Jesus Aceituno, new director of Calar Alto Observatory

Overview of Calar Alto.

Overview of Calar Alto.
Overview of Calar Alto.

The Center for Scientific Research (CSIF) He has been appointed director of Calar Alto Observatory astronomer Jesus Aceituno, hitherto assumed the VICEDIRECTOR the center since May 2014 following the resignation of José María Quintana.

As he explained by the CSIF in a note, over almost two years, Calar Alto Observatory has achieved “back to normal” and he reached “important achievements” as the launch of the new instruments' Carmenes’ y ‘Panic’, the search for Earth-like planets and large field observing in the infrared respectively.

The observatory has also hosted the camera PlanetCam, developed by the University of the Basque Country for the study of planetary atmospheres, there a 'sentence read', a “innovative” instrument developed by the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics and the innoFSPEC center for calibration of spectrographs, thanks to the composition known, the temperature or the rotation of the celestial objects.

It has also established an agreement with the European Space Agency (THAT) for exclusive use and remote telescope Schmidt, put back into operation after years of disuse, in its draft finding comets or asteroids whose orbits lead them to regions near Earth orbit.

Also, since July 2014 the observatory has a detection station meteor comprises five high sensitivity CCD camera, developed under the scientific direction of the University of Huelva and with the collaboration of the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC).

Also, the observatory makes a commitment to make themselves known and to disseminate their work among the population, through participation in events such as the Week of Astronomy and Astrophysics of Almeria or the "Night of the researchers', and the signing of an agreement with the company Azimuth to develop a program that allows citizens to visit the observatory.

The Hispano-German Astronomical Observatory of Calar Alto is located in the Sierra de Los Filabres, Northern Almería. It is jointly operated by the Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany, and the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (CSIC). Calar Alto provides three telescopes with apertures 1,23 meters, 2,2 meters and 3,5 meters.