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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.

Astronomers Catch Distant Galaxy Snacking On Gas
2013-07-04 13:01:16

Astronomers were able to catch a distant galaxy in the act of snacking on nearby gas while using the European Space Observatory's Very Large Telescope.

Kickstarter Telescope Exceeds Goal
2013-07-02 10:30:55

Through the popular crowd-funding site Kickstarter, space prospecting company Planetary Resources was able to raise over $1 million to build and launch Arkyd – a publicly accessible orbiting telescope.

Hidden Universe Film Premiers IMAX 3D
2013-07-01 12:59:30

Filmmakers have developed a 3D production for IMAX theaters displaying some of the greatest high-resolution structures in the universe.

Gas Giant Exoplanets Close To Parent Stars
2013-06-28 09:34:28

Results from the Gemini Observatory’s recently completed Planet-Finding Campaign reveal the outlying orbital space around many types of stars is largely devoid of gas-giant planets, which appear to remain close to their parent stars.

Galactic Raw Material Plays Crucial Role In Star Formation
2013-06-25 08:28:48

New observations using an Australian telescope have offered up evidence of the raw material that played a part in forming some of the first stars in galaxies when the Universe was just three billion years old.

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


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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