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Latest ESO's La Silla Observatory Stories

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2014-07-23 10:22:45

In this striking new image from ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile young stars huddle together against a backdrop of clouds of glowing gas and lanes of dust.

Image 1 - HARPS Finds Fifty New Exoplanets
2011-09-12 12:45:58

Astronomers using ESO’s world-leading exoplanet hunter HARPS have today announced a rich haul of more than 50 new exoplanets, including 16 super-Earths, one of which orbits at the edge of the habitable zone of its star.

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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.

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2011-03-02 06:45:00

This image of NGC 247 reveals the fine details of this highly inclined spiral galaxy and its rich backdrop.

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2011-02-02 10:20:00

The bright galaxy NGC 3621 appears to be a fine example of a classical spiral.

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2010-11-18 13:55:00

Galactic cannibalism brings an exoplanet of extragalactic origin within astronomers' reach.

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2010-11-10 10:25:00

European Southern Observatory astronomers have produced a spectacular new image of the famous Atoms-for-Peace galaxy (NGC 7252).

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2010-09-08 09:20:00

ESO has released a spectacular new image of NGC 300, a spiral galaxy similar to the Milky Way, and located in the nearby Sculptor Group of galaxies.

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2010-06-30 09:05:00

This magnificent view of the region around the star R Coronae Australis was created from images taken with the Wide Field Imager (WFI) at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile.

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2010-06-08 10:12:50

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 approaches: the detection and characterization of planets located outside the Solar System (exoplanets) and the study of comets orbiting around the Sun.


Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.