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ESO’s VLT Captures Unlikely Pair In Large Magellanic Cloud
2013-08-07 18:32:09

A newly released image from the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope has exposed new details about the Large Magellanic Cloud.

Stunning Solar Images From Big Bear
2013-08-07 08:51:48

New and remarkably detailed photos of the Sun have been obtained by researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s (NJIT) Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO) in Big Bear, California, with the New Solar Telescope (NST).

Super-Jupiter Planet Observed By Astronomers Using the Subaru Telescope
2013-08-06 05:23:10

There are several techniques employed by astronomers to discover planets orbiting distant stars. The most popular techniques seek transits - where a planet will pass directly in front of a star, blocking part of its light.

Exploring Hidden Milky Way
2013-08-01 08:48:11

Understanding how the Milky Way formed is one of the central scientific questions in astronomy. Yet given the scale and complexity of the galaxy, there is a lot to consider.

Age Of Astronomy Big Data Is Already Here
2013-07-23 09:11:39

High-performance computing specialists from Perth’s International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) today became the first users of one of Australia’s leading supercomputing facilities -- the Pawsey Centre -- ahead of its official opening later this year.

TW Hydrae’s Snow Line Offers Insight Into Solar System Formation
2013-07-18 18:16:42

Astronomers at the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope have announced the discovery of a distant solar system’s “snow line” about 175 light years away.

Milky Way Black Hole Rips Apart Gas Cloud
2013-07-17 10:54:47

The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope has helped astronomers catch a supermassive black hole ripping apart a gas cloud for the first time.

Aircraft Telescope Images Ring Of Dust Surrounding Black Hole
2013-07-10 13:34:10

Astronomers using a telescope attached to a modified Boeing 747SP aircraft have captured new images of a ring of gas and dust seven light-years in diameter surrounding the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way.

ALMA Scan Reveals Embryonic Star Formation
2013-07-10 05:07:12

Astronomers used ESO's Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter array to gain one of the best views yet of a star in the process of forming.

Searching For Water Around Other Stars
2013-07-05 04:46:26

Astronomers search for planets using several different techniques; the most popular of which is to measure how a star "wobbles." As the surrounding planets orbit the star, their gravitational fields will cause the star to shift back and forth in response.


Latest European Southern Observatory Reference Libraries

Very Large Telescope
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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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La Silla Observatory -- La Silla is a 2400-m mountain, bordering the southern extremity of the Atacama desert in Chile. It is located about 160 Km north of La Serena. Its geographical coordinates are: Latitude 29 15' south & Longitude 70 44' west. Originally known as Cinchado, the mountain was renamed La Silla (the saddle) after its shape. It rises quite isolated and remote from any artificial light and dust sources (astronomy's worst enemies). La Silla was the first ESO...

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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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Mount Wilson Observatory -- astronomical observatory located in California on Mt. Wilson, near Pasadena. Mt. Wilson Observatory was founded in 1904 by George E. Hale. Its equipment includes 100-in. (2.5-m) and 60-in. (1.50-m) reflecting telescopes and two solar-tower telescopes 150 ft. (46 m) and 60 ft. (18 m) in length. The most recent addition is the CHARA (Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy) array operated by Georgia State Univ.; it consists of six 39-in. (1-m) aperture...

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  • In costermongers' slang, a cheap red-skinned apple, which is rubbed hard with a cloth to give it the appearance and feeling of an apple of superior quality.
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