Research lines

Our current research and development lines are the following:

Minor bodies of the Solar System

  • Trans-Neptunian Objects.
  • Asteroids.


  • High-precision photometry.
  • TTV studies (transit timing variations).


  • Variable stars: RRLyras, Cepheids, cataclysmic variables.
  • Compact binaries and low-mass X-ray binary stars.
  • Stellar formation and cosmic dust.
  • Stellar clusters: globular and open clusters, stellar associations.
  • Stellar populations.

Galactic Astronomy

  • The Galactic bulge.
  • Formation and evolution of the Milky Way.

Extragalactic Astronomy

  • Galaxy formation and evolution.
  • Star formation in galaxies.
  • Dust in galaxies.
  • Galactic structure, kinematics, and dynamics.
  • Optical and radio interferometry.

Technologies for astronomical research

  • Development of automatic data-reduction systems.
  • Development of automatic control systems.