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Christmas Comet Lovejoy Captured At Paranal
2011-12-28 04:30:22

The recently discovered Comet Lovejoy has been captured in stunning photos and time-lapse video taken from ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile. The comet graced the southern sky after it had unexpectedly survived a close encounter with the Sun.

Image 1 - VST Images Galaxy Blooming With New Stars
2011-12-15 10:45:29

The VLT Survey Telescope (VST) has captured the beauty of the nearby spiral galaxy NGC 253. The new portrait is probably the most detailed wide-field view of this object and its surroundings ever taken.

Image 1 - E-ELT Moves Closer To Reality
2011-12-09 10:21:32

The governing body of the European Southern Observatory, the ESO Council, has approved ESO’s budget for 2012.

Image 1 - Vampire Star Reveals Its Secrets
2011-12-07 05:55:54

Astronomers have obtained the best images ever of a star that has lost most of its material to a vampire companion.

Image 1 - Astronomers Find Fastest Rotating Star Ever
2011-12-06 09:33:42

ESO's Very Large Telescope has picked up the fastest rotating star found so far. This massive bright young star lies in our neighboring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud, about 160 000 light-years from Earth.

Spanish Crown Prince Visits ESO's Paranal Observatory
2011-11-28 11:48:36

On 24 November 2011 ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile was honored by a visit from Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Asturias.

Image 1 - VISTA Finds New Globular Star Clusters
2011-10-19 08:33:07

Two newly discovered globular clusters have been added to the total of just 158 known globular clusters in our Milky Way.

Image 1 - ESO: Full-size Mock-up Of World’s Largest Telescope Mirror
2011-10-17 08:51:37

On Saturday 15 October, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) opened the doors of its headquarters in Garching bei München, Bavaria, Germany, to the public.

Image 1 - ESO And Chile Sign Agreement On E-ELT
2011-10-14 04:38:38

At a ceremony Thursday in Santiago, Chile the Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alfredo Moreno and ESO’s Director General, Tim de Zeeuw, signed an agreement regarding the European Extremely Large Telescope.

New Funding For European Extremely Large Telescope
2011-10-03 08:21:28

The Science Technology and Facilities Council confirmed that it will provide nearly $5.5 million (US) to UK scientists to develop key instruments for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT.


Latest Paranal Observatory Reference Libraries

Very Large Telescope
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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Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.