The Astrobiology Center participates in 'Astro 2020'

This is the ' Decadal Survey in Astronomy and Astrophysics 2020' ', a survey conducted by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine of the USA evaluate the current status of research in astrophysics and identify the priority areas of scientific research and technological development that these require.

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A European scientific team, led by the Center's researcher Astrobiology (CAB, CSIC-INTA) Miriam García has participated in the 'Astro 2020' survey through an article in which there is an extensive review of the field of massive stars poor in metals (with a richness in chemical elements less than a star like the Sun). In this article we present the advances that are expected in the coming years and the fundamental questions that the scientific community is currently considering and that can only be answered with a new generation of telescopes.

In this sense, the article, entitled ' Walking along Cosmic History: Metal-poor Massive Stars <' / i> '(A journey through cosmic history: massive stars poor in metals'), supports the construction of a new mission, called LUVOIR (of Large UV / Optical / IR Surveyor , or great explorer ultraviolet, optical and infrared), a 10-meter class space telescope that can also be observed in other parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, such as ultraviolet and near infrared. "This telescope can be considered as the true successor of Hubble, since the JWST ( James Web Space Telescope ) will focus almost exclusively on infrared frequencies", explains Miriam García.

"That a European team leads this type of article allows us to demonstrate to ESA the great interest that has our community in this mission and in other similar, "says Garcia. In addition, "the fact that the CAB participates in Astro2020 leading one of the articles is an indicator that the science that is done in the center is cutting-edge and of great international impact," he says.

Based on this article and on all those received, the committee of & nbsp; 'Astro 2020' will prepare a document that will serve as a guide to the US Congress and its funding agencies.


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