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Globular Star Cluster NGC 6362
2012-10-31 06:19:57

This colorful view of the globular star cluster NGC 6362 was captured by the Wide Field Imager attached to the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile.

ESO Celebrates 50 Years Of Observations
2012-10-05 13:20:20

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) is celebrating 50 years since it was founded on October 5, 1962.

6-Hour Webcast For ESO’s 50th Anniversary With Live Very Large Telescope Observations
2012-09-29 10:00:24

On 5 October 2012, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) will broadcast A Day in the Life of ESO, a free, live event on the web, as part of its 50th Anniversary celebrations.

VLT Finds Deceptively Tranquil Blue Galaxy
2012-08-01 06:05:40

About 60 million light-years away, there is a beautiful, tranquil looking blue spiral galaxy named NGC 1187. This galaxy is in the constellation of Eridanus, or The River.

Fourth Summit Of The Pacific Alliance Takes Place At ESO's Paranal Observatory
2012-06-08 03:13:38

The presidents of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru met today at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in the Atacama Desert of Chile, seeing first hand the state-of-the-art telescopes and technology of ESO’s flagship site.

APEX Captures Stunning Image Of Dust Near Orion's Belt
2012-05-02 12:52:36

A new image of the region surrounding the reflection nebula Messier 78, just to the north of Orion’s Belt, shows clouds of cosmic dust threaded through the nebula like a string of pearls.

Image 1 - La Silla Observatory Eyes A Cluster Within A Cluster
2012-04-25 11:47:24

The star cluster NGC 6604 is shown in this new image taken by the Wide Field Imager attached to the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile.

Leading Exoplanet Hunters Awarded Science Prize
2012-02-06 04:00:09

World-renowned Swiss astronomers Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz of the Geneva Observatory have been awarded the 2011 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Basic Sciences for their work on exoplanets.

Image 1 - La Silla Observatory Captures A Pocket Of Star Formation
2012-02-01 11:55:05

This new view shows a stellar nursery called NGC 3324. It was taken using the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile.

Image 1 - El Gordo - Largest Galaxy Cluster In The Early Universe
2012-01-10 13:17:23

An extremely hot, massive young galaxy cluster — the largest ever seen in the distant Universe — has been studied by an international team using ESO’s Very Large Telescope along with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Atacama Cosmology Telescope.


Latest La Silla Observatory Reference Libraries

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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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