The Spanish Astronomical Society and the newspaper “El Pais”

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One of the leading newspapers in Spanish, “El Pais”, has started to publish a special edition in its electronic version devoted to the International Year of Astronomy. There are several sections, from an image gallery, biographies, special reports and analysis, etc. This initiative has been carried out in collaboration with the Spanish Astronomical Society, a a large group of astronomers have taken part at different level.

One of the most difficult section has been the glossary, since we have been asked to define different concepts using a limited amount of words, in a plain language. In few cases, the process has been even more complicated, because mos of us only use them in English, and a translation into Spanish has been complex. Anyway, I believe it is worth the effort.

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About dbarrado

Born in Madrid, Spain, David Barrado completed a degree in physics, specializing in astrophysics, at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. At this same university he started work on a doctorate that he would go on to complete at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) in Cambridge (USA). He then spent several years as a post-doctoral researcher at a number of institutes in the United States (including as a Fulbright scholar during his time at CfA), Germany (Max-Planck Institut für Astronomie, in Heidelberg) and Spain (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid). David now works at the European Space Astronomy Center (ESAC, Madrid) as a member of the National Technical Aerospace Institute (INTA), part of the Astrobiology Center (CAB), a combined institute made up of INTA and the Center for Higher Scientific Research (CSIC). With the INTA team he led research on the MIRI, an infrared instrument that will fly with the forthcoming space telescope, the JWST. He has also been involved in the development of a number of other astronomical instruments. For two years he was head of the Stellar and Exoplanets Astrophysics Laboratory, as a member of the CAB, and later Director of the Hispano-German Astronomy Center observatory in Calar Alto for three years. His research interests focus on the properties of stars in open star clusters, as well as detecting and characterizing substellar objects and exoplanets. More generally he has specialized in studying the formation of stars and planetary systems using various observational techniques: from visible light to distant infrared, using images and spectroscopes, via both terrestrial and space telescopes. This observation work has seen him publish close to one hundred and fifty articles in prestigious scientific journals. He also combines his research with tireless outreach activities. With Spanish blog, Cuaderno de Bitacora Estelar (see has a very large audience.

2 Responses to The Spanish Astronomical Society and the newspaper “El Pais”

  1. learning to speak spanish…

    It is difficult striving to total the hours we’ve consumed looking for spanish web pages….

  2. MERCEDES says:

    He visto el video y la verdad es que dan ganas de aprender más y más. Acercas la ciencia por el lado más humano, que me parece que es el más puro, la pasión sincera por el conocimiento.
    Me gusta mucho la astronomía y me gustaría aprender. Soy profesora de secundaria.
    Pero sobre todo me gusta estudiar o aprender por pasión hacia la ciencia, como tú también dices.

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