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Stellar Patrons Of The Milky Way Bar Identified By Astronomers
2012-12-19 15:03:31

Forget the restaurant at the end of the Universe — astronomers now have the clearest understanding yet of the bar at the center of the Milky Way.

Astronomers Offer High Resolution Image Of Cygnus Loop
2012-12-19 11:05:43

Astronomers combine multiple images to create a wide-field mosaic of the Cygnus Loop, sure to be one of the best images produced this year.

Venus Transit And Lunar Mirror Could Help Find Other Planets
2012-12-14 05:12:06

Astronomers reported in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society that looking at the sunlight reflected off the Moon during the Venus transit this year helped scientists find planets in orbit around other stars.

Vega Star Older Than Previously Thought
2012-12-12 10:00:24

A new study has used an innovative type of telescope to show that the bright north-sky star Vega may be more than 200 million years older than scientists previously believed.

ESO Installs New Instrument Onboard VLT
2012-12-12 07:57:44

The European Southern Observatory has tested out its latest instrument called KMOS on its Very Large Telescope at the Paranal Observatory in Chile.

NASA Gives Fermi Space Telescope Better Vision
2012-12-06 15:31:34

NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is new and improved, and ready to start sending back some images of high-energy light mysteriously produced above thunderstorms.

Carina Nebula Image Ushers In A New ESO Telescope
2012-12-06 10:12:13

A new image released by the European Space Observatory shows off a spectacular view of the star-forming Carina Nebula, and is being released right in time for an inauguration.

Astronomers Find Infant Solar System
2012-12-05 14:16:15

The youngest still-forming solar system ever seen has been discovered by astronomers and reported about in the journal Nature.


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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Word of the Day
ultimo
  • In the month which preceded the present; in the last month, as distinguished from the current or present month and all others.
  • In the month which preceded the present; in the last month, as distinguished from the current or present month and all others.
The word 'ultimo' comes from the Latin phrase 'ultimo mense', 'in the last month'.
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