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The year 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organization in the world.
Raymond Wilson, whose pioneering optics research at ESO made todayâ€™s giant telescopes possible thanks to â€œactive opticsâ€ technology, has been awarded the 2010 Kavli Prize in astrophysics.
Today, ESO is unveiling an image of the little known Gum 19, a faint nebula that, in the infrared, appears dark on one half and bright on the other.
A new technique using near-infrared images allows astronomers to see through the opaque dust lanes of the giant cannibal galaxy Centaurus A, unveiling its â€œlast mealâ€ in unprecedented detail â€” a smaller spiral galaxy, currently twisted and warped.
ESOâ€™s La Silla Observatory, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, became the largest astronomical observatory of its time. It led Europe to the frontline of astronomical research, and is still one of the most scientifically productive in ground-based astronomy.
On July 4, 2005, the NASA Deep Impact spacecraft will visit Comet 9P/Tempel 1. It will launch a 360 kg impactor that should produce a crater on the surface of the comet and a plume of gas and dust.
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...