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Image 1 - Vampire Star Reveals Its Secrets
2011-12-07 05:55:54

Astronomers have obtained the best images ever of a star that has lost most of its material to a vampire companion.

Image 1 - Astronomers Find Fastest Rotating Star Ever
2011-12-06 09:33:42

ESO's Very Large Telescope has picked up the fastest rotating star found so far. This massive bright young star lies in our neighboring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud, about 160 000 light-years from Earth.

Spanish Crown Prince Visits ESO's Paranal Observatory
2011-11-28 11:48:36

On 24 November 2011 ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile was honored by a visit from Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Asturias.

Image 1 - ESO And Chile Sign Agreement On E-ELT
2011-10-14 04:38:38

At a ceremony Thursday in Santiago, Chile the Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alfredo Moreno and ESO’s Director General, Tim de Zeeuw, signed an agreement regarding the European Extremely Large Telescope.

New Funding For European Extremely Large Telescope
2011-10-03 08:21:28

The Science Technology and Facilities Council confirmed that it will provide nearly $5.5 million (US) to UK scientists to develop key instruments for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT.

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2011-08-10 14:12:08

This new picture from ESO’s Very Large Telescope shows NGC 3521, a spiral galaxy located about 35 million light years away in the constellation of Leo (The Lion).

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2011-08-03 06:25:00

ESO’s infrared survey telescope digs deep into star-forming regions in our Milky Way.

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2011-06-23 09:55:00

New image reveals vast nebula around famous supergiant star.

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2011-06-08 10:50:00

The VLT Survey Telescope (VST), the latest addition to ESO’s Paranal Observatory, has made its first release of impressive images of the southern sky.

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2011-04-13 08:25:00

This image of the nebula NGC 3582 shows giant loops of gas bearing a striking resemblance to solar prominences.


Latest Cerro Paranal Reference Libraries

Very Large Telescope
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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Word of the Day
upstander
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.