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German Hispanic. Spanish observatories

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In the image you can see the International Observatory of Calar Alto, in Almería, owned by the German Hispano Astronomical Center, created in 1973. Opened in 1979, and located in the Sierra de Los Filabres, the Hispano-German Astronomical Observatory of Calar Alto It is managed by the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (CSIC) of Granada and by the Max-Planck Institute of Astronomy of Heidelberg, in Germany.

Although the Calar Alto Observatory offers its telescopes to the entire international astronomical community, the greatest use of them is done by Spanish and German astronomers, who conduct research on both the Solar System and the Universe. His studies include the study of planets, comets and minor bodies, galaxies, stars and star associations.

The staff of 50 people of Calar Alto has three night telescopes with openings of 1.23 m, 2.2 m and 3.5 m, in addition to a fourth telescope of 1.52 m that manages the National Astronomical Observatory, and whose use It is open to the Spanish astronomical community. They also have a Schmidt camera owned by the Hamburg Observatory (Germany), a 60 cm robotic telescope of the Astrobiology Center (CSIC-INTA, Madrid) and a gamma ray detector.

Among the current research carried out at the Hispano-German Astronomical Observatory of Calar Alto, the follow-up of comet 9P / Tempel 1, the detection of brown dwarfs, the study of gamma radiation bursts, extrapolar planets and supernovae stand out.

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