ESO

Seeing a Stellar Explosion in 3D (w/ Video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have for the first time obtained a three-dimensional view of the distribution of the innermost material expelled by a recently exploded star. ...

Aug 04, 2010
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Brilliant Star in a Colourful Neighbourhood

A spectacular new image from ESO's Wide Field Imager at the La Silla Observatory in Chile shows the brilliant and unusual star WR 22 and its colorful surroundings. WR 22 is a very hot and bright star that ...

Jul 28, 2010
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Black hole blows big bubble

Combining observations made with ESO's Very Large Telescope and NASA's Chandra X-ray telescope, astronomers have uncovered the most powerful pair of jets ever seen from a stellar black hole. This object, also ...

Jul 07, 2010
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R Coronae Australis: A cosmic watercolor (w/ Video)

The star R Coronae Australis lies in one of the nearest and most spectacular star-forming regions. This portrait was taken by the Wide Field Imager (WFI) on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla ...

Jun 30, 2010
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VISTA views the Sculptor Galaxy (w/ Video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- A spectacular new image of the Sculptor Galaxy (NGC 253) has been taken with the ESO VISTA telescope at the Paranal Observatory in Chile as part of one of its first major observational campaigns. ...

Jun 16, 2010
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Exoplanet caught on the move (w/ Video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- Only 12 million years old, or less than three-thousandths of the age of the Sun, Beta Pictoris is 75% more massive than our parent star. It is located about 60 light-years away towards the ...

Jun 10, 2010
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New national telescope at La Silla

A new robotic telescope has had first light at ESO's La Silla Observatory, in Chile. TRAPPIST (TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope) is devoted to the study of planetary systems through two ...

Jun 08, 2010
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A cluster and a sea of galaxies (w/ Video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- A new wide-field image released today by ESO displays many thousands of distant galaxies, and more particularly a large group belonging to the massive galaxy cluster known as Abell 315. As ...

May 05, 2010
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European Extremely Large Telescope site chosen

On April 26, 2010, the ESO Council selected Cerro Armazones as the baseline site for the planned 42-meter European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). Cerro Armazones is a mountain at an altitude of 3060 meters ...

Apr 26, 2010
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Turning Planetary Theory Upside Down (w/ Video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- The discovery of nine new transiting exoplanets is announced today at the RAS National Astronomy Meeting. When these new results were combined with earlier observations of transiting exoplanets ...

Apr 13, 2010
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