Calar Alto must generate their own financial resources to supplement its budget.

The Spanish-German Astronomical Centre (CAHA) Calar Alto, will be designed over the next year a plan that allows you to generate own resources through economic activity to complete budgets with which to work for the following years, and that the accounts provide an annual expenditure of 1,6 million euros this year has been revised and raised to the 2,2 million by the executive committee of the entity.

This has been explained director CAHA, José María Quintanilla, who highlighted the agreed budget of aggregation 2014 by the German Max Planck Society and the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) by an extraordinary contribution of partners to achieve a budget close to that obtained in 2013.

However, the claims of the partners go through the observatory is capable of producing new economic resources to fund its maintenance, as forecasts on budget availability for the coming years are “bleak” and weigh on already depleted accounts.

The main proposals, yet to mature and realize, has raised the possibility of marketing the observation times performing with telescopes to research groups and scientific societies and the grant programs that can accommodate the CAHA and it is proposed to European funders.

Other options could include the provision of additional services under payment, such as monitoring events in the near and deep space or the study of objects coming to Earth with possible impact on the planet, among other activities that would involve contributions to projects of Spanish institutions, foreign and international.

Moment, the executive committee of Calar Alto is set as priority to develop the installation and use of the instrument 'Carmens’ the telescope with three more opening is in the center. This instrument is a spectrograph designed to find Earth-like planets around low-mass stars.

Installing 'Carmens’ the telescope 3,5 meters, a new tool with an arm fiber optic and infrared, and their operation continues to focus the interest of the two partners in the astronomical center, as happened last year when the agreement allowed to continue the scientific work was signed up, at least 2018.

According to forecasts, responsible for the CSIC and the German school will meet again around June or July for further addressing the future of the center, could also face outsourcing some of their services and alternations in the conditions of the template.

(Europa Press)