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SPHERE first light
2014-06-04 08:00:35

ESO Revolutionary new VLT instrument installed SPHERE — the Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch instrument — has been installed on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory in Chile and has achieved first light. This powerful new facility for finding and studying exoplanets uses multiple advanced techniques in combination. It offers dramatically better performance than existing instruments and has produced impressive views of dust discs around...

Powerful 3D Spectrograph Successfully Installed On ESO’s Very Large Telescope
2014-03-05 10:17:58

[ Watch The Video: MUSE Views the Unusual Galaxy NGC 4650A ] ESO A new innovative instrument called MUSE (Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer) has been successfully installed on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory in northern Chile. MUSE has observed distant galaxies, bright stars and other test targets during the first period of very successful observations. Following testing and preliminary acceptance in Europe in September 2013, MUSE was shipped to...

ESO Lagoon Nebula Images
2014-01-22 11:11:31

[ Watch The Video: Zooming In On The Lagoon Nebula ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Observatory (ESO) is currently in the midst of conducting eleven public surveys of the sky using telescopes at its facility in Chile, and scientists have just released images from the project of the Lagoon Nebula. Located approximately 5,000 light years from Earth in the constellation of Sagittarius, the Lagoon Nebula is a giant cloud 100 light-years across that...

Contract Signed To Start Construction For European Extremely Large Telescope
2013-12-11 06:27:00

ESO At a ceremony at ESO’s Vitacura offices in Santiago on 9 December 2013 the ESO Director General, Tim de Zeeuw, and senior representatives of the Chilean company ICAFAL Ingeniería y Construcción S.A., signed a contract for the construction of a road to the summit of Cerro Armazones, the leveling of the top of the mountain and additional civil works. The ceremony was also attended by representatives of the ESO project team. Cerro Armazones will be the site of the 39-meter European...

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

ESO 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. Roberto replaces Alistair McPherson who has very successfully steered the E-ELT project through its early stages. Alistair is returning to the United Kingdom as Deputy Director General/Head of Project for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), based at Jodrell Bank near Manchester....

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

ESO On 4 December 2013, at ESO Headquarters in Garching bei München, Germany, an official inauguration ceremony was held for the new office extension. This celebration was attended by members of the ESO Council, local authorities, the architects Auer+Weber+Assoziierte, the general contractor BAM Deutschland AG and the ESO management team. The unveiling of the extension marks an important day in ESO’s history as it will not only bring all of ESO’s Garching staff together on one...

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

ESO 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. On 6 November 1963, the initial agreement between the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the Government of Chile, the Convenio, was signed, enabling ESO to place its telescopes beneath the exceptionally clear Chilean skies. "The cooperation...

Chilean President Announces Transfer Of Land For The European Extremely Large Telescope
2013-10-28 07:01:18

ESO At a ceremony held yesterday at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in the Chilean Atacama Desert the President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, handed over the recently signed legal documents by which the Chilean government will transfer the land around Cerro Armazones to ESO. Cerro Armazones, a 3060-meter peak 20 kilometers from the site of ESO’s Very Large Telescope on Cerro Paranal, will be the future home of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). President Piñera was received...

ESO Calendar 2014 Available Now
2013-10-14 09:49:55

ESO The European Southern Observatory’s 2014 calendar is now available to buy from the ESO online shop, or to download as a free PDF file. The calendar’s cover features a spectacular image of the Carina Nebula captured by the VLT Survey Telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile. The calendar itself is packed full of images of the cosmos as well as pictures of the ESO telescopes in the desolate landscapes of the Atacama Desert. Highlights include a landscape picture for...

Black Hole Observed Pushing Matter Away, Rather Than Consuming It
2013-06-20 06:27:46

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Observations of a nearby active galaxy using the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) at ESO´s Paranal Observatory in Chile have shown astronomers something they hadn´t expected to see. Astronomers have found over the past twenty years that nearly all galaxies have a black hole at their center, some of which grow by drawing in matter from their surroundings. This growth process creates some of the most energetic objects...


Latest Paranal Observatory Reference Libraries

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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

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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