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

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Southern Observatory (ESO) is celebrating 50 years since it was founded on October 5, 1962. The signing of the ESO Convention and the founding of ESO was the culmination of the dream of leading astronomers from five European countries, including Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden. These astronomers decided to join forces with the goal of building a large telescope that would give them great access to...

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. There will be live observations from ESO´s flagship observatory, the Very Large Telescope (VLT), on Cerro Paranal in Chile´s Atacama Desert, as well as fascinating talks from astronomers at ESO´s Headquarters in Germany. Members of the public are invited to ask questions in advance of the event, or...

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

Video: Panning Across Spiral Galaxy NGC 1187 | Video: Zooming In On Spiral Galaxy NGC 1187 April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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. Researchers at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) have been watching and recording data from NGC 1187 for about a year using the Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the La...

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

Four Presidents at Paranal for signature of Pacific Alliance Treaty 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. The presidents gathered at Paranal for the fourth Summit of the Pacific Alliance, at which the Alliance´s Framework Agreement was ratified. On Wednesday 6 June, Presidents Sebastián...

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

[ Video 1 ] | [ Video 2 ] 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. The observations, made with the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) telescope[1], use the heat glow of interstellar dust grains to show astronomers where new stars are being formed. Dust may sound boring and uninteresting – the surface grime that hides the beauty...

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

[ Video 1 ] | [ Video 2 ] 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. It is often overlooked in favor of its more prominent neighbor, the Eagle Nebula (also known as Messier 16), that lies a mere wingspan away. But the framing of this picture, which places the star cluster in a landscape of surrounding gas and dust clouds, shows what a beautiful object NGC 6604 is in...

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

Winners are the astronomers behind La Silla´s world-leading HARPS instrument 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. The foundation recognized their groundbreaking efforts in developing “new astronomical instruments and experimental techniques that led to the observation of planets outside the solar...

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

[ Watch the Video ] 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. The intense ultraviolet radiation from several of NGC 3324's hot young stars causes the gas cloud to glow with rich colors and has carved out a cavity in the surrounding gas and dust. NGC 3324 is located in the southern constellation of Carina (The Keel, part of Jason´s ship the Argo) roughly...

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

[ Watch Video 1 ] | [ Watch Video 2 ] 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 (VLT) in the Atacama Desert in Chile along with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Atacama Cosmology Telescope. The new results are being announced on 10 January 2012 at the 219th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Austin, Texas. The newly...

ESO Celebrates 50 Years Of Reaching New Heights In Astronomy
2012-01-06 07:09:27

The year 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organization in the world. The anniversary year is an opportunity to look back at ESO´s history, celebrate its scientific and technological achievements and look forward to its next ambitious programs. ESO is planning several exciting activities during the year. On 5 October 1962, representatives from five European countries – Belgium, France, Germany,...


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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