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Mobile App Kiwaka Brings The Universe Closer With ESO Images And Videos
2014-06-09 03:57:49

ESO A new iPhone and iPad app named Kiwaka has been released today. Developed by the mobile app company LANDKA, in partnership with ESO and other leading scientific organizations, it is an “edutaining” app — combining education and entertainment — fusing gaming and learning about astronomy. Kiwaka is aimed at a broad audience and displays ESO imagery to delve deeper into interesting astronomical objects. Users will be provided with links to ESO content where they can explore the...

SPHERE first light
2014-06-04 08:00:35

ESO Revolutionary new VLT instrument installed SPHERE — the Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch instrument — has been installed on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory in Chile and has achieved first light. This powerful new facility for finding and studying exoplanets uses multiple advanced techniques in combination. It offers dramatically better performance than existing instruments and has produced impressive views of dust discs around...

2014-01-02 23:24:01

Tony Houlihan has graduated with honors from the award-winning professional school of chocolate arts, Ecole Chocolat. San Diego, CA (PRWEB) January 02, 2014 This holiday season comes with a great accomplishment for Earth Source Organics’ warehouse manager Tony Houlihan, who is now a fully certified chocolatier. After over two years of hard work and dedication with the company, Tony expanded his professional training through completion of a chocolatier program and formal certification at...

ESO Receives Donation Of Planetarium And Visitor Center
2013-12-03 11:04:51

ESO ESO has accepted a donation offered by the Klaus Tschira Stiftung to fund the construction of a new planetarium and visitor center at the premises of the ESO Headquarters at Garching bei München, Germany. The new center will be supported by operational funding from ESO and is designed to inspire people to look up at the stars, and teach people about the importance of astronomy and its effects on our day-to-day lives. The Klaus Tschira Stiftung is a non-profit organization...

ESO To Announce New Planetarium And Exhibition Center In Bavaria
2013-11-21 12:51:27

ESO On 3 December 2013 at 11:00 CET, ESO will host a press conference in Garching bei München, Germany, to announce plans to build an exhibition center and planetarium at the ESO Headquarters in Bavaria. The new building for the popularization of astronomy is being funded through a donation from the Klaus Tschira Stiftung, a German foundation that supports the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science. The new center will be supported by operational funding from ESO and is...

Latest Issue Of Science In School Available Now
2013-10-14 09:05:35

ESO The latest issue of the free magazine Science in School is now available online and in print. The European journal, dedicated to the interests of science teachers and educators, offers numerous science articles and activities to help inspire and encourage school-aged students. Some of the highlights of this issue include the cover story, which looks at the phenomenon of zoonotic infections, an article on how scientists can use cosmic rays to investigate the inner workings of...

You Are Invited To Join In On European Researchers’ Night
2013-09-18 12:31:23

ESA CERN, ESA, ESO and UNESCO in partnership with the Italian Institute of Astrophysics invite the public to Origins 2013, an exceptional event taking place simultaneously in Geneva, Paris and Bologna on European Researchers’ Night, 27 September. People around the world are invited to follow the event live through a webcast to celebrate the achievements of particle physics and astrophysics. Together, these research areas address fundamental questions linked to our origins, from the...

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...

Very Large Telescope Celebrates 15 Years
2013-05-23 05:39:29

[ Video 1 ] | [ Video 2 ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Southern Observatory (ESO) is celebrating 15 years of success for its Very Large Telescope (VLT). ESO released an image taken by astronomers using VLT of a pink gas cloud known as IC 2944. The image resembles drops of ink floating in a strawberry cocktail, showing one of the interstellar clouds of dust and gas softly glowing pink. VLT's image is the sharpest view of the cosmic object ever...

European High-level Delegations Visit ESO's Paranal Observatory
2013-01-28 11:21:05

ESO Several high-level European delegations visited ESO's Paranal Observatory in northern Chile over the past few days, following the Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States—European Union (CELAC—EU). The summit, which is the biggest such event ever organized by Chile, took place in Santiago during the week of 22—28 January 2013. ESO had a starring role in the event and it was an excellent opportunity for it to show its work and facilities to...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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