• Tomáš Lanča
  • ustav
  • 15.12.2021
  • Institute of Physics in Opava

The institute of Physics has two new Doctors of Science!

On the 7th of December 2021, Mgr. Kateřina Klimovičová Ph.D. and Mgr. Gabriela Urbancová Ph.D. successfully defended their doctoral dissertations, Congratulations!
  • Debora Lančová
  • ustav
  • 05.12.2021
  • Institute of Physics in Opava

Solar Eclipse over Antarctica chosen as NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)

There was a total Solar eclipse on Saturday, December 4th, 2021, the only one this year and the only until April 2023. The total eclipse was visible only from the farthest end of the world – in Antarctica.
  • Tomáš Lanča
  • ustav
  • 02.08.2021
  • Institute of Physics in Opava

Photographer from the Institute of Physics succeeds in NASA APOD yet again

On Saturday the 31st of July, the American NASA institute published the photo “Remembering NEOWISE” by Petr Horálek from the Institute of Physics as a prestigious astronomy photo of the day. The photo recalls the flyby of the comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE. The comet was shining bright in the morning and later in the evening sky during July of last year and was the brightest comet on the northern hemisphere’s night sky of the last 23 years. Thanks to the flyby happening “inside” of the Big Dipper constellation and the pandemic of COVID-19 that caused people to pay more attention to nature and space, the comet ended up being one of the most photographed space bodies ever.
  • Tomáš Lanča
  • ustav
  • 28.05.2021
  • Institute of Physics in Opava

Help us looking for dark matter with just your phone!

The international project CREDO (Cosmic-Ray Extremely Distributed Observatory) has been running since the end of August 2016, and the scientists from the Institude of physics in Opava also take part in its implementation. The project is focused on the detection of cosmic rays and the search for a mysterious „hidden substance“ (or also „dark matter“) in the universe. Unraveling its mystery could be within reach with the help of widest public. All you need is one app on your smartphone that can detect the volatile particles that accompany the hidden substance.
  • Tomáš Lanča
  • ustav
  • 17.05.2021
  • Institute of Physics in Opava

Lyrids meteor shower culminates on Thursday and Friday. They will be followed by a "supermoon""

On Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd April, in the early morning, it will be possible to watch the most meteors from the annual meteor shower in Lyrida. These popularly called "shooting stars" are in the Earth's atmosphere caused by the extinction of ice-dust particles released from the core of Comet C / 1861 G1 (Thatcher). During the maximum, 10-15 meteors can be seen in the dark sky far from large cities and harmful light pollution, always in the early morning hours before dawn. Less than a week later, we are also waiting for one of the two angularly largest full moons of the year.
  • Tomáš Lanča
  • ustav
  • 17.05.2021
  • Institute of Physics in Opava

Astrophysicists from the Silesian University are looking for wormholes

For more than 85 years, physicists have believed that there may be shortcuts in curved spacetime, so-called wormholes. These hypothetical connections between two disparate points in the universe have been used for decades in science-fiction, especially in film or tv series production. Now there is a team of scientists, including prof. Marek Abramowicz, who works at the Institute of Physics in Opava, researching these hypothetical cosmic phenomena more than ever, thanks to the recent famous observation of the shadow of a black hole in the galaxy M87.
  • Tomáš Lanča
  • ustav
  • 13.04.2021
  • Institute of Physics in Opava

Reconstruction of the famous "Einstein's" solar eclipse photograph, picture was also awarded by NASA

On Monday, April 5, 2021, the Universities Space Research Association NASA published a photo entitled "Colored Einstein Eclipse" as a prestigious Earth Science Picture of the Day, co-authored by Petr Horálek from the Institute of Physics in Opava and prof. Miloslav Druckmüller from the Brno University of Technology. Using modern computational methods of image processing, they tried to "revive" the image of the solar eclipse from May 29, 1919, which led to the confirmation of Einstein's general theory of relativity. Thus, after more than 100 years, people can see for the first time what this phenomenon looked like in colors and what unusual phenomena surrounded the obscured Sun.
  • Tomáš Lanča
  • ustav
  • 11.02.2021
  • Institute of Physics in Opava

Celebrate international day of women and girls in science with us!

The 11th of February is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Since we have many women in the positions of assistant professors and Ph. D students, we have decided to introduce some of them and their success in science.
  • Tomáš Lanča
  • ustav
  • 04.02.2021
  • Institute of Physics in Opava

On January 27, our long-time colleague and friend Pavel Bakala has left us

Pavel Bakala worked as a researcher at the Institute of Physics and the Research Center for Computational Physics and Data Processing at Silesian University in Opava since 2006. Between 2012 and 2017 he held the position of Vice Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Science. He focused mainly on theoretical and computational physics, numerical data modelling, and, last but not least, the popularization of science. He has left us at the age of only 52.
  • Jan Novotný
  • ustav
  • 01.02.2021
  • Institute of Physics in Opava
  • Staženo dne 02.03.2021

Apply for Open Day via Online Form

On February 3rd, 18th and 2nd of March 2021, the Institute of Physics in Opava is organizing an Open Day (attention, on February 3rd is the Open Day is only online).