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Gravitational Lensing Used To Seek Out Most Distant, Active Star Forming Galaxies
2013-05-29 04:53:02

Scientists working with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have discovered the most distant and active star forming galaxies in our universe.

Planetary Resources To Announce Unprecedented Project On May 29th
2013-05-29 12:40:36

Planetary Resources plans to launch the world's first crowdfunded space telescope to provide "unprecedented public access to space."

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

The European Southern Observatory is celebrating 15 years of success for its Very Large Telescope, and has released a stunning new image of a pink gas cloud known as IC 2944.

ESO Planning First Astronomy Camp For Secondary School Students
2013-05-15 09:52:01

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) and its Science Outreach Network is collaborating with the science communication event organizer Sterrenlab to arrange the first ESO Astronomy Camp.

Orion Reveals A Hidden Fiery Ribbon
2013-05-15 05:10:13

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has released a new image of the constellation of Orion showing part of the Orion Molecular Cloud.

PAPER Instrument In The Karoo Producing Ground-breaking Science And Spectacular Cosmic Images
2013-05-10 09:57:52

Scientific studies done with the "PAPER" array, one of the world-class scientific instruments in South Africa's Karoo Radio Astronomy Reserve, is producing ground-breaking science and spectacular cosmic images, resulting in several important articles in top astronomy journals.

Hunting For Alien World's From The Ground
2013-05-10 04:30:35

In the search for life beyond Earth scientists face significant challenges. Given the great distances and faint signatures of the alien worlds that we have found, discovering which ones are even potentially habitable is difficult.

SKA Organization Headquarters Opening Ceremony Paves The Way For World’s Largest Radio Telescope
2013-05-07 13:52:09

Square Kilometre Array Less than a year after the decision to site the revolutionary Square Kilometre Array (SKA) in both Southern Africa and Australia, the SKA Organisation has opened its new international headquarters. In front of an invited audience of local and global dignitaries, scientists and engineers, the UK Minister for Universities and Science the Rt. Hon. David Willetts MP recently opened the building which will be home to the team managing the construction, design and...

Sagittarius A Black Hole To Devour Hot Molecular Gas
2013-05-07 12:42:37

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Herschel spacecraft has revealed that the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A at the center of our galaxy is about to get a taste of some hot molecular gas.

Danish Telescope Captures Breathtaking Image Of Star-Forming Region
2013-05-02 13:53:56

The Danish 1.54-metre telescope located at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile has released a new image of the star-forming region NGC 6559.


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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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