UA involved in discovery of ring around dwarf planet Haumea, recognised with La Vanguardia Science Award
UA lecturer Adriano Campo Bagatin took part in the finding, led by José Luis Ortiz, from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (Spanish National Research Council)
Alicante. Friday 9 March 2018
The discovery of a ring around the dwarf planet Haumea has been recognised with the La Vanguardia Science Award. An international scientific consortium was involved in the finding, led by José Luis Ortiz, from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (Spanish National Research Council). The team included University of Alicante senior lecturer Adriano Campo Bagatin, from the Department of Physics, Systems Engineering and Signal Theory and the UA Polytechnic School's Institute of Physics Applied to Science and Technology.
This work has revealed the presence of a ring around the dwarf planet Haumea, the most unknown celestial object of the four dwarf planets found in the confines of the Solar System, beyond the orbit of Neptune, in a belt of objects made up of ice and rocks among which four dwarf planets stand out: Pluto, Eris, Makemake and Haumea.
According to La Vanguardia, “it is the first time an astronomical study has received the La Vanguardia Science Award, where our readers vote to choose the most outstanding discoveries of the year in Spain. In six out of the seven previous editions, our readers gave the award to biomedical studies with the potential to treat illnesses or improve the condition of healthy people. In the seventh edition, the award went to a study on chemistry”.
The La Vanguardia Science Award, run once a year by the newspaper La Vanguardia and the Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation, is intended to promote excellence in Spanish research. The prize is awarded after a weighted voting process where readers (50%) and a scientific advisory committee (50%) participate.