Investigation Units

Basic Sciences

Space Research Center, (CINESPA, for its acronym in Spanish)

It promotes and develops high-level scientific research in astronomy, astrophysics, space and planetary sciences, as well as the study of planet Earth using space technology. It offers information services of the cosmic weather and real-time information of GOES 12 satellite imagery, weather forecast model products and weather bulletins.

Centro de Investigaciones Espaciales (CINESPA)

Objectives

  • To promote and develop high level scientific research in different areas of Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Science and Planetary Sciences. To promote scientific collaboration through programs, projects or agreements with scientific and academic centers, institutions, and national and international observatories.

Main functions

  • To promote and develop high level scientific research in different areas of Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Science and Planetary Sciences through research projects
  • To produce scientific publications and didactic material for scientific dissemination
  • To collaborate closely with the Academic Master’s Degree in Astrophysics, Physics and Atmospheric Sciences
  • To coordinate and organize short courses, workshops, symposia, conferences, seminars, and scientific congresses about topics related to the research developed at CINESPA
  • To promote and develop activities of social action and scientific dissemination in the fields of Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Science, and Planetary Sciences
  • To promote the development of new branches of Observational Astronomy and Radio Astronomy
  • To provide advice to public and private institutions and serve as a reference center in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Science and Planetary Sciences

Services

Remunerated

  • Training courses in General Astronomy for teachers of educational centers in the country
  • Courses and workshops in General Astronomy for the Costa Rican population
  • Night observation and astronomical tours
  • Astronomical calendars

Non Remunerated

  • Information services about astronomical events, solar activity and space weather.
  • Real-time information of solar images of international network of multiple terrestrial and space observatories
  • Provision for the University Community of the Chirripó Cluster for scientific research
  • National and international scientific seminars and conferences in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Science and Planetary Sciences
  • Night observation at the San José Planetarium
  • Advice on telescopes at the San José Planetarium