad y Ambientes Extremos

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Habitability and Extreme Environments

Infrastructure: Laboratory

Missions: ExoMars, MSL, Mars2020

Others projects: Europlanet

 

 

Medio Interestelar y Circunestelar

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Astrochemistry and interstellar, protoplanetary, lunar and cometary ice analogs

Infrastructure: Laboratory

Missions: JUICE, Rosetta

 

 

Formación y Evolución de Estrellas, Enanas Marrones y Planetas

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Formation and Evolution of Stars, Brown Dwarfs and Planets

Observatories-Instruments: CARMENES

 

 

 

Observatorio Virtual

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Scientific exploitation of astronomical archives

Others projects: SVO

 

 

Biomoléculas en superficies

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Biomolecules on surfaces under planetary simulation conditions

Infrastructure: laboratory

Others projects: Planetary Simulation Chamber - PASC

 

 

 

Ingeniería de Sensores Espaciales

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Development of space instrumentation, small satellites and exploration probes

Infrastructure: Instrumentation

Missions: Mars2020, ExoMars2016, ExoMars2022, MetNet

Others projects: MiniPINS (ESA), MarsConnect (INTA)

 

 

 

Magnetismo Espacial

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Magnetometry, planetary magnetic mineralogy and characterization of magnetic signature

Infrastructure: Instrumentation

Missions: ExoMars2022/AMR, Bepi Colombo, Meiga-MetNet

 

 

 

Óptica Espacial

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Instrumentation and research in space optics

Infrastructure: Instrumentation

Missions: ExoMars2022/Raman, MMX/RAX, Rosetta, Bepi C., ExoMars2016/Dreams, Meiga-MetNet, Ariel, Echo, JWST/MIIRI, SO-PHI

 

 

 

Área de Investigación e Instrumentación Atmosférica (AIIA)

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Physical-chemical investigation of the terrestrial and martian atmosphere

Infrastructure: Laboratory

Missions: Mars2020/RDS, Exomars 2022/SIS

 

 

Laboratorio de Radiación y Meteorología Espacial

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Space radiation environment and effects. Radiation tests. Space meteorology

Infrastructure: Laboratory, Radiation monitors for stratospheric balloons: AIR

Others projectsRADNEXT y HEMERA (H2020)

 

 

 

Instituto de Estructura de la Materia

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Ice lab, infrared spectroscopy, chemistry

Infrastructure: Laboratory

 

 

 

Heliofísica

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Plasma and magnetosphere

Missions: SOHO, Solar Orbiter, Bepi Colombo, Cluster,

 

 

Hielos

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Ice on frozen moons (Europa, Ganymede, Callisto, ...)

Missions: JUICE, Cassini-Huygens

 

 

Marte

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Exploration of Mars, surface and atmosphere

Missions: Mars Express, Trace Gas Orbiter, ExoMars

 

 

Mercurio

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Mercury surface spectroscopy

Missions: Bepi Colombo, Messenger

 

 

Pequeños Cuerpos

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Asteroids, comets, and cometary dust

Missions: Rosetta, HERA

 

Málaga        

 

Laserlab

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Martian environment and materials analysis laboratory and instrumentation

Infrastructure: Laboratory

Missions: Mars2020/SuperCam

 

La Palma        

     

EuroNear

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Near Earth Asteroids

Others projects: EuroNear

Porto-Lisboa       

 

 

Toward the detection and charaterization of other Earths

Nuno Santos

 

 

Exoplanet research and Solar System Planet atmospheres

Missions: CHEOPS, PLATO, ARIEL, AKATSUKI (JAXA), CASSINI, VENUS EXPRESS

Observatories-Instruments: ESPRESSO@VLT, future NIRPS, SPIROU@CFHT, HIRES@ELT

Others projects: SWEET-Cat

 

 

Instrumentation and systems

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Development of new instrumentation

Infrastructure: Laboratory

Missions: PLATO, CHEOPS, ARIEL

Observatories-Instruments: ESPRESSO@VLT, future NIRPS,  HIRES@ELT, 

 

Tenerife        

 

 

Pequeños Cuerpos del Sistema Solar

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Small bodies and objects close to the ground

Missions: OSIRIS-REx, Gaia, JWST, Euclid, Hera/Dart, CASTALIA, CASTAway, Hayabusa2

Observatories-Instruments: GTC/OSIRIS/EMIR, NOT/ALFOSC, TNG/NICS, INT/IDS,...

Others projects: NEOROCKS, NEO-MAPP, CLASS, PRIMASS,EURONEAR, J-PLUS, J-PASS

 

 

Exoplanetas y Astrobiología

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Exoplanets and astrobiology

Missions: CoRoT, Kepler, K2, CHEOPS, XO, WFC, PLATO, ARIEL, TESS

Observatories-Instruments: CARMENES, GTC / OSIRIS / EMIR / HORUS, WHT / LIRIS, HARPSN, LCOGT, ...

 

 

Área de Instrumentación

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Space instrumentation and telescopes (optical, electronic, mechanical, SW, ...)

Infrastructure: Instrumentation

Missions: Marco Polo-R/THERMAP, Solar Orbiter/SOPHI, Euclid-NISP, PLATO, ISS/IRCAM, ...

Observatories-Instruments: GTC, GREGOR, WHT, VTT, TIP II, SUNRISE/IMaX

Others projects: CTA, NRT, EST, ELT, OPTICON, OGS, TTNN

 

Valencia        

 

 

Centro de Tecnologías Físicas

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Ice and solid characterization laboratory

Infrastructure: Laboratory

 

Valladolid        

 

 

Espectroscopía Raman e Infrarroja

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Cosmogeochemistry and Astrobiology with Raman and Infrared Spectroscopy

Infrastructure: Laboratory

Missions: ExoMars/RLS, Mars2020/SuperCam, MMX/RAX

Others projects: H2020-Compet “PTAL” (Planetary Terrestrial Analogue Library)

 

 

 

Atmósferas Planetarias

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Giant planets atmospheres

Missions: Cassini, HST

Observatories-Instruments: PlanetCam

 

Vigo        

 

 

Agrupación Aeroespacial - SpaceLab

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Development of space technology for satellites

Infrastructure: Small satellites

Missions: Comet Interceptor

 

 

 

Astronomía e Astrofísica

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Cultural astronomy, observational astrophysics and databases

Missions: Gaia

 

 

 

Geoquímica Planetaria

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Geochemistry of Mars: modeling, mineralogy, laboratory analogs

Missions: MSL/CheMin

 

Zaragoza        

 

 

Geodinámica Planetaria

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Geomorphology of Mars and planetary geological mapping

 



Planetary Virtual Observatory and Laboratory
Base de datos de imágenes planetarias gestionada por el Grupo de ciencias Planetarias (UPV-EHU)
http://pvol2.ehu.eus/pvol2/

Sociedad de Observadores de Meteoros y Cometas de España
https://www.somyce.org/

Observadores Cometas
Grupo de Yahoo This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
http://www.observadores-cometas.com/index.htm

Red de Investigación sobre Bólidos y Meteoritos
http://www.spmn.uji.es/
 
Red de Detección de Bólidos y Meteoros de la Universidad de Málaga y la Sociedad Malagueña de Astronomía.


We are Astróbriga, the astronomical group of Ciudad Rodrigo.

We have a dream: to build the first model of the solar system in three dimensions and to scale in Spain. Where? In the region of Ciudad Rodrigo.

We are talking about a solar system so large that Pluto will be on the border with Portugal. We are also talking about a comprehensive project, capable of providing economic alternatives in the area, stimulating the intellectual curiosity of youth and creating new vocations.

A project that will be the pride of the entire region.

  • The project consists of establishing a reproduction of the solar system, to scale, in the Ciudad Rodrigo region.
  • The model will not be an end in itself, but a tool to carry out activities aimed at promoting the region on a tourist level and developing educational and scientific dissemination activities in the area.
  • Not only will it be the first permanent model, in three dimensions and to scale in Spain, but it will also be, without a doubt, one of the most ambitious and complete in the world.

 

 

 

The Sun - With a diameter of 4.80m and composed of about 2000 brass hands, the Sun will be located in the Rotunda of the Fat Tree, and Pluto will be located about 25 kilometers away. To give you an idea, the diameter of the Sun of most of the scale models of solar systems that you can find in the world rotates between 1 and 2 meters.

The planets and their moons (15 in total) will float on monoliths made up of a Corten steel base topped by an armored glass cube. Each element of the system will be accompanied by an informative poster and a signage that will show where the other elements of the model are. The monoliths will be equipped with an internal lighting system that will allow you to visit the system at night.

 

A project with a pedagogical vocation

Education is one of the priority elements of the project. In fact, several teachers are actively engaged in the project.Within this framework, educational tools are being developed that educational centers will be able to use, relating astronomy to other disciplines such as physics, mathematics, visual arts, biology, history, etc ... Three educational centers in the region are officially supporting the project: the IES Fray Diego Tadeo, CEIP Miróbriga, and IESO Las Batuecas (La Alberca). Also, the Association of Tourist Guides of Ciudad Rodrigo will propose specific visits for educational centers.

 

 

Support from the scientific community

Astróbriga has the valuable support of Javier Rodriguez-Pacheco Martín (Universidad de Alcalá), Antonia Varela, (researcher at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias and director of the Starlight Foundation), Sebastián Sánchez Prieto (Universidad de Alcalá), Fernando Buitrago (Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço de Lisboa), as well Laura Delgado Martín, Diego Corrochano Fernández, Pablo Herrero Teijón, Santiago Andrés Sánchez y Camilo Ruiz Méndez, all members of the Departamento de Didáctica de la Matemática y de las Ciencias Experimentales de la Universidad de Salamanca, they have also expressed their willingness to do outreach work within the framework of the project.

Support from other institutions

We also have the support of the Museo de Ciencias de Valladolid, la Federación Asociaciones Astronómicas de España, la Revista Astronomía, la Fundación Starlight, as well the Asociación para la Enseñanza de la Astronomía, la Organización Salmantina de Astronáutica y del Espacio or the Asociación Estudiantil de Astronomía Supernova. In addition to the Heritage Commission of the Province of Salamanca, the Ayuntamiento de Ciudad Rodrigo, FECYT, GMV and a variety of local and private companies and businesses that you can join.