Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes http://www.ing.iac.es/ The latest news from the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes, Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory, La Palma, Spain en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss jma@ing.iac.es (Javier Mendez) jma@ing.iac.es (Javier Mendez) Wed, 18 Jan 2006 00:00:00 GMT http://www.ing.iac.es/rss/ing.gif Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes http://www.ing.iac.es/ 15 Planetary Nebula NGC 1514 http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ngc1514.html Colour-composite image of the planetary nebula NGC 1514 obtained from narrow-band H-alpha+[NII] and [OIII] images taken using the Wide Field Camera (WFC) on the Isaac Newton Telescope (INT). Credit: David Jones (Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias). <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/science/aa30700-17-fig1_ss.jpg"> Thu, 05 Apr 15:00:00 GMT Stars Regularly Ripped Apart by Black Holes in Colliding Galaxies http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/tde.html Based on spectroscopic observations taken with the William Herschel Telescope (WHT) in 2015, astronomers from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at University of Sheffield have found the first evidence for a stellar tidal disruption event (TDE) in a galaxy with a massive on-going starburst. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/TDE1b_s.jpg"> Fri, 31 Mar 2017 12:00:00 GMT Studentship Programme at the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes http://www.ing.iac.es/astronomy/science/studentship.html Wed, 01 Mar 2017 15:00:00 GMT Newly Discovered Planets Could Have Water on Their Surfaces http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/trappist.html An international team of astronomers has found a system of seven potentially habitable planets orbiting a star 39 light years away, three of which could have water on their surfaces increasing the possibility they could host life. Using ground and space instruments and telescopes, including the ACAM imager on the William Herschel Telescope, the team identified the planets as they passed in front of the ultracool dwarf star known as TRAPPIST-1. The star has around eight per cent of the mass of the Sun and is no bigger than Jupiter. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/trappist1s.png"> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:00:00 GMT Signing of the Agreement for the Scientific Exploitation of the William Herschel and Isaac Newton Telescopes http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/10year.html The future of the William Herschel and Isaac Newton telescopes on La Palma has been guaranteed through a new operation agreement between the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC), current owner of the telescopes. After signature by STFC and NWO in 2016, the agreement became effective on 20 February 2017 with the signature of IAC, in a ceremony at the Headquarters of the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (ING) in Santa Cruz de La Palma. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/firma1s.png"> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:00:00 GMT Announcement of Opportunity for Observing Time in Semester 2017B http://www.ing.iac.es/astronomy/observing/2017B-AO.pdf ING Announcement of Opportunity for Observing Time in Semester 2017B. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ing_ico.png"> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:00:00 GMT Call for Proposals to the OPTICON H2020 Trans-National Access Programme http://www.astro-opticon.org/fp7-2/tna/opticon_call_new.html The call for observing time at night time telescopes supported by the OPTICON Trans-National Access programme is now open. It will close at exactly 23:59 UT on 28 February 2017. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/opticon_ico.png"> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:00:00 GMT Call for Proposals to the CCI's International Time Programme on the Canary Islands http://www.iac.es/adjuntos/cci/ITP2017-2018_CallxProposals_v26-10-2016.pdf The International Scientific Committee (CCI) of the Roque de los Muchachos (ORM, La Palma) and Teide (OT, Tenerife) observatories invites applications for International Time Programmes (ITP) on telescopes installed at these Observatories. Deadline is 28th February, 2017. More information: http://www.otri.iac.es/cci/ <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/itp_ico.jpg"> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:00:00 GMT New Light on Dark Matter Halos http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/galspin.html For the past twenty years observers have been trying to test the effects of the predicted dark matter halos on the bars in barred galaxies. The basic idea is that according to simulation models which include the halos, these should have acted as a gravitational brake and slowed down the rotation of the bars during the lifetimes of galaxy discs.This could be tested by measuring the corotation radius corresponding to the bar, which is the radius at which the angular pattern speed of the bar is equal to the angular speed of the stars in the disc. The problem has been the difficulty of measuring the corotation radius. However, a group at the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC), devised a new method for corotation, using data from high resolution two-dimensional spectra taken with Fabry-Perot spectrographs, the most accurate among them GHaFaS on the William Herschel Telescope (WHT). <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/jalf.png"> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:00:00 GMT An Intrinsically Very Luminous Lensed High-Redshift Galaxy http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/laes.html An international team led by researchers from the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) and the University of La Laguna (ULL) has discovered one of the brightest non-active galaxies in the early universe. This galaxy, called BG1429+1202, is a gravitationally lensed Lyman-Alpha Emitter (LAE) located at a redshift of 2.82, and intrinsically very luminous. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/fig_ing_borrador.png"> Mon, 6 Feb 2017 11:00:00 GMT Turbulence Velocity Profile Characterization with Stereo-SCIDAR http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/stereo.html Stereo-SCIDAR is a high-altitude resolution and high sensitivity optical turbulence profiler. By measuring the intensity pattern of two nearby stars astronomers can triangulate the altitude and strength of optical turbulence in the Earth's atmosphere. And by introducing a temporal delay between these two signals, they can also calculate the horizontal velocity of each layer. Stereo-SCIDAR was developed by Durham University, UK as part of the Canary Adaptive-Optics demonstrator project (CANARY) on the William Herschel Telescope, and it has been operated on the Isaac Newton Telescope for a total of 28 nights. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/stereo1ss.png"> Mon, 6 Feb 2017 11:00:00 GMT Lyman-alpha Giant Halos Around Early Milky Way Type Galaxies http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/halos.html Astronomers from the Universities of Lancaster in the UK and Leiden in the Netherlands report the discovery of giant halos around early Milky Way type galaxies which are composed of Lyman-alpha photons that have struggled to escape them. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/CALYMHA_INT_s.jpg"> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:00:00 GMT A Deficit of Dark Matter in Elliptical Galaxies http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/mond.html The missing mass problem is a long-standing issue in astrophysics, being present in galaxies, cluster of galaxies and even at the cosmological scale. Astronomers from Taiwan have used archival data from PN.S and SAURON to study the internal dynamics of seven nearby elliptical galaxies, and report finding a dearth of dark matter. They conclude that the dynamics of these galaxies are well explained by MOdified Newtonian Dynamics (MOND). <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/Fig1_s.jpg"> Wed, 28 Dec 2016 15:00:00 GMT All the Best for 2017 http://www.ing.iac.es/xmas/2016.png The staff of the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes wish you all the best for 2017. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/xmas/2016.png"> Fri, 23 Dec 2016 21:00:00 GMT ING Schedules and Time Allocations 2017A Released ING schedules and time allocations for semester 2017A are available online. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ing_ico.png"> Fri, 23 Dec 2016 17:00:00 GMT Call for Proposals to the OPTICON H2020 Trans-National Access Programme http://www.astro-opticon.org/fp7-2/tna/opticon_call_new.html The call for observing time at night time telescopes supported by the OPTICON Trans-National Access programme is now open. It will close at exactly 23:59 UT on 25 September 2016. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/opticon_ico.png"> Fri, 09 Sep 2016 11:00:00 GMT CANARY's Sodium Laser Guide Star Successfully Commissioned http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/canary_lgs.html The latest upgrade to CANARY was commissioned between the 19th and 25th July, 2016 with the installation of the European Southern Observatory's 'Wendelstein' sodium Laser Guide Star Unit (WLGSU) near the William Herschel Telescope. CANARY is an open-loop Adaptive Optics (AO) system that uses multiple laser-guide stars and deformable mirrors, providing the first on-sky test of combined wide-field Laser Guide Star (LGS) tomography and open-loop AO control. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/canary_lgs_1.jpg"> http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/canary_lgs.html Mon, 05 Sep 2016 17:00:00 GMT Announcement of Opportunity for Observing Time in Semester 2017A http://www.ing.iac.es/astronomy/observing/2017A-AO.pdf ING Announcement of Opportunity for Observing Time in Semester 2017A. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ing_ico.png"> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 18:00:00 GMT AF2-WYFFOS Available in 2017A http://lists.ing.iac.es/pipermail/ingnews/2016/000002.html ING would like to make its users aware that AF2-WYFFOS, the WHT's multi-fibre MOS, will continue to be offered through semester 2017A. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ing_ico.png"> http://lists.ing.iac.es/pipermail/ingnews/2016/000002.html Thu, 4 Aug 2016 22:00:00 GMT Successful Removal and Replacement of the WHT's Flip Ring http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/top_ring.html In preparation for the arrival of the WEAVE MOS spectrograph, and for the first time in 30 years, the WHT's inner top-end ring (flip ring) has been successfully removed, craned to the ground floor, and the next day, re-installed on the telescope. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/top_ring/DSC_0161_s.jpg"> http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/top_ring.html Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:00:00 GMT A Radio Pulsing White Dwarf Binary Star http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ARSco.html Astronomers have discovered a new type of exotic binary star. In the system AR Scorpii a rapidly spinning white dwarf star powers electrons up to almost the speed of light. These high energy particles release blasts of radiation that lash the companion red dwarf star, and cause the entire system to pulse dramatically every 1.97 minutes with radiation ranging from the ultraviolet to radio. The research is published in the journal Nature on 28 July 2016. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/arsco-artist_s.jpg"> http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ARSco.html Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:00:00 GMT An Extremely Weak Magnetic Field in a White Dwarf http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/wdmagne.html A team of astronomers reports the discovery of one of the very weakest magnetic fields ever securely detected in a white dwarf. The observation was made using the ISIS spectropolarimeter on the William Herschel Telescope (WHT), in just one hour of exposure time and using the red and the blue arms of the spectrograph. This is part of a large survey of bright white dwarfs to search for such weak magnetic fields. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/Fig-Esp-ISIS-Halp-I-V-comp-nocap_s.png"> http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/wdmagne.html Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:00:00 GMT AOLI Delivers Its First Adaptive-Optics Images http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/aoli_loop.html The Adaptive Optics Lucky Imager (AOLI) on the William Herschel Telescope (WHT) has obtained its first adaptive-optics closed-loop results, an important milestone in the development of this state-of-the-art instrument that aims at combining adaptive optics (AO) and lucky imaging (LI) to obtain the highest-ever resolution images at visible wavelengths from the ground. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/loops.png"> http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/aoli_loop.html Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:00:00 GMT Three Supernova Shells Around a Young Star Cluster http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/shells.html A group of astronomers, led by researchers at the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC), has found the first known case of three supernova remnants one inside the other. Using a method developed within the group for detecting huge expanding bubbles of gas in interstellar space, they were observing the galaxy M33 in our Local Group of galaxies and found an example of a triple-bubble. The results help to understand the feedback phenomenon, a fundamental process controlling star formation and the dissemination of metals produced in massive stars.A group of astronomers, led by researchers at the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC), has found the first known case of three supernova remnants one inside the other. Using a method developed within the group for detecting huge expanding bubbles of gas in interstellar space, they were observing the galaxy M33 in our Local Group of galaxies and found an example of a triple-bubble. The results help to understand the feedback phenomenon, a fundamental process controlling star formation and the dissemination of metals produced in massive stars.h <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/prensa1105_2121_hi.png"> http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/shells.html Sun, 17 Jul 2016 11:00:00 GMT ING Schedules and Time Allocations 2016B Released ING schedules and time allocations for semester 2016B are available online. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ing_ico.png"> Tue, 05 Jul 2016 12:00:00 GMT The WHT and the Galactic Centre http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/whtmw.html The William Herschel Telescope and the Milky Way towards the Galactic Centre. Credit: Sebastian Kramer. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/archive/wht/_SKX7302-IIp.png"> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:00:00 GMT Stephen Hawking Visits La Palma http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/hawking.html Stephen Hawking visited La Palma on 11th June, 2016, and our Director, Marc Balcells, presented him with various souvenirs. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/hawking_s2.png"> http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/hawking.html Sun, 12 Jun 2016 09:00:00 GMT "William Herschel, Astronomer and Musician" http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/herschel.html La Palma Music Festival gathers some of the best classical musicians from around the world. This year the Festival will pay tribute to William Herschel (1738-1822), the musician who became one of the mosty famous astronomers of his time. The Festival Orchestra directed by Thomas Mandl will perform William Herschel's Symphony No.8 at Teatro Circo de Marte in Santa Cruz de La Palma on Tuesday 7th June. This is the first time that an orchestra will play a work by Herschel on La Palma. Coinciding with this event, and almost 30 years after the first light of the William Herschel Telescope, the ING Director Marc Balcells will give a talk entitled "William Herschel, astronomo y musico" at 20:30 on the 6th of June at Espacio Cultural Rafael Daranas, Fundacion CajaCanarias, Santa Cruz de La Palma. Free admission. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/2446653226967419606.jpg"> http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/herschel.html outreach@ing.iac.es (Javier Mendez) Thu, 02 Jun 2016 14:00:00 GMT Lucky Imaging of the Multiple T Tauri System LkHa 262/LkHa 263 http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/aoli.html Astronomers report high-spatial resolution, i' band imaging of the multiple T Tauri system LkHa 262/LkHa 263 obtained during the first commissioning period of the Adaptive Optics Lucky Imager (AOLI) at the William Herschel Telescope on September 24th and 25th, 2013. AOLI is a state-of-the-art instrument which combines two well-proven techniques for extremely high spatial resolution with ground-based telescopes: Lucky Imaging (LI) and Adaptive Optics (AO). Although the instrument was not yet complete, and was not operated in Adaptive-Optics mode, these observations demonstrate the high capabilities of the LI mode, yielding a FWHM for the best PSF of only 0.15 arcsec. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/aoli1_s.png"> http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/aoli.html jma@ing.iac.es (Javier Mendez) Tue, 31 May 2016 11:00:00 GMT First Results from the PAU Camera (PAUCam) http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/pau_first_results.html Commissioning of PAUCam, the imager for the Physics of the Accelerating Universe survey, is complete, and routine science exploitation is under way (for first-light images, see earlier news item). PAUCam is a visiting instrument instrument at the WHT, and is available for use by astronomers from the ING community. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/paus2sdss2_s.png"> http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/pau_first_results.html jma@ing.iac.es (Javier Mendez) Mon, 23 May 2016 11:00:00 GMT Fast and Furious Black Hole Observed with the WHT http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/bhvar.html In a paper published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, astronomers report catching V404 Cygni black hole while it was shimmering and emitting red flashes, some of which were shorter than a timespan of only 1/40th of a second. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/skymap_ss.png"> http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/bhvar.html Wed, 16 Mar 2016 20:00:00 GMT Studentship Programme at the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes http://www.ing.iac.es/astronomy/science/studentship.html We welcome applications for four places on the ING studentship programme 2016/17. The deadline for applications is 31st March 2016. The programme provides a unique opportunity for up to four PhD, MSc or undergraduate astronomy students to get hands-on experience of work at an international observatory. Successful applicants will spend one year on La Palma, supporting imaging and spectroscopy runs at the 2.5-m Isaac Newton Telescope (INT) and working on projects supervised by the ING staff. The studentship programme is open to anyone, but we particularly welcome applicants from our three partner countries: the Netherlands, Spain and the UK. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ing_ico.png"> http://www.ing.iac.es/astronomy/ director@ing.iac.es (Marc Balcells) Tue, 16 Feb 2016 20:00:00 GMT Announcement of Opportunity for Observing Time in Semester 2016B http://www.ing.iac.es/astronomy/observing/2016B-AO.pdf ING Announcement of Opportunity for Observing Time in Semester 2016B. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ing_ico.png"> Tue, 16 Feb 2016 09:00:00 GMT Call for Proposals to the CCI's International Time Programme on the Canary Islands The International Scientific Committee (CCI) of the Roque de los Muchachos (ORM, La Palma) and Teide (OT, Tenerife) observatories invites applications for International Time Programmes (ITP) on telescopes installed at these Observatories. Deadline is 29th February, 2016. More information: http://www.otri.iac.es/cci/ <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/itp_ico.jpg"> Mon, 15 Feb 2016 12:00:00 GMT WEAVE Handling Trolley Arrives at the WHT http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/weave_arrival.html On 18 January 2016, the first completed component for the WEAVE project (http://www.ing.iac.es/weave/), the handling trolley, arrived at the WHT. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/trolley1s.jpg"> Mon, 15 Feb 2016 10:00:00 GMT Call for Proposals to the OPTICON Trans-National Access Programme http://www.astro-opticon.org/fp7-2/tna/opticon_call_new.html The call for observing time at night time telescopes supported by the OPTICON Trans-National Access programme is now open. It will close at exactly 23:59 UT on 2 March 2016. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/opticon_ico.png"> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:00:00 GMT "Una nueva vida para los telescopios Herschel y Newton" Interview with the ING director published on the local newspaper Diario de Avisos about "Una nueva vida para los telescopios Herschel y Newton" (in Spanish). <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/clippings/El-director-del-Grupo-de-Telescopios-Isaac-Newton_s.jpg"> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 09:00:00 GMT ING Schedules and Time Allocations 2016A Released ING schedules and time allocations for semester 2016A are available online. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ing_ico.png"> Tue, 05 Jan 2016 12:00:00 GMT Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! http://www.ing.iac.es/xmas/2015.png The staff of the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes wish you all the best for 2016. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/xmas/navidad2015s.png"> Sat, 26 Dec 2015 14:00:00 GMT ING Telescopes Provide Unique Observations in Support of the ESA Rosetta Mission http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/churyu.html The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission is currently exploring comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The Rosetta mission is a hugely ambitious endeavour - the first spacecraft to orbit a comet and follow it on its journey towards the Sun, accompanied by its lander, Philae, which made the first ever landing on a comet in November 2014. Observatories across the planet are supporting this mission, and the ING is playing an important part in this - especially in providing unique observations this year as the comet passed its closest point to the Sun and highest level of activity. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/churyu1b_s.png"> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 20:00:00 GMT Common Accretion across Young Stellar Objects, White Dwarfs, Black Holes and Supermassive Black Holes http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ysowdbh.html An international team of astronomers have discovered a previously unknown link between the way young stars, white dwarfs and black holes grow feeding from their surroundings. Accretion seems to be a universal process operating in a similar way despite the different size, age, temperature and gravity of the accreted object. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ScalingScaringi_s.jpg"> Fri, 16 Oct 2015 16:00:00 GMT Announcement of Opportunity for Observing Time in Semester 2016A http://www.ing.iac.es/astronomy/observing/2016A-AO.pdf ING Announcement of Opportunity for Observing Time in Semester 2016A. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ing_ico.png"> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 18:00:00 GMT Pluto Revealed http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/IS_pluto.html Report on the encounter of NASA's New Horizons mission with Pluto and supporting observations provided by the William Herschel Telescope. Broadcast in the Spanish television (TVE) programme "Informe Semanal" on 1st August, 2015. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/pluto_ssss.jpg"> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 17:00:00 GMT Call for Proposals to the OPTICON Trans-National Access Programme http://www.astro-opticon.org/fp7-2/tna/opticon_call_new.html The call for observing time at night time telescopes supported by the OPTICON Trans-National Access programme is now open. It will close at exactly 23:59 UT on 31 August, 2015. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/opticon_ico.png"> Fri, 07 Aug 2015 16:00:00 GMT WHT Observes Pluto in Support of NASA's New Horizons Mission http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/pluto.html The William Herschel Telescope (WHT) has participated in 2014 and 2015 in a worldwide campaign to spectroscopically follow up Pluto from the ground in support of the encounter of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft with Pluto. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/pluto_ss.jpg"> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 11:00:00 GMT The Cocoon Nebula http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/cocoon.html Colour-composite (RGB) image of the Cocoon nebula obtained from a combination of wide- and narrow-band images taken using the Wide Field Camera (WFC) on the 2.5 m Isaac Newton Telescope. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/cocoon_b_hb_ha_ss.jpg"> Sat, 13 Jun 2015 17:00:00 GMT First Light on PAU Camera http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/pau.html The camera for the PAU (Physics of the Accelerating Universe) project succesfully saw first light at the prime focus of the William Herschel Telescope on the night June 3rd. PAUCam is an advanced imager comprising a mosaic of 18 state-of-the-art, fully-depleted, red-sensitive Hamamatsu CCDs, and a field of view with a diameter of about one degree (or about 14 times the sky area covered by the WHT's current prime-focus imager), of which 40 arcminutes are unvignetted. PAUCam was designed and built by a consortium of Spanish institutions (IFAE, ICE-CSIC/IEEC and PIC from Barcelona; CIEMAT and IFT-UAM/CSIC from Madrid). <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/PAUCam_in_WHT_s.jpg"> Sat, 13 Jun 2015 16:00:00 GMT Fresh Evidence for How Water Reached Earth Found in Asteroid Debris http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/water.html Water delivery via asteroids or comets is likely taking place in many other planetary systems, just as it happened on Earth, according to new evidence found that numerous planetary bodies, including asteroids and comets, contain large amounts of water. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/wateryasteroidscience_s.jpg"> Thu, 7 May 2015 09:00:00 GMT Binarity in Planetary Nebulae Gives Clues to Understand the Abundance Discrepancy Problem http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/a46.html Spectroscopic observations with the William Herschel Telescope of three planetary nebulae have shed new light on the abundance discrepancy problem. Astronomers from the Instituto de Astrof?sica de Canarias have shown that the largest abundance discrepancies (as high as 300 in certain positions in the nebula) are reached in planetary nebulae that have a close binary central star. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/abell46sss.jpg"> Tue, 5 May 2015 09:00:00 GMT Mergers of Galaxy Clusters Can Trigger Star Formation http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/tsunami.html Galaxies are often found in clusters, which contain many "red and dead" members that stopped forming stars in the distant past. Over billions of years, galaxy clusters build up structure in the universe - merging with adjacent clusters. When this happens, there is a huge release of energy as the clusters collide. The resulting shock wave travels through the cluster like a tsunami, but until now there was no evidence that the galaxies themselves were affected very much. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/sobral_ss.jpg"> Mon, 4 May 2015 16:00:00 GMT First Near Earth Asteroids Discovered from La Palma http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/inteuro.html In 2014 the Isaac Newton Telescope became the first telescope in La Palma to discover and secure five Near Earth Asteroids (NEAs) as part of the EURONEAR project and as a result of the allocation of several override programmes awarded by the time allocation committees. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/inteuro2.jpg"> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:00:00 GMT Direct Evidence for an Evolving Dust Cloud from an Exoplanet http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ucamexo.html Astronomers observed star KIC 12557548 on five nights in July 2013, using ULTRACAM on the William Herschel Telescope, to search for the colour dependence of the transit depth by KIC 12557548 b exoplanet. A clear transit signal was detected only on the first night. During the remaining four nights, the planet was in a quiescent period, with little or no dust cloud obscuring the star. As expected, the astronomers managed to observe differences in transit depths between three different bands on first night, with an increase in depth toward shorter wavelengths. This effect is consistent with extinction from the putative dust cloud surrounding the planet. Remaining nights allowed to constrain the size of the planet to less than 5.4 radii of Mercury. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/Visual_final_ss.png"> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 10:00:00 GMT Studentship Programme at the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes http://www.ing.iac.es/astronomy/science/studentship.html We welcome applications for four places on the ING studentship programme 2015/16. The deadline for applications is: Tuesday 1st May 2015. The programme provides a unique opportunity for up to four PhD, MSc or undergraduate astronomy students to get hands-on experience of work at an international observatory. Successful applicants will spend one year on La Palma, supporting imaging and spectroscopy runs at the Isaac Newton Telescope (INT) 2.5m and working on projects supervised by the ING staff. The studentship programme is open to anyone, but we particularly welcome applicants from our three partner countries: the Netherlands, Spain and the UK. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ing_ico.png"> Sun, 15 Mar 2015 20:00:00 GMT Presentation of the Conference "Multi-Object Spectroscopy in the Next Decade" http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/MOS.html The international conference "Multi-Object Spectroscopy in the Next Decade. Big Questions, Large Surveys and Wide Fields" (Santa Cruz de La Palma, 2-6 March 2015) organised by the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes, was presented to the media on La Palma during a press conference that took place in the Townhall. <br><img src=http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/MOSPoster_ss.jpg> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:00:00 GMT First Observational Proof of Existence of a Double-Degenerate, Super-Chandrasekhar System http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/wdpair.html An international group of astronomers has found the first pair of white dwarfs with a total combined mass unequivocally above the Chandrasekhar limit of 1.4 solar masses. The orbital period of the system is 4.2 hours, which means that the stars are close enough to spiral in due to the emission of gravitational waves and eventually merge in about 700 million years. This finding, which has been published in Nature, provides observational support to the double-degenerate path of formation of type Ia supernovae, so far a theoretical possibility under ongoing debate. <br><img src=http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/fig1v2_s.jpg> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 12:00:00 GMT Announcement of Opportunity for Observing Time in Semester 2015B http://www.ing.iac.es/astronomy/observing/2015B-AO.pdf ING Announcement of Opportunity for Observing Time in Semester 2015B. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ing_ico.png"> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 20:00:00 GMT Call for Proposals to the OPTICON Trans-National Access Programme http://www.astro-opticon.org/fp7-2/tna/opticon_call_new.html The call for observing time at night time telescopes supported by the OPTICON Trans-National Access programme is now open. It will close at exactly 23:59 UT on 1 March and no requests for late submissions will be accepted. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/opticon_ico.png"> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:00:00 GMT Call for Proposals to the CCI's International Time Programme on the Canary Islands The International Scientific Committee (CCI) of the Roque de los Muchachos (ORM, La Palma) and Teide (OT, Tenerife) observatories invites applications for International Time Programmes (ITP) on telescopes installed at these Observatories. Deadline is 28th February, 2015. More information: http://www.otri.iac.es/cci/ <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/itp_ico.jpg"> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:00:00 GMT ING Schedules and Time Allocations 2015A Released ING schedules and time allocations for semester 2015A are already available online. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ing_ico.png"> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:00:00 GMT One of Most Accurate Measurements of the Size of a Trans-Neptunian Object from a Stellar Occultation http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/occultation.html Stellar occultations by minor bodies have been widely used to measure their sizes and constrain their shapes. One such event was observed at the William Herschel Telescope during the first hours of the night April 26, 2012 using ULTRACAM, a very fast camera able to obtain short exposures with very short overheads. They were able to measure a total eclipse duration of 20.87 seconds which translates into a chord of 415?1 km, one of the most accurate measurements obtained so far. <br><img src=http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/occultation.gif> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:00:00 GMT Astronomers Release Most Detailed Catalogue Ever Made of the Visible Milky Way http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/iphasMW.html The production of the catalogue, IPHAS DR2 (the second release from the survey programme The INT Photometric H-alpha Survey of the Northern Galactic Plane? or IPHAS), is an example of modern astronomy's exploitation of 'big data' it contains information on the 219 million detected objects, each of which is summarised in 99 attributes. With this catalogue release, the team are offering the world community free access to measurements taken through two broad band filters capturing light at the red end of the visible spectrum, and in a narrowband capturing the brightest hydrogen emission line, H-alpha. The inclusion of H-alpha also enables exquisite imaging of the nebulae (glowing clouds of gas) found in greatest number within the disk of the Milky Way. The stellar density map illustrated here is derived from the longest (reddest) wavelength band in which the darkening effect of the dust is moderated in a way that brings out more of its structural detail, compared to maps built at shorter (bluer) wavelengths. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/iphas-imap-copper-sqrt1.png"> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:00:00 GMT Conference on "Multi-Object Spectroscopy in the Next Decade". Second Announcement. http://www.ing.iac.es/conferences/mos/Second-Announcement.pdf The Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes is pleased to announce an international conference Multi-Object Spectroscopy in the Next Decade: Big Questions, Large Surveys and Wide Fields, to be held in Santa Cruz de La Palma, Canary Islands from 2nd to 6th March 2015. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ing_ico.png"> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:00:00 GMT Timelapse Video by an INT Observer Timelapse video by Moein Mosleh, an observer at the INT telescope. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/tlint.jpg"> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:00:00 GMT Instrumentation at the ING Telescopes http://www.ing.iac.es/about-ING/instr2014.html Most users of the ING telescopes are well aware that our plans for the continued operation of the WHT and INT in the next decade call for the execution of massive spectroscopic surveys with WEAVE, a multi-fibre spectrograph now in construction for the WHT prime focus. Until the arrival of WEAVE, planned for late-2017, ING will continue to offer a broad range of instrumentation at the WHT and on the INT. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ing_ico.png"> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:00:00 GMT Call for Letters of Intent to Provide Instrumentation or Improvements to the INT http://www.ing.iac.es/about-ING/int2014.html The Board of the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes solicits Letters of Intent to provide new or improved instrumentation for the 2.5m Isaac Newton Telescope, and/or upgrades to the telescope infrastructure. Deadline 30 September 2014. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ing_ico.png"> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:00:00 GMT Announcement of Opportunity for Observing Time in Semester 2015A http://www.ing.iac.es/astronomy/observing/2015A-AO.pdf ING Announcement of Opportunity for Observing Time in Semester 2015A. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ing_ico.png"> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 20:00:00 GMT Call for Proposals to be supported via the OPTICON Trans-National Access Programme http://www.astro-opticon.org/fp7-2/tna/ The OPTICON common TAC call for EU supported access to telescopes in semester 2015A has been opened. The announcement is here: http://www.astro-opticon.org/fp7-2/tna/opticon_call_new.html <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/opticon_ico.png"> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 14:00:00 GMT Random Bits, True and Unbiased, from Atmospheric Turbulence http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/random.html Random numbers represent a fundamental ingredient for secure communications and numerical simulation as well as to games and in general to Information Science. Physical processes with intrinsic unpredictability may be exploited to generate genuine random numbers. The optical propagation in strong atmospheric turbulence is here taken to this purpose, by observing a laser beam after a 143 km free-space path, between the Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope on La Palma and the ESA Optical Ground Station at the Teide Observatory on Tenerife. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/srep05490-f1_ss.jpg"> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:00:00 GMT Conference on "Multi-Object Spectroscopy in the Next Decade". First Announcement. http://www.ing.iac.es/conferences/mos/ The Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes is pleased to announce an international conference Multi-Object Spectroscopy in the Next Decade: Big Questions, Large Surveys and Wide Fields, to be held in Santa Cruz de La Palma, Canary Islands from 2nd to 6th March 2015. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ing_ico.png"> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:00:00 GMT 3D Map Shows Dusty Structure of the Milky Way http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/3dmap.html A team of international astronomers has created a detailed three-dimensional map of the dusty structure of the Milky Way as seen from Earth's northern hemisphere. This extinction map derives from the newly released catalogue of the Isaac Newton Telescope Photometric H-alpha Survey of the Northern Galactic Plane (IPHAS), the first digital survey to cover the entire northern Milky Way. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/IPHAS_wide_s.png"> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:00:00 GMT ING Schedules and Time Allocations 2014B Released ING schedules and time allocations for semester 2014B are already available online. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ing_ico.png"> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 10:00:00 GMT Discovery of Near Earth Asteroid 2014 LU14 with the Isaac Newton Telescope http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/1stnea.html 2014 LU14 is the first ever Near Earth Asteroid (NEA) discovered using the Isaac Newton Telescope and from La Palma. This discovery is also the first reported by the EURONEAR network, a large collaboration founded by ING astronomer Ovidiu Vaduvescu which involves researchers and telescopes mostly based in European countries. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/2014LU14-FIG1_ss.png"> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:00:00 GMT Spectro-Astrometry of V1515 Cygni with Adaptive Optics http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/fuori.html Using the integral field spectrograph OASIS, at the William Herschel Telescope, combined with the adaptive optics module NAOMI, astronomers obtained optical observations of the FU Ori star V1515 Cyg with an angular resolution of 0.7 arcseconds (Gaussian core FWHM). From the analysis of the data they find evidence for the existence of a surrounding disk in V1515, being this one of the few spatial inferences of a disk observed in an FU Ori object. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/20131211-ima69_deltaV_fit_Paulo_s.png"> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:00:00 GMT Discovery of Circularly Polarised Light in a GRB Afterglow http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/cirpol.html A large international team led by Klaas Wiersema from the University of Leicester has discovered circularly polarised optical emission in the afterglow of GRB 121024A. The study, published in Nature, used data mainly from FORS2 on the VLT, but also ACAM on the WHT. The ACAM data allowed the team to correctly identify a break in the light curve that confirmed the long standing prediction that an abrupt change of 90 degrees in the GRB linear polarisation happens when the Lorentz factor of the outwards jet decreases below a critical value. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/host_121024_ACAM.jpg"> Mon, 12 May 2014 19:00:00 GMT ING Studentship Programme: Applications Welcome http://www.ing.iac.es/astronomy/science/studentship.html We welcome applications for four places on the ING studentship programme 2014/15. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 1st April 2014. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ing_ico.png"> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:00:00 GMT The Music of the Galaxies http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/resonant.html Using Fabry-Perot optical interferometers, including GHaFaS on the William Herschel Telescope, and observing a sample of over a hundred nearby galaxies, astronomers have discovered that there are more density waves than predicted by theory, and that there are relations between them forming a complex pattern of resonances, which orchestrate the "Music of the Galaxies". <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/resonant_ss.jpg"> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 16:00:00 GMT Instrument Rationalisation at ING - Community Input Sought http://catserver.ing.iac.es/instrpoll/ In order to focus the observatory's resources on the WEAVE project, ING is planning a rationalisation of its instrument suite, which will likely imply a progressive reduction in the number of common-user instruments/modes offered at the WHT and INT, starting in semester 2015A. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ing_ico.png"> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:00:00 GMT Announcement of Opportunity for Observing Time in Semester 2014B http://www.ing.iac.es/Astronomy/observing/2014B-AO.pdf ING Announcement of Opportunity for Observing Time in Semester 2014B. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ing_ico.png"> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:00:00 GMT Call for Proposals to be supported via the OPTICON Trans-National Access Programme http://www.astro-opticon.org/fp7-2/tna/opticon_call_new.html The OPTICON common TAC call for EU supported access to telescopes in semester 2014B has been opened. The announcement is here: http://www.astro-opticon.org/fp7/tna/opticon_call_new.html <br> <img src=http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/opticon_ico.png> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:00:00 GMT RATS-Kepler: A Deep High-Cadence Survey of the Kepler Field http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/rats.html Before the launch of Kepler, an extensive programme to identify bright G/K dwarfs with minimial stellar activity was carried out by various groups internationally. Although a small number of photometric variability surveys were carried out pre-launch they were either not especially deep, did not have wide sky coverage or did not have a cadence shorter than a few minutes. To fill this gap a team of astronomers started a photometric variability survey (RATS-Kepler) in the summer of 2011 using the Wide Field Camera (WFC) on the Isaac Newton Telescope (INT). RATS-Kepler is complementary to the Kepler-INT-Survey. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/rats_f10_ss.jpg"> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 15:00:00 GMT Extra INT Call for Semester 2014A http://www.ing.iac.es/astronomy/observing/Extra_INT_call_2014A.pdf Extra INT call for semester 2014A. After reviewing the proposals for the Isaac Newton Telescope (INT) it turned out that several nights are still available for Dutch astronomers. The time allocation committee has decided to offer a second chance for the Dutch astronomers to apply for these nights. Deadline: 27 January 2014, 11.59 CET. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ing_ico.png"> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 15:00:00 GMT ING Schedules and Time Allocations Semester 2014A Released ING schedules and time allocations for semester 2014A already available online. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ing_ico.png"> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 10:00:00 GMT Merry Christmas and Happy New Year http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/sh2-71.html The staff of the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/xmas/xmas2013s.jpg"> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 09:00:00 GMT Planetary Nebula Sh2-71 http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/sh2-71.html INT WFC image of Planetary Nebula Sh2-71. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/Sh2-71_Ha-R-OIII_v3ss.jpg"> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 18:00:00 GMT NGC660 Galaxy Through the Eyes of the New PFIP Red+4 Detector http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ngc660.html NGC660 Galaxy Through the Eyes of the New PFIP Red+4 Detector. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ngc660_ss.jpg"> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT The Isaac Newton Telescope Contributes to Near Earth Asteroid Research http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/NEAs.html The Isaac Newton Telescope Contributes to Near Earth Asteroid Research. Two recently published papers on Near Earth Asteroids (NEAs) demonstrate the increasing role of the Isaac Newton Telescope in precovering, recovering and discovering NEAs. A team of 23 young astronomers, working at ING or elsewhere, and amateur astronomers, led by ING astronomer Ovidiu Vaduvescu, mined several imaging archives, observed and analysed the data, and eventually became the authors of the papers. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/da14_s.gif"> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 18:00:00 GMT A Cosmic Caterpillar http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/caterpillar.html A cosmic caterpillar - INT contributes to the Hubble Heritage Project. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/caterpillar_s.jpg"> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 22:00:00 GMT WHT and GTC Follow Up Main Belt Comet P/2012 T1 (PANSTARRS) http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/P2012T1.html Some of the 11 known active asteroids originate in the main asteroid belt and thus are known as main belt comets (MBCs), one of the last discovered being P/2012 T1 (PANSTARRS). Thanks to the possibility of target-of-opportunity observations at the WHT and GTC, a team of Spanish astronomers followed up its evolution and revealed the origin of its cometary activity. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/P2012T1-PFIP_s.jpg"> Thu, 5 Sep 2013 11:00:00 GMT CANARY's Laser Launch http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/canary_photo.html Fri, 30 Aug 2013 17:00:00 GMT Announcement of Opportunity for Observing Time in Semester 2014A http://www.ing.iac.es/Astronomy/observing/2014A-AO.pdf Mon, 19 Aug 2013 11:00:00 GMT ING Hosts the 11th NEON Observing School, 2013 http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/neon2013.html ING hosts the 11th NEON Observing School from July 14 to July 27, 2013. NEON stands for the Network of European Observatories in the North. The NEON Observing Schools are supported by OPTICON. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/neon1_ico.jpg"> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 10:00:00 GMT ING Schedules and Time Allocations Semester 2013B Released Thu, 20 Jun 2013 16:00:00 GMT The Rapid Assembly of an Elliptical Galaxy at a Redshift of 2.3 http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/rapid.html A rare encounter between two gas-rich galaxies indicates a solution to the problem of how giant elliptical galaxies developed so quickly in the early universe and why they stopped producing stars soon after. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/liris12_s.jpg"> Tue, 28 May 2013 11:00:00 GMT Discovery of the First Isolated Compact Elliptical (cE) Galaxy http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/isolated.html Astronomers have used the ACAM instrument on the William Herschel Telescope in the discovery of a unique, isolated, compact elliptical galaxy. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/isolated_ico.jpg"> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 18:00:00 GMT A Dust-Obscured Massive Maximum-Starburst Galaxy in the Early Universe http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/hfls3.html Astronomers of the Herschel Multi-tiered Extragalactic Survey (HerMES) project announce in the journal Nature the discovery of an unusually massive, maximum-starburst galaxy at a redshift of 6.34, or when the Universe was only 880 million years old. Because current theories of galaxy formation and evolution predict smaller galaxies with slower rates of star production in the early Universe, the detection of such a galaxy is challenging. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/hfls3_ico.jpg"> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 14:00:00 GMT Elephant's Trunk Nebula http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/elephant.html A New View of the Elephant's Trunk Nebula. <br><a href="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/IC1396_full_ss.jpg"> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 12:00:00 GMT The 2013 Call of the ING Studentship Programme Now Open http://www.ing.iac.es/astronomy/science/studentship.html The 2013 call of the ING Studentship Programme is open until the 7th of April. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/student2_ico.png"> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 19:00:00 GMT Accretion on a Very Rapidly Spinning White Dwarf Observed Using an L3CCD http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/v455.html Recent William Herschel Telescope observations have revealed a new view of the accretion process in V455 And, an intermediate polar with a very rapidly spinning white dwarf. This white dwarf, which is a star that is only as large as the Earth but about half as massive as the Sun, spins around its axis in just over one minute, and is the third fastest-spinning white dwarf known. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/Fig1_Beardmore_ss.jpg"> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 21:00:00 GMT Two new ING technical notes on arc maps have been published http://www.ing.iac.es/astronomy/observing/manuals/man_tn.html No 135 Arc maps for the CuAr and CuNe lamps when used with ACAM/AUXCAM http://www.ing.iac.es/astronomy/observing/manuals/ps/tech_notes/tn135.pdf ]]> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:00:00 GMT Announcement of Opportunity for Observing Time in Semester 2013B http://www.ing.iac.es/Astronomy/observing/2013B-AO.pdf Mon, 18 Feb 2013 19:00:00 GMT Professor Vikram Dhillon is Awarded the 2013 RAS Jackson-Gwilt Medal for the Development and Operation of ULTRACAM http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ultracam.html ULTRACAM is an ultra-fast, triple-beam CCD camera designed to study astrophysics on the fastest timescales. The instrument was built by a consortium involving the Universities of Sheffield (Vik Dhillon), Warwick (Tom Marsh) and the UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Edinburgh. It saw first light on the 4.2-m William Herschel Telescope (WHT) on La Palma in 2002. The large quantity of observing time awarded to ULTRACAM (totalling one year of nights over the last decade) on some of the world's largest telescopes is testament to the competitiveness of the science performed with the instrument. <br><img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ucam2_ss.jpg"> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 09:00:00 GMT Call for Proposals to be supported via the OPTICON Trans-National Access Programme http://www.astro-opticon.org/fp7/tna/opticon_call_new.html The OPTICON common TAC call for EU supported access to telescopes in semester 2013B has been opened. It will close at exactly 23:59 UT on 28th February 2013. The announcement is here: http://www.astro-opticon.org/fp7/tna/opticon_call_new.html <br> <img src=http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/opticon_ico.png> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 16:00:00 GMT Probing Nuclear Activity Versus Star Formation Using Near-Infrared Multi-Object Spectroscopy http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/nuclearstar.html Mon, 4 Feb 2013 11:00:00 GMT SAURON Team Gets the 2013 Group Achievement Award of the Royal Astronomical Society http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/sauron.html On Friday 11 January 2013 the Royal Astronomical Society (UK) awarded the 2013 RAS Group award to the SAURON team. SAURON is an integral field spectrograph with a 33 x 44 arcseconds field of view at the 4.2m William Herschel Telescope. Although it can be used for other astrophysical investigations, the particular science focus of the team that set up the SAURON project was understanding the evolution of elliptical galaxies, via detailed observations of samples of nearby examples of these objects. <br> <img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/sauron_s.jpg"> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 09:00:00 GMT Call for proposals to the CCI's International Time Programme Wed, 23 Jan 2013 08:00:00 GMT Web pages of the Isaac Newton Telescope http://www.ing.iac.es/Astronomy/telescopes/int/ Fri, 18 Jan 2013 09:00:00 GMT Imaging Polarimetry of Circumstellar Environments with ExPo http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/expo.html Tue, 25 Dec 2012 17:00:00 GMT A Hypergiant Star (Partially) Traversing the Yellow Evolutionary Void http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/yellowvoid.html Tue, 25 Dec 2012 14:00:00 GMT ING Schedules 2013A Released http://catserver.ing.iac.es/schedules/ We have now released the 2013A schedules for the WHT and INT, which can be found on: http://catserver.ing.iac.es/schedules/ (select semester '13A' then click on 'SUBMIT'). The PIs have been informed individually about their allocations, which are listed on: http://catserver.ing.iac.es/schedules/index.php?action=allocations Fri, 14 Dec 2012 12:00:00 GMT First Evidence of the Relation Between Jets in Planetary Nebulae and Mass Transfer and Accretion in Close Binaries http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/necklace.html The formation of asymmetric structures such as rings and jets in planetary nebulae (PNe) has been a matter of debate for a long time. The most popular hypothesis is that these features are produced in interacting binaries. Using data obtained with ACAM imager and spectrograph on the William Herschel Telescope, for the first time astronomers have been able to reliably relate jet ejections to mass transfer and accretion in a close binary in a planetary nebula. <br> <img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/necklace_ico.jpg"> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 12:00:00 GMT A 3D View of the Remnant of Nova Persei 1901 http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/gkper.html GK Per (Nova Persei 1901) nova remnant is the result of a remarkable nearby nova exploded in 1901 which reached the brightness of the star Vega at its maximum. It was the first object around which, superluminal light echoes where observed. The actual ejecta of the outburst became visible 15 years later in 1916. Ever since, the ejecta has been monitored in several wavelengths in narrow- and broad-band filters. This study shows that the nova ejecta is a thick knotty shell in which knots expand with a significant range of velocities. A movie shows the evolution of the remnant from 1953 to 2011 using data mainly from the INT/WFC and INT/IDS. <br> <img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/gkper_ico.jpg"> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 10:00:00 GMT Astronomy Advisory Panel Draft Report - Community Input Sought https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DWNBN2Z STFC recently circulated the Astronomy Advisory Panel's draft report for the upcoming STFC programmatic review. STFC requests feedback on this draft via the <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DWNBN2Z">linked web form</a>. Please note the deadline, NOON OF THURSDAY 25 OCTOBER. With this late reminder, I strongly encourage all ING users who have not yet responded to provide their input via the web form. ING welcomes the report's consistent emphasis on the desirability of maintaining diversity of facilities in the run-up to E-ELT and SKA, and on the importance of future UK access to a powerful MOS. <p> However, current and future ING users may be concerned that two critical issues receive little attention in this report. Firstly, there is almost no discussion of the requirement to maintain Northern-hemisphere access for UK optical observers. Secondly, no mention is made of a clear path that exists for providing UK users with Northern MOS access (highlighted on p16 as being required for 3 out of 7 science areas), namely via the planned WEAVE spectrograph on the WHT (2-deg field, 1000 fibres). <p> If the report does not reflect your views about these issues, or others, we encourage you to provide feedback on the above link. We are very grateful for the support you have given in the past to the continued involvement of the UK in the ING. Your contribution is very important for the success of the process. <p> Many thanks in advance, <p> Marc Balcells<br> Director ING Wed, 24 Oct 2012 20:00:00 GMT The Cold Veil of the Milky Way Stellar Halo http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/mwhalo.html Fri, 21 Sep 2012 18:00:00 GMT Quantum Teleportation Experiment Sets a New Record http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/quantum.html Physicists at the University of Vienna and the Austrian Academy of Sciences have successfully transmitted quantum states between La Palma (from the Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope) and Tenerife, over a record distance of 143 km. This experiment provides the basis for a worldwide information network, in which quantum mechanical effects enable the exchange of messages with greater security, and allow certain calculations to be performed more efficiently than with conventional technologies. In such a future 'quantum internet', quantum teleportation will be a key protocol for the transmission of information between quantum computers. <br> <img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/OGS_ico2.jpg"> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 15:00:00 GMT The Transiting Earth http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/earthtransit.html Wed, 12 Sep 2012 11:00:00 GMT "Light Years" Exhibit http://www.universoeugeniabalcells.com/ "Light Years" is an exhibit where art and science join efforts to take the understanding of the Universe to the public. The exhibit is actually a light-year astronomical journey through the Universe and its chemical components. It will be open to the public in Madrid from the 18th of September to the 18th of November 2012. ING has closely collaborated with the artist, Eugenia Balcells. Don't miss it ! Tue, 11 Sep 2012 12:00:00 GMT ING User Input Sought for the STFC Programmatic Review http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/stfcpr2012.html As part of its Programmatic Review, the UK funding agency STFC seeks input from facility users on science and facility priorities, including the ING. <br> <img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/stfclogo.gif"> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 17:00:00 GMT INT and M74 featured in Deep Sky Videos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awOJUrvB6GQ A new release from Deep Sky Videos, this time about the Isaac Newton Telescope and M74 galaxy: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awOJUrvB6GQ">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awOJUrvB6GQ</a> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 17:00:00 GMT The Nature of the Driving Source of the HH30 Jet/Counterjet System http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/hh30.html The Herbig-Haro object 30 (HH30) is located in the L1551 dark cloud, at a distance of about 140 parsec, in the Taurus star-forming region. HH30 is considered a prototypical jet-disk system driven by a young stellar object (YSO). The impressive jet/counterjet structure extends several arcminutes in both directions from the exciting source, and shows an undulating morphology in the narrow-band [SII] images. Astronomers using ACAM at the William Herschel Telescope have been able to obtain a deep image of the HH30 field and have found an interesting explanation for the jet/counterjet system. <br> <img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/hh30_rss.jpg"> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 14:00:00 GMT The Kepler-INT Survey http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/kis.html The Kepler-INT Survey is a deep 5-filter optical survey of the Kepler field, made with the Wide Field Camera on the Isaac Newton Telescope. The observing strategy and data reduction method are identical with those used in the IPHAS and UVEX galactic plane surveys and involves scientists from all ING partner communities. <br> <img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/KIS.png"> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 23:00:00 GMT Call for Proposals to be supported via the OPTICON Trans-National Access Programme http://www.astro-opticon.org/fp7/tna/opticon_call_new.html Thu, 2 Aug 2012 11:00:00 GMT Grubb Parsons web site https://sites.google.com/site/grubbparsons/home Sun, 29 Jul 2012 18:00:00 GMT Job Opportunity: Optical Engineer http://www.ing.iac.es/about-ING/Vacancies/vacancies1.html Fri, 27 Jul 2012 09:00:00 GMT Winner of UK's National Science and Engineering Competition visits the ING http://www.nationalsciencecompetition.org/ Kirtana Vallabhaneni, winner of UK's "National Science and Engineering Competition" was awarded to visit the ING telescopes and others at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory. Today she spent the day talking to astronomers, learning about the different telescopes and projects and touring seven facilities on site. <br> <img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/kirtana.jpg"> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 19:00:00 GMT Workshop: "La Palma and Calar Alto Observatories, Science in the Next Decade", contributions available http://www.iac.es/congreso/isapp2012/ Today the attendants to the conference "Cosmic Microwave Background and High Energy Physics", organised by the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias on La Palma, visited the William Herschel Telescope. More information on the conference can be found here: http://www.iac.es/congreso/isapp2012/ Sat, 21 Jul 2012 18:00:00 GMT Workshop: "La Palma and Calar Alto Observatories, Science in the Next Decade", contributions available http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ria2012con.html Contributions from workshop: "La Palma and Calar Alto Observatories, Science in the Next Decade" (Madrid, 22-23 March 2012) already available. <br> <img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ria_ico.png"> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 11:00:00 GMT Two time opportunities from the Spanish time allocation committee (CAT) http://www.iac.es/cat/pages/cat-nocturno/es/presentacion/tiempo-del-director.php Thu, 05 Jul 2012 10:00:00 GMT ING Observing Schedule and Allocations 12B Available Fri, 08 Jun 2012 13:00:00 GMT Masgomas-1: A Very Massive Stellar Cluster http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/masgomas.html Wed, 23 May 2012 16:00:00 GMT The World's Greatest Telescopes http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/astronomy.html The William Herschel Telescope takes pride of place on the front cover of Astronomy magazine's special summer 2012 issue. This issue is a picture-packed guided tour of the world's major observatories, highlighting the beauty of the locations as much as the scientific achievements. It includes an article about the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on La Palma, written by ING staff Chris Benn, Javier Mendez and Marc Balcells. <br> <img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/astronomy_ico.jpg"> Fri, 18 May 2012 11:00:00 GMT NGC 2359 Nebula http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ngc2359.html This is an image of NGC 2359, better known as the Thor's Helmet nebula, obtained using the Wide-Field Camera on the Isaac Newton Telescope. NGC 2359 is actually more like an interstellar bubble, blown as a fast wind from the bright, massive star near the bubble's center sweeps through a surrounding molecular cloud. The central star is an extremely hot giant Wolf-Rayet star thought to be in a brief, pre-supernova stage of evolution. <br> <img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/81_ene12_thor_ico.jpg"> Tue, 08 May 2012 10:00:00 GMT Astronomy Field Trip by University of Sheffield Students http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/sheffield.html A group of 8 Sheffield MPhys students visited La Palma for one week to undertake their third-year astronomy project using pt5m, the Durham-Sheffield 0.5m robotic telescope on the roof of the WHT. The trip, which was led by Professor Vik Dhillon, was a great success and will hopefully now be an annual fixture in the Sheffield Astrophysics MPhys degree programme. <br> <img src="http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/sheffield2.jpg"> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 17:00:00 GMT Under the Dark Halo Old Galaxies Have Many More Stars http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/darkhalo.html Thu, 26 Apr 2012 12:00:00 GMT IC 1396 Nebula http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ic1396.html Fri, 16 Mar 2012 20:00:00 GMT Riding the Wake of a Merging Galaxy Cluster http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/oasis.html Sat, 10 Mar 2012 20:00:00 GMT Workshop: La Palma and Calar Alto Observatories, Science in the Next Decade http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ria2012.html Mon, 13 Feb 2012 12:00:00 GMT ING Science Strategy 2013 - 2022 Released http://www.ing.iac.es/about-ING/strategy/strategy_2013_2022.html Mon, 13 Feb 2012 09:00:00 GMT Announcement of Opportunity for Observing Time in Semester 2012B http://www.ing.iac.es/Astronomy/observing/2012B-AO.pdf Fri, 10 Feb 2012 12:00:00 GMT Input from UK Users Sought for STFC Science Board Review http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/stfcin.html Fri, 10 Feb 2012 09:00:00 GMT Call for Proposals to be supported via the OPTICON Trans-National Access Programme http://www.astro-opticon.org/fp7/tna/opticon_call.html Tue, 31 Jan 2012 20:00:00 GMT Call for Proposals to the CCI's International Time Programme on the Canary Islands Fri, 20 Jan 2012 19:00:00 GMT Call for Service Proposals with WHT/ULTRACAM http://www.ing.iac.es/astronomy/observing/ULTRACAM.pdf Wed, 28 Dec 2011 12:00:00 GMT Best Wishes From La Palma! http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/xmas2011.html Tue, 20 Dec 2011 10:00:00 GMT JKT Announcement of Opportunity http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/jkt.html Mon, 10 Oct 2011 10:00:00 GMT The ING Telescopes Contribute to the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/scp.html Tue, 4 Oct 2011 21:00:00 GMT Announcement of Opportunity for Observing Time in Semester 2012A http://www.ing.iac.es/Astronomy/observing/2012A-AO.pdf Fri, 12 Aug 2011 12:00:00 GMT Call for Proposals to be supported via the OPTICON Trans-National Access Programme http://www.astro-opticon.org/fp7/tna/opticon_call_new.html Thu, 25 Aug 2011 10:00:00 GMT The ATLAS 3D Project: Replacing the Handle of Hubbles Tuning Fork http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/atlas3d.html Mon, 20 Jun 2011 16:00:00 GMT Discovery of a New Class of Supernovae http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/slsne.html Thu, 9 Jun 2011 11:00:00 GMT UK Parliamentary Inquiry into Astronomy http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/parlia3.html Wed, 01 Jun 2011 19:00:00 GMT Wide-Field Multi-Object Spectrograph WEAVE Proposed for WHT Prime Focus http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/weave.html Sun, 29 May 2011 18:00:00 GMT ING Joins Efforts with GTC to Discover a Galactic Black Hole http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/galacticBH.html Mon, 25 Apr 2011 10:00:00 GMT Galaxy Zoo Supernovae and the WHT http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/SNgalaxyzoo.html Mon, 11 Apr 2011 17:00:00 GMT Call for INT Support and Studentship Applications http://www.ing.iac.es/astronomy/science/studentship.html Mon, 7 Mar 2011 12:00:00 GMT Announcement of Opportunity for Observing Time in Semester 2011B http://www.ing.iac.es/Astronomy/observing/2011B-AO.pdf Tue, 15 Feb 2011 12:00:00 GMT UK Parliamentary Inquiry into Astronomy http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/parlia.html Mon, 07 Feb 2011 20:00:00 GMT Call for Proposals to be supported via the OPTICON Trans-National Access Programme http://www.astro-opticon.org/fp7/tna/opticon_call_new.html Thu, 03 Feb 2011 11:00:00 GMT The Cigar Galaxy http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/m82.html Mon, 21 Feb 2011 16:00:00 GMT CANARY: First On-Sky Demonstration of Multi-Object Adaptive Optics http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/canary.html Wed, 29 Dec 2010 13:00:00 GMT The Veil Nebula http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ngc6992.html Mon, 27 Dec 2010 14:00:00 GMT PLC Technology Reduces Observing Overheads http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/plc.html Fri, 19 Nov 2010 14:00:00 GMT The Crescent Nebula http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/ngc6888.html Sat, 30 Oct 2010 19:00:00 GMT Electron-multiplying CCDs at ING http://www.ing.iac.es/PR/press/emccds.html Wed, 27 Oct 2010 15:00:00 GMT Observing Time Allocations and Schedules http://www.ing.iac.es/Astronomy/observing/patt/time.html Thu, 17 Aug 2006 10:00:00 GMT