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The galaxies in this cosmic pairing display some curious features, demonstrating that each member of the duo is close enough to feel the distorting gravitational influence of the other.
This image of the nebula NGC 3582 shows giant loops of gas bearing a striking resemblance to solar prominences.
A new image from ESOâ€™s Very Large Telescope gives a close-up view of the dramatic effects new-born stars have on the gas and dust from which they formed.
This image of NGC 247 reveals the fine details of this highly inclined spiral galaxy and its rich backdrop.
The nebula Messier 78 takes center stage in this image while the stars powering the bright display take a backseat.
The bright galaxy NGC 3621 appears to be a fine example of a classical spiral.
The Orion Nebula is much more than just a pretty face, offering astronomers a close-up view of a massive star-forming region to help advance our understanding of stellar birth and evolution.
ESOâ€™s Hidden Treasures 2010 astrophotography competition attracted nearly 100 entries, and ESO is delighted to announce the winners.
This new infrared image of the Lagoon Nebula was captured as part of a five-year study of the Milky Way using ESOâ€™s VISTA telescope at the Paranal Observatory in Chile.
The Federative Republic of Brazil has yesterday signed the formal accession agreement paving the way for it to become a Member State of the European Southern Observatory (ESO).
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...
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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