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Starburst Galaxy M82 - An Up Close And Personal Look
2013-12-10 04:23:24

Astronomers have managed to get an up close and personal look at the nearby starburst galaxy M82, detecting concentrations of dense molecular gas surrounding regions of intense star formation and streams of material exiting the galaxy’s disk.

ESO Names Roberto Tamai As E-ELT Programme Manager
2013-12-09 19:35:22

The ESO Council, at its meeting this week in Garching, has approved the appointment of Roberto Tamai as Programme Manager for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), effective 1 February 2014.

Rob Ivison Is Next ESO Director for Science
2013-12-09 19:29:17

The ESO Council, at its meeting this week in Garching, has approved the appointment of Rob Ivison as the next ESO Director for Science. Ivison will take up his post on 31 March 2014.

ESO’s Garching Headquarters Officially Unveil New Buildings
2013-12-05 06:42:18

On 4 December 2013, at ESO Headquarters in Garching bei München, Germany, an official inauguration ceremony was held for the new office extension.

ESO Receives Donation Of Planetarium And Visitor Center
2013-12-03 11:04:51

ESO has received a donation of a planetarium and visitor center at the site of its Headquarters in Garching bei München, Germany.

Fiery Drama Of Star Birth And Stellar Death
2013-11-27 07:05:14

This new image shows clouds of gas and dust where hot new stars are being born and are sculpting their surroundings into odd shapes. But the image also shows the effects of stellar death — filaments created by a supernova explosion.

ESO To Announce New Planetarium And Exhibition Center In Bavaria
2013-11-21 12:51:27

On 3 December 2013 at 11:00 CET, ESO will host a press conference in Garching bei München, Germany, to announce plans to build an exhibition center and planetarium at the ESO Headquarters in Bavaria.

Spectacular Stellar Landscape Painted With Young Stars
2013-11-13 13:50:28

Astronomers at ESO have captured the best image so far of the curious clouds around the star cluster NGC 3572.

Throes Of Stellar Birth Revealed As Never Before
2013-11-12 04:04:45

The bubbly birth of a bouncing baby star has been revealed by observations Spitzer and the newly completed Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array in Chile.

ESO Celebrates 50 Years Of Relationship With Chile
2013-11-11 06:31:56

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the start of a very fruitful relationship between ESO and Chile that has allowed both European and Chilean astronomy to push the boundaries of science, technology and culture forward into the future.


Latest European Southern Observatory Reference Libraries

Very Large Telescope
2004-10-19 04:45:43

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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2004-10-19 04:45:40

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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2004-10-19 04:45:40

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
dingle
  • A small wooded valley; a dell.
  • The protecting weather-shed built around the entrance to a house.
  • The roofed-over space between the kitchen and the sleeping-quarters in a logging-camp, commonly used as a storeroom.
The word 'dingle' comes from Middle English dell, hollow.
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