ESO

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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The Light and Dark Face of a Star-Forming Nebula

(PhysOrg.com) -- Today, ESO is unveiling an image of the little known Gum 19, a faint nebula that, in the infrared, appears dark on one half and bright on the other. On one side hot hydrogen gas is illuminated ...

Mar 31, 2010
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First temperate exoplanet sized up (w/ Video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- Combining observations from the CoRoT satellite and the ESO HARPS instrument, astronomers have discovered the first “normal” exoplanet that can be studied in great detail. Designated Corot-9b, ...

Mar 17, 2010
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Jupiter's Spot Seen Glowing

(PhysOrg.com) -- New ground-breaking thermal images obtained with ESO’s Very Large Telescope and other powerful ground-based telescopes show swirls of warmer air and cooler regions never seen before within ...

Mar 16, 2010
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