From Manu Garcia at IAC: “IC 1396: Emission Nebula in Cepheus


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The Impressive Emissions Nebula IC 1396 mixes the brilliant cosmic gas and dark dust clouds in the high and distant constellation of Cepheus. Energized by the brilliant central star you see here, this star-forming region extends over hundreds of light years, spanning more than three degrees in the sky, about 3.000 Light-years from planet earth. Among the intriguing dark forms within IC 1396, the elephant’s winding trunk nebula is located just below the center. The stars could still be forming within the dark shapes by gravitational collapse. But as the denser clouds are eroded by strong stellar winds and radiation, any star in formation will ultimately be cut off from the star reservoir. The magnificent color view is an image composition of narrow band filters, atomic oxygen emission mapping of the nebula, hydrogen and sulfur in blue, green and red tones.

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The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias(IAC) is an international research centre in Spain which comprises:

The Instituto de Astrofísica, the headquarters, which is in La Laguna (Tenerife).
The Centro de Astrofísica en La Palma (CALP)
The Observatorio del Teide (OT), in Izaña (Tenerife).
The Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos (ORM), in Garafía (La Palma).

These centres, with all the facilities they bring together, make up the European Northern Observatory(ENO).

The IAC is constituted administratively as a Public Consortium, created by statute in 1982, with involvement from the Spanish Government, the Government of the Canary Islands, the University of La Laguna and Spain’s Science Research Council (CSIC).

The International Scientific Committee (CCI) manages participation in the observatories by institutions from other countries. A Time Allocation Committee (CAT) allocates the observing time reserved for Spain at the telescopes in the IAC’s observatories.

The exceptional quality of the sky over the Canaries for astronomical observations is protected by law. The IAC’s Sky Quality Protection Office (OTPC) regulates the application of the law and its Sky Quality Group continuously monitors the parameters that define observing quality at the IAC Observatories.

The IAC’s research programme includes astrophysical research and technological development projects.

The IAC is also involved in researcher training, university teaching and outreachactivities.

The IAC has devoted much energy to developing technology for the design and construction of a large 10.4 metre diameter telescope, the ( Gran Telescopio CANARIAS, GTC), which is sited at the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos.


Gran Telescopio Canarias at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on the island of La Palma, in the Canaries, SpainGran Telescopio CANARIAS, GTC

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