The image has been recently taken at the Great Canary Telescope from el Roque de Los Muchachos
The image, which the Great Canary Telescope devotes to the Transvulcania Naviera Armas, is one of the deepest images of the sky obtained from the ground. On the image, it is possible to see objects and structures a million times more weak of what one sees to the naked eye.
The image has been obtained thanks to the instrument OSIRIS of the GRANTECAN by the researchers of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, with the goal of analysing the most peripheral regions of galaxies of the universe. The use of these images allows the astronomers to learn the assembly of the galaxies and to characterize the features of the dark matter.
To the depth that this image comes, the majority of the visible objects that surrounds the “Transvulcania” Galaxy are not stars, but very distant galaxies. Some of these galaxies are at distances of billions of light-years.
The sports counsellor of La Palma, Ascensión Rodríguez, said that “it is a honour for us that the Great Canary Telescope has named one of the most distant galaxies in the universe “Transvulcania”. I hope that this initiative promoted by the organization of the race, nestled in the road map of the Astrofest, serves for recognizing the great investigation labour of all researches at the Roque de Los Muchachos, as well as recognizing the kindness of the Canarian sky”.