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Black Hole Observed Pushing Matter Away, Rather Than Consuming It
2013-06-20 06:27:46

Observations of a nearby active galaxy using the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile have shown astronomers something they hadn’t expected to see.

Light Sunny Super Earth Discovered
2013-06-12 13:29:54

Researchers writing in the Astrophysical Journal say they have discovered one very light and sunny super-Earth

Kickstarter Telescope Campaign Expanded By Planetary Resources
2013-06-12 07:53:41

Planetary Resources, a company best known for its plans to mine asteroids, is launching an expanded crowdfunding campaign through Kickstarter.

Astronomers Identify New Type Of Variable Star
2013-06-12 05:07:07

Astronomers writing in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics say they have discovered a new type of variable star by measuring minute variations in stellar brightness.

Black Holes Abundant Early Universe
2013-06-06 14:16:28

New data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and NASA’s infrared Spitzer Space Telescope, has revealed that the early Universe may have contained more black holes than previously expected.

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

The European Astronomy Journalism Prize 2013 launched today has been expanded to now include entries from Europe and South America.

Least Massive Exoplanet Outside The Solar System Observed By ESO Telescope
2013-06-03 05:43:49

Astronomers using the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) have imaged possibly the faintest exoplanet so far.

Galaxies Discovered Buried In Dust
2013-06-01 05:33:58

Approximately 80 percent of all unidentifiable millimeter wave signals emitted in the universe actually originate from galaxies, according to new research published in Saturday’s edition of the Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Predicting The End Of Stars Relies On How Much Sodium They Have
2013-05-29 12:58:12

An international team of astronomers published a paper in the journal Nature detailing how the amount of sodium in a star will help predict how its life will end.


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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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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