From Manu Garcia- a friend from IAC: “Portrait of a galaxy full of stars”

From Manu Garcia- a friend from IAC.

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This remarkable image from the Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) shows a portrait of the irregular galaxy IC 10, a disorderly star-forming galaxy close to the Milky Way.

In addition to a population of bright young stars, this irregular galaxy is also home to exotic Wolf-Rayet stars and a black hole.
This image shows the messy and conspicuous swirls of gas and stars that make up the irregular galaxy IC 10 As the name implies, IC 10 lacks the regularity of its Local Group galactic neighborhood, which makes majestic spiral galaxies like Andromeda and the Milky Way so eye-catching. Instead, irregular galaxies like IC 10 have a more chaotic appearance, as can be seen in the messy red tendrils of stars and dust in this image.
IC 10 is located about 2 million light years from Earth in the constellation Cassiopeia. Although this distance is unimaginably large, the truth is that IC 10 is in the Local Group of galaxies [2]. The galaxy is not only relatively close, but it is also approaching the Milky Way with a speed of about 1.3 million kilometers per hour, almost 500 times faster than a rifle bullet. Despite this headlong run, IC 10’s accelerated course toward the Milky Way is not a cause for concern, as the small irregular galaxy is a satellite of our neighboring Andromeda.
Credits: NSF NOIRLab NOAO Kitt Peak National Observatory (US) / NSF NOIRLab (US) /National Science Foundation (US) / Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (US) Data obtained and processed by: P. Massey (Lowell Observatory (US)), G. Jacoby, K. Olsen, & C. Smith (National Optical Astronomy Observatory (US)) / AURA / National Science Foundation (US)) Image processing: Travis Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage (US)), Mahdi Zamani & Davide de Martin.

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

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

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 [Universidad de La Laguna](ES) and Spanish National Research Council [Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas] (ES) (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 outreach activities.

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.