The universe more at hand


The European GLORIA project, in which researchers from the Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA) participate, presents an application for & nbsp; navigate in time and space through the Universe from the computer.

Legend has it that Christopher Columbus, on his fourth trip to America, saved his crew by predicting an eclipse of Luna occurred on February 29, 1504. True or not, such predictions are already possible without having to resort to the consultation of voluminous almanacs or consult incomprehensible tables and perform complex calculations thanks to a wide range of applications that allow it.

Now, a new application launched on the initiative of the GLORIA project goes a little further and lets you know how the sky was at any time and seen from anywhere. Knowing which stars were visible the night of the day of our birth, of the most loved person or of a specific date is possible using the "Personal Space" application accessible from the GLORIA project portal.

"Personal Space offers a personalized vision of the cosmos since the user can choose the date and place of the planet and see in detail the portion of the celestial vault that could be contemplated at that time. This new utility is an online invitation to connect and explore the universe in an intuitive way, showing beautiful astronomical images and bringing astronomy closer to everyone, "says Alberto Castro-Tirado, GLORIA project manager and researcher at the Astrophysics Institute of Andalusia. CSIC.

Based on the movements of the Earth (nutation, translation and precession) as well as the movements of the closest stars, the system calculates which snapshots of the Universe could have been obtained in the past.

"Personal Space is a fascinating application that, without knowing anything about astronomy, teaches us to know the night sky" says Luis Cuesta, scientific responsible for the robotic telescopes of the Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA) they are part of the GLORIA network.

The portal also has a photographic gallery of celestial maps related to historical events, such as the hundimi of the Titanic, the capture of the Bastille and the fall of the Berlin Wall, among others. The system also shows if the area of ​​the selected sky coincides or overlaps with an event pointed out by the user and provides additional information about the constellations, stars, nebulas and galaxies that appear in the images.


The GLORIA project (GLObal Robotic-telescopes Intelligent Array for e-Science) is a European collaboration that has a network of 17 robotic telescopes scattered throughout Spain. , New Zealand, Czech Republic, Argentina, Chile, South Africa and Chile. In Spain, the Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA), the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia, the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, the University of Malaga and the Polytechnic University of Madrid participate.

GLORIA is an innovative proposal network to promote citizen science activities with robotic telescopes that aims to provide free access and research to a virtual community through the Internet. GLORIA partners offer access to a growing collection of robotic telescopes through a Web 2.0 environment.

The GLORIA project obtained 2,500,000 € in funding in 2011 through the European program FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES- 2011-2 (call Nº9), INFRA-2011-1.2.1: e-Science environments. It is a coordinated project formed by a consortium of 13 science institutions in which about 40 scientists participate.


Luis Cuesta Crespo , Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA)

Scientific Culture Unit of the CAB


Fuente: UCC-CAB

Fecha: 2014-01-22


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