After the first light, the Pathfinder images reach 0.4” PSF resolutions in its first days of operation.
The J-PAS Pathfinder camera of the Javalambre Survey Telescope (JST/T250) received its first light on the night of 20th February, obtaining succesfully an image of the open cluster NGC1960. After the commissioning of the instrument, the Unique Scientific and Technical Infrastructure (ICTS, in their Spanish initials) Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre is working at full capacity, operating routinely the two main telescopes with first-level scientific instrumentation.
The Centro de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (CEFCA), in collaboration with Fundación Caja Inmaculada de Teruel, has organized an outreach talk with the title "When galaxies collide". The conference, opened to the general public, will be given next Thursday, 16th February, at 19:30 pm in the CAI Auditorium of Teruel by Dr. Carlos López San Juan, CEFCA.
The Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre (OAJ) has announced the call for proposals for observing in the second semester of 2017 with T80Cam, the scientific, panoramic camera installed at JAST/T80.
The certification process of the "Territorio Gúdar Javalambre" as Starlight Destination and Reserve has just successfully finished.
Fundación Bancaria Ibercaja and Fundación Centro de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón, CEFCA, have renewed the collaboration agreement with which research, oriented towards obtaining a PhD, is co-financed. This research is fully developed at the CEFCA.
A collaboration agreement between the Euclid Consortium of the European Space Agency (ESA)-led space mission Euclid- and the Centro de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (CEFCA; Teruel) has been signed for the provision of ground based scientific data with the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre to complement the observations of the Euclid space telescope.
Dr. Raul Angulo gets the only ERC grant awarded to a Spanish project in the astrophysics field in 2016.

The CEFCA Foundation has awarded two PhD Fellowships in Cosmology and Galaxy Formation. These fellowships were published on the CEFCA web page from October 26 to November 26, 2015.

Adjudication of the two PhD Fellowships in Observational Cosmology and/or Galaxy Formation and Evolution:

The XIII Scientific Meeting of the Javalambre Physics of the Accelerating Universe Astrophysical Survey (J-PAS) will be held in Teruel, in the headquarters of the Centro de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (CEFCA) between the 5th and 9th September. This meeting, which is part of a series of meetings usually celebrated twice a year, expects the attendance of about 70 professional astronomers both from Spain and foreigners.
The Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre (OAJ) has announced the call for proposals for observing in the first semester of 2017 with T80Cam, the scientific, panoramic camera installed at JAST/T80.
After passing the verification tests, the cryogenic camera is being prepared to be delivered at CEFCA next August.
A quick method for making accurate, virtual universes to help understand the effects of dark matter and dark energy has been developed by CEFCA and UCL scientists. Making up 95% of our universe, these substances have profound effects on the birth and lives of galaxies and stars and yet almost nothing is known about their physical nature.

Second Adjudication of the Summer-student Fellowship of Engineering and Instrumentation in Astrophysics. This fellowship was published on the CEFCA web page from April 13 to May 6, 2016.

Second Adjudication of the summer-student fellowship of Engineering and Instrumentation in Astrophysics:

The Board of the Foundation Centro de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (CEFCA), following the agreement adopted in its meeting of April 18, 2016, invites applications for the position of Director of CEFCA.

The CEFCA Foundation has awarded two Summer-student Fellowships in Astrophysics Research. These fellowships were published on the CEFCA web page from April 13 to May 6, 2016.

Adjudication of the two summer-student fellowships in Astrophysics Research:

The CEFCA Foundation has awarded the Summer-student Fellowship of Engineering and Instrumentation in Astrophysics. This fellowship was published on the CEFCA web page from April 13 to May 6, 2016.

Adjudication of the summer-student fellowship of Engineering and Instrumentation in Astrophysics:

The aluminizing vacuum chamber and the cleaning unit for the maintenance of JST/T250 and JAST/T80 telescope's mirrors arrived yesterday at the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre (OAJ). The chamber has been designed by CEFCA and Vacuum Technology Associates Inc, DYNAVAC (Boston, United States), responsible for its manufacture.
The Centro de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (CEFCA), in collaboration with the Museo Provincial de Teruel, has organized an outreach talk with the title "From Newton's apple to gravitational waves detection: revealing the secrets of gravity". The conference will be given next Thursday, 28th April, at 19:30 pm in the Auditorium of the Museum by Dr. Silvia Bonoli, from CEFCA.

The Centro de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (CEFCA) is opening two positions for a summer-student fellowship. The positions will be offered to Master students who want to start engaging into astrophysical research.

Summer-student fellowship in Astrophysics Research:

Adjudication of the two summer-student fellowships:

The Centro de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (CEFCA) is opening one position for a summer-student fellowship. The position will be offered to students that are coursing a Master or the last year of the Degree who want to start engaging into engineering and astrophysical instrumentation.

Summer-student fellowship:

Adjudication of the summer-student fellowship:

Second adjudication of the summer-student fellowship:

The Centro de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (CEFCA), in collaboration with Fundación Caja Inmaculada de Teruel, has organized an outreach talk with the title "The dark side of the Universe". The conference, opened to the general public, will be given next Thursday, 18th February, at 19:30 pm in the CAI Auditorium of Teruel by Dr. Silvia Bonoli, from CEFCA.

Optical fine tuning of the system during Final Acceptance tests provides images of 0.15” FWHM using “lucky imaging” techniques

CEFCA has proceeded with the final acceptance of the JST/T250 telescope installed at the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre after carrying out additional tests with the verification camera in order to test proper operation of the telescope.

The Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre (OAJ) has announced its first call for proposals for observing with T80Cam, the scientific, panoramic camera installed at JAST/T80.
The OAJ already keeps the actuator system of JPCam in its clean room. After its arrival in mid January, the engineering team has carried out the integration of the system at the observatory in order to start with the verification and fine-tune processes, first in the clean room and, finally, in the JST/T250 telescope.
The Fundación Centro de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (CEFCA) and Caja Rural de Teruel signed the renewal of the partnership corresponding to the “Young Researchers Training” grant, which is intended to train new scientists in the fields of Cosmology and Formation and Evolution of Galaxies.
After an intense period of fine tuning and optimization tasks developed by the OAJ/CEFCA Team, systematic observations with T80Cam@JAST/T80 have started. The telescope–camera system is in optimal performance, reaching normally seeing-limited images. So far, a best gaussian FWHM of 0.63”(+/-0.09”) over the 2deg2 focal plane of T80Cam has been recorded.
By using the best available measurements of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) from the Planck satellite, Dr. Carlos Hernández Monteagudo from the Centro de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (CEFCA) and his collaborators have detected vast amounts of hidden baryonic matter around middle-size galaxies in the local universe. To arrive at this new result, the team has used the latest Planck data release and data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.

Achieved images of 0.33” PSF with “lucky imaging” techniques

Last September 2015, the JST/T250 telescope at the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre passed successfully the Provisional Acceptance test review. This milestone represents a big step forward for the completion of the project, only pending the Final Acceptance tests that shall be completed in the next weeks.

The “Centro de Estudios del Cosmos de Aragon” (CEFCA) offers one 4 year predoctoral fellowship in cosmology and/or galaxy formation and evolution, starting at the beginning of 2016.
In late September, responsible members of CEFCA and the J-PAS collaboration visited e2v headquarters to see, first hand, the progress made on the set up of the cryogenic camera of JPCam, the scientific instrument designed by CEFCA and Brazil for the JST/T250 telescope.
For the end of the summer, the Centro de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (CEFCA) has planned a new edition of the school of astronomy and astrophysics that has been conducted for the last five years. This activity is part of the XXXI Edition of the Universidad de Verano de Teruel and it will take place from 10 to 12 September in Teruel.

The CEFCA Foundation has awarded two PhD Fellowships in Cosmology and Galaxy Formation. These fellowships were published on the CEFCA web page from October 27 to December, 4, 2014.

Adjudication of the two PhD Fellowships in Cosmology and Galaxy Formation:

Second adjudication of the two PhD Fellowships in Cosmology and Galaxy Formation:

During the last months has been carried out the installation process of the main storage and processing systems for the UPAD/T250. The infrastructure has been provided and installed by the companies Bull España S.A. and Fujitsu Technologies Solutions S.A. These systems increase the already existing capabilities of the UPAD/T80 in order to deal with the huge amount of data produced by JPCam once the camera is installed at JST/T250 telescope.
The twelve filters of the J-PLUS survey have been integrated into T80Cam, the scientific camera which is installed in the JAST/T80 telescope of the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre.
With the successful achievement of this important milestone, e2v has demonstrated that the focal plane is well within the very strict JPCam requirements. The JPCam engineering focal plane has been successfully integrated at e2v (Chelmsford, UK). JPCam, the main scientific instrument of the JST/T250 telescope, is a 1.2 Gpixel camera designed to perform the J-PAS survey.
Ibercaja and Fundación Centro de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón, CEFCA, have renewed a collaboration agreement with which a research, oriented towards obtaining a PhD, will be co-financed. This research will be fully developed at the CEFCA.

The Centro de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (CEFCA) is opening two positions for a summer-student fellowship. The positions will be offered to Master students who want to start engaging into astrophysical research.

Summer-student fellowship in Astrophysics Research:

Adjudication of the two summer-student fellowships:

Second adjudication of the two summer-student fellowships:

The Centro de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (CEFCA) is opening one position for a summer-student fellowship. The position will be offered to students that are coursing a Master or the last year of the Degree who want to start engaging into engineering and astrophysical instrumentation.

Summer-student fellowship in Astrophysics Research:

Adjudication of the summer-student fellowship:

First light of T80Cam

2015-Mar-04 14:07 all, instrumentation
T80Cam, the scientific camera of the JAST/T80 telescope of the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre (CEFCA's observatory), has taken its first image of the Javalambre night sky. This achievement is known as First Light, as this is the first time that light coming from an astronomical object is registered by the T80Cam detector.
The scientific instrument for the JAST/T80 telescope, T80Cam, has been successfully installed at the Cassegrain focus of the JAST/T80 telescope of the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre (CEFCA).
J-PLUS filters have been received and accepted at CEFCA headquarters (Teruel). The filters have been manufactured by SCHOTT (Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland). These have been specifically developed for the J-PLUS survey and have required more than two years of research and development effort both from SCHOTT and CEFCA.
The “Centro de Estudios del Cosmos de Aragon” (CEFCA) offers several 4 year doctoral fellowships in cosmology and/or galaxy formation, starting at the beginning of 2015.
With the declaration of the OAJ (CEFCA's observatory) as ICTS, the center has received a recognition for its scientific, tecnological and innovative competitiveness and quality in the Spanish R&D system.
In September 25th, at 22:57h Local Time, the Javalambre Survey Telescope (JST/T250) achieved engineering first light. This is a very important milestone in the project since it is the first time that photons from the Universe, in this case coming from the Polaris star, have gone through the complete optical system of the telescope as it was designed.

The Centro de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (CEFCA) holds the XI Scientific Meeting of the Spanish Astronomical Society (SEA) in Teruel from September 8 to September 12, 2014.

The XI Scientific Meeting of the Spanish Astronomical Society (SEA), which takes place every two years, will be held at the Centro de Estudios de la Física del Cosmos de Aragon from 8 to 12 September in Teruel, gathering about 300 Spanish professional astronomers and foreign guests.

JST / T250 telescope of the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre (OAJ) was completely integrated on September 2, 2014. The integration of the telescope with the final optical elements was made after a previous test phase in which the mechanical and control parts of the telescope were verified with dummies instead of the real optical elements.
The Fundación Centro de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (CEFCA) and the Caja Rural de Teruel signed the renewal of the partnership corresponding to the “Young Researchers Training” grant, which is intended to train new scientists in the fields of cosmology and astrophysics.

The Centro de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (CEFCA) is opening three positions for a summer-student fellowship. The positions will be offered to master students who want to start engaging into astrophysical research and instrumentation.

Summer student fellowships in Astrophysics and Instrumentation:

Adjudication of the three summer-student fellowships:

The assembly of the main telescope of the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre (OAJ) is one of the most important milestones of the project. The first structural pieces of the JST / T250 arrived last month, and now they have begun to settle in the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre.
The complete catalog of ALHAMBRA project will be published tomorrow. It consists on a mapping of the space to study the evolution of the universe over the last ten billion years. ALHAMBRA has identified, classified and calculated the distance of more than half a million galaxies spread over eight regions of the sky. The development of this catalog has been performed by the Observatorio de Calar Alto with the collaboration of researchers of the Centro de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón.
The Fundación Centro de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (CEFCA) and the Obra Social de Ibercaja signed a cooperation agreement that will allow automating the operations conducted in the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre. Specifycally, it will serve to train young researchers in working with the scientific data provided by it.
The dome of the building that will contain the JST / T250 telescope of the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre has been installed this week. This operation was done once the performance and sealing tests were successfully conducted.
El Centro de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (CEFCA) opens today the registration period for the School of Astronomy that will be hold from 4 to 6 October in Arcos de las Salinas, near the Javalambre Astrophysical Observatory.

As the ALHAMBRA project maps in detail eight deep separate regions of the universe, it is the best available tool to study the recent history of the universe. This first release of the data, which is called ALHAMBRA-gold, contains one hundred thousand galaxies, twenty thousand stars and one thousand possible active galactic nuclei. Several researchers of CEFCA have participated in the development of this catalogue, which has been conducted by the Calar Alto Observatory.

On March 21, the Planck scientific team released the first set of cosmology results based on data obtained during the first 15.5 months of the Space Telescope's operation. This has been done be means of almost thirty scientific articles in which the Cosmology group of CEFCA has been involved.

Public Outreach Talk

2013-Feb-14 09:00 all, activities
CEFCA has organized today, February 14th, a conference opened to the general public, which is entitled "Variable stars through the centuries". The lecture will be given at 19:30 pm in the CAI Auditorium of Teruel by Dr. Alessandro Ederoclite, a CEFCA researcher.
The JST/T250 telescope has passed the first test of general operation that was conducted this week at the headquarters of the Belgian company AMOS, responsible for the construction of the telescope. This is the first phase for the preliminary acceptance of the telescope.
The Centro de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (CEFCA) will receive 6.5 million euros from Fondo de Inversiones de Teruel (FITE). This fund was signed by the Gobierno de Aragón and Gobierno de España on November 30, 2012.
The Centro de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (CEFCA) has installed the computer equipment for the robotic control of the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre (OAJ) and the storage and processing of the first data that will be provided by the telescopes of the OAJ.

II School of Astronomy

2012-Jul-11 19:01 all, activities
Last week, CEFCA engineers moved to the Belgian company AMOS headquarters to discuss the final details of the final version of the control software of the telescope JST / T250. After the meetings, in which members of AMOS and of OSL company have participated, CEFCA engineers have given approval for the finalization of the software, which will be delivered to CEFCA in a few weeks.
This week, the Institute of Astronomy , Geophysics and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Sao Paulo and the Spanish company NTE-Sener signed the contract of the support structure and the actuator system of the JPCam.
The arrival of the telescope to the Pico del Buitre involves starting the night activities of the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre (CEFCA's observatory). This is one of the most important milestones of the project.
Last February, the factory integration phase of the JAST/T80 telescope of the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre (CEFCA) was completed. The telescope is assembled at Bamberg (Germany) where it is currently being tested with dummy optics. Preliminary tests show that the telescope can move with a velocity of up to 40 degrees per second, which makes T80 one of the worldwide fastest telescopes.
In mid-November, the Centro de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (CEFCA) and US company Spectral Instruments signed a contract to provide the cryogenic camera system for the JAST/T80 telescope of the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre (OAJ).
In early December, and after an international process of peer review, Brazil’s Observatório Nacional, a partner institution in the Javalambre Physics of the Accelerated Universe Astrophysical Survey collaboration (J-PAS), and British company E2V signed a contract to provide the cryogenic camera system for the JST/T250 telescope of the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre.
Towards the end of October, AMOS, the Belgian company responsible for the construction of the telescopes for the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre (OAJ), started the manufacturing of the main mechanical parts of the JST/T250. The construction of the telescope, to be installed at the OAJ by mid 2012, is currently on schedule and its main structure is expected to be erected at the Belgian plant by January.
The brazilian partners of the Javalambre Physics of the Accelerated Universe Astrophysical Survey (J-PAS) collaboration, will put an identical replica of the OAJ JAST/T80 telescope of the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre (CEFCA's observatory) in the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO), in Chile.
On September 16th 2011, the dome of the JAST/T80 telescope arrived at the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre (CEFCA's observatory). The dome, the final design of which was approved last January, has been manufactured by Ash-Dome (Illinois, USA) in galvanized steel and holds winds up to 250 Km/h.

Jupiter and Io’s image from OAJ

2011-Oct-17 17:26 all
This excellent image of Jupiter and its satellite Io was taken on October 6, 2011, at Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre. The photograph is the result of a total integration time of 33 seconds with a 28 cm telescope and a DMK 21 CCD camera, catching 990 images at 30 frames per second.

School of Astronomy

2011-Jul-01 17:46 all, activities
Last May, the Agencia Aragonesa para la Investigación y el Desarrollo (ARAID) signed a new cooperation agreement with the Centro de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón (CEFCA). The aim of the agreement is the promotion of scientific research and technological expertise within the borders of the Autonomous Community of Aragon.
The call for tenders for the supply contract of the Wide Field Focal Plane Imager for the JAST/T80 telescope (T80lm) Javalambre Astrophysical Observatory (CEFCA) is open.
On April 6th, the spiral galaxy M74 was chosen as NASA’s “Astronomy Picture of the Day”. Jose Luis Lamadrid, technician at OAJ (Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre), in collaboration with colleagues from the Documentary School of Astrophotography (DSA), obtained this image during one of the observation runs devoted to astrophotography at Calar Alto Astronomical Observatory (CAHA).
The Final Design Review of the JST/T250, the main telescope which will be instaled at the Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre, has been held at the new headquarters of the CEFCA during March 3rd and 4th. thickness of 250 mm. The inner hole, necessary for the light beam reaching the Cassegrain focus after being reflected in the secondary mirror, has a diameter of nearly 1010 mm.
In December 15th, CEFCA personnel visited AMOS headquarters in Liege (Belgium) to attend the Design Review meeting of the Javalambre JAST/T80 telescope. During this visit they had the opportunity to see in situ, at AMOS shops, the progress in the grinding and polishing processes of the two primary mirrors of the OAJ telescopes.
The M1 blank has been manufactured by the german company SCHOTT AG. It is made of ZERODUR, a glass ceramic with nearly null thermal expansion, commonly used for telescope mirrors and other engineering projects which require of using high accuracy not deformable surfaces. It weights 2366 kg and has an outer diameter of 2640 mm.
JST/T250, the largest telescope at the Observatorio Astrofísico deJavalambre, successfully passed the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) on October 27th 2010. The Final Design Review is expected to take place at the beginning of March 2011.
The Pico del Buitre's geotechnical study has determined that the project area is located on a rock mass of middle Jurassic age - Upper Jurassic. All excavation may be made by conventional mechanical means using hammer from time to time.