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Powerful 3D Spectrograph Successfully Installed On ESO’s Very Large Telescope
2014-03-05 10:17:58

[ Watch The Video: MUSE Views the Unusual Galaxy NGC 4650A ] ESO A new innovative instrument called MUSE (Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer) has been successfully installed on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory in northern Chile. MUSE has observed distant galaxies, bright stars and other test targets during the first period of very successful observations. Following testing and preliminary acceptance in Europe in September 2013, MUSE was shipped to...

Contract Signed To Start Construction For European Extremely Large Telescope
2013-12-11 06:27:00

ESO At a ceremony at ESO’s Vitacura offices in Santiago on 9 December 2013 the ESO Director General, Tim de Zeeuw, and senior representatives of the Chilean company ICAFAL Ingeniería y Construcción S.A., signed a contract for the construction of a road to the summit of Cerro Armazones, the leveling of the top of the mountain and additional civil works. The ceremony was also attended by representatives of the ESO project team. Cerro Armazones will be the site of the 39-meter European...

ESO Names Roberto Tamai As E-ELT Programme Manager
2013-12-09 19:35:22

ESO The ESO Council, at its meeting this week in Garching, has approved the appointment of Roberto Tamai as Programme Manager for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), effective 1 February 2014. Roberto replaces Alistair McPherson who has very successfully steered the E-ELT project through its early stages. Alistair is returning to the United Kingdom as Deputy Director General/Head of Project for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), based at Jodrell Bank near Manchester....

ESO’s Garching Headquarters Officially Unveil New Buildings
2013-12-05 06:42:18

ESO On 4 December 2013, at ESO Headquarters in Garching bei München, Germany, an official inauguration ceremony was held for the new office extension. This celebration was attended by members of the ESO Council, local authorities, the architects Auer+Weber+Assoziierte, the general contractor BAM Deutschland AG and the ESO management team. The unveiling of the extension marks an important day in ESO’s history as it will not only bring all of ESO’s Garching staff together on one...

Chilean President Announces Transfer Of Land For The European Extremely Large Telescope
2013-10-28 07:01:18

ESO At a ceremony held yesterday at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in the Chilean Atacama Desert the President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, handed over the recently signed legal documents by which the Chilean government will transfer the land around Cerro Armazones to ESO. Cerro Armazones, a 3060-meter peak 20 kilometers from the site of ESO’s Very Large Telescope on Cerro Paranal, will be the future home of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). President Piñera was received...

ESO Calendar 2014 Available Now
2013-10-14 09:49:55

ESO The European Southern Observatory’s 2014 calendar is now available to buy from the ESO online shop, or to download as a free PDF file. The calendar’s cover features a spectacular image of the Carina Nebula captured by the VLT Survey Telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile. The calendar itself is packed full of images of the cosmos as well as pictures of the ESO telescopes in the desolate landscapes of the Atacama Desert. Highlights include a landscape picture for...

Trailer for IMAX 3D Hidden Universe Released
2013-10-14 09:36:07

Watch The Trailer: Trailer for the IMAX® 3D Movie Hidden Universe ESO If you are still not looking for a theater location nearby to watch the 3D production Hidden Universe, we invite you to take a look at this trailer to see what you are missing out. Recorded last October at several locations, including Paranal in Chile, the site of ESO’s Very Large Telescope, and at the site of the ALMA Observatory, the film combines live action scenes with 3D versions of celestial objects,...

European Astronomy Journalism Prize 2013 Expanded
2013-06-04 11:11:21

Science and Technology Facilities Council The European Astronomy Journalism Prize 2013 launched today has been expanded to now include entries from Europe and South America. The competition is run by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO), in conjunction with the Association of British Science Writers and the Royal Astronomical Society. “Astronomy is a global research discipline, and excites and inspires millions of...

The Crown Prince Couple Of Denmark Visits ESO's Paranal Observatory
2013-03-15 13:09:14

ESO The Crown Prince Couple of Denmark visited ESO´s Paranal Observatory during their official visit to Chile. The Observatory is located 130 kilometers south of Antofagasta, in the heart of Chile´s Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world. At a height of 2635 meters above sea level, Paranal is the site of the Very Large Telescope (VLT), the world´s most advanced optical instrument dedicated to astronomical research. On arrival, The Crown Prince Frederik and The...

ESO’s Paranal Observatory To Be Visited By The Crown Prince Couple of Denmark
2013-02-26 13:19:56

ESO On 14 March 2013, His Royal Highness, The Crown Prince of Denmark, will visit ESO´s Paranal Observatory in Chile accompanied by his wife, Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess. Denmark has been member of ESO since 1967, and the visit is part of the Crown Prince Couple´s official visit to Chile which will showcase several important cultural, industrial, health, environmental and scientific links between Denmark and Chile. The Crown Prince Couple will be meeting the press...


Latest Cerro Paranal Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:43

Very Large Telescope -- The Very Large Telescope (VLT) consist of four optical telescopes that have 8.4 meter aperture. The VLT is a project of the European Southern Observatory organization. It is located at the Paranal Observatory on Cerro Paranal, a 2,635-m high mountain in the Atacama desert in northern Chile. The VLT consists of a cluster four of large telescopes, and an interferometer (VLTI) which will be used to resolve fine features. The telescopes have been named after the...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Overwhelmingly Large Telescope -- The European Southern Observatory has undertaken a concept study for the next generation of ground-based Extremely Large Telescopes (ELTs). Dubbed OWL, ESO's concept is conceived as a 100 m. diameter optical and near-infrared, adaptive telescope. With milliarc second resolution and limiting magnitude V~38, OWL will be capable of imaging solar system objects at resolutions comparable to that offered by space probes, over much longer time scales. It...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

European Southern Observatory -- ESO, the European Southern Observatory, was created in 1962 to: "establish and operate an astronomical observatory in the southern hemisphere, equipped with powerful instruments, with the aim of furthering and organising collaboration in astronomy". ESO is supported by Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom. Other countries have expressed interest to become a member as well. ESO...

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