ESO (European Southern Observatory) is the preeminent inter-governmental organization focused on astronomy and technology headquartered in Garching, Germany. ESO operates La Silla Paranal Observatory in Chile. The flagship facility is the Very Large Telescope (VLT) on top of the Paranal Mountain. The VLT sets the standard for ground-based optical and infrared astronomy and the data it produces are used every day in scientific publications. The next step for ESO is Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array (ALMA), an inter-continental effort with North America, East Asia and Chile expected to be completed by 2012. The next generation VLT in the planning stages is the Extremely Large optical/infrared Telescope with a primary mirror between 30m and 60m that will make visible the earth-like planets around other stars.

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Galaxy-wide echoes from the past

(—A new galaxy class has been identified using observations from ESO's Very Large Telescope, the Gemini South telescope, and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. Nicknamed 'green bean galaxies' because of their ...

dateDec 05, 2012 in Astronomy
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Even brown dwarfs may grow rocky planets

(—Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array have for the first time found that the outer region of a dusty disc encircling a brown dwarf contains millimetre-sized solid grains like those ...

dateNov 30, 2012 in Astronomy
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Stars ancient and modern?

(—This colourful view of the globular star cluster NGC 6362 was captured by the Wide Field Imager attached to the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile. This new picture, along with ...

dateOct 31, 2012 in Astronomy
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Earth-sized planet found just outside solar system

(—European astronomers have discovered a planet with about the mass of the Earth orbiting a star in the Alpha Centauri system—the nearest to Earth. It is also the lightest exoplanet ever discovered around a star ...

dateOct 16, 2012 in Astronomy
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