The Central Government has reaffirmed its commitment to the German-Spanish Astronomical Centre (CAHA) Calar Alto, located in Gergal (Almería), and has ensured that “has no plans to close” of these facilities, while still “Efforts” for “achieve economic viability” the center and “maintain its operation once the German partners, according to plan provisions, retire in 2018”.
This has been taken by the Government in a parliamentary answer, consulted by Europa Press, when asked by the national registered IU deputy Alberto Garzón, where you had questions about a possible closure of the center after the fall of its budget of four million euros in 2010 one of 1,6 million for this year.
In this, the government has moved its refusal to possible closure of facilities at the time who said that the relationship with the German partner Max Planck “fluid” meetings by the Executive Committee and the Finance Committee “regularly maintained”. So, were added to “the German partner has not raised at any time the possibility of moving the project Carmenes any other observatory”.
He recalls the Government, CAHA is an Economic Interest Grouping (IEA) owned by the Superior Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) and the Max Planck Society. Both organizations now strive to develop proposals for director nominees, a position that is vacant after the previous director of the center showed his resignation to the cuts that had occurred.
“Currently nominated a deputy, which has the duty of the director if no principal or in the absence or illness”, notes the Government's reply.
With this, Calar Alto “continues to scientific activity within the lines that are being usual” so that the last 11 June in the dome of the telescope 3,5 Observatory meters filing was made Caliph and Carmenes, dos proyectos internacionales que constituirán una referencia en sus respectivos campos.
Also, are being completed observations Califa project, a galactic sampling, which will reveal the structure and evolution of galaxies with unprecedented detail, and has started during the assembly of instrument Carmenes in cleanrooms of the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC).
Among recent milestones center, has discovered a planet outside our solar system that is in the last stages of his life, before being engulfed by the red giant star called KIC 8219268, through the instrument 'CAFE', designed in these facilities.