Latest Very Large Telescope Stories
Molecules of hydrogen peroxide have been found for the first time in interstellar space.
Scientists said on Wednesday that they have discovered the most distant quasar to date, thriving at a time when the Universe was less than 800 million years old.
New image reveals vast nebula around famous supergiant star.
LAS VEGAS, June 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT) announced today it has been awarded 56.7 percent of the video lottery terminal (VLT) replacement for Societe des loteries video du Quebec (SLVQ), a subsidiary of Loto-Quebec.
The VLT Survey Telescope (VST), the latest addition to ESOâ€™s Paranal Observatory, has made its first release of impressive images of the southern sky.
An extraordinarily bright isolated star has been found in a nearby galaxy â€” the star is three million times brighter than the Sun.
The Meathook Galaxy, or NGC 2442, in the southern constellation of Volans (The Flying Fish), is easily recognized for its asymmetric spiral arms.
This image of the nebula NGC 3582 shows giant loops of gas bearing a striking resemblance to solar prominences.
The ESO Paranal Observatory was honored with a visit from the President of the Czech Republic, VÃ¡clav Klaus.
Observations with the European Southern Observatoryâ€™s Very Large Telescope, along with two other telescopes, have shown that there is a new candidate for the coldest known star: a brown dwarf in a double system with about the same temperature as a freshly made cup of tea â€” hot in human terms, but extraordinarily cold for the surface of a star.
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...
Adaptive Optics -- Adaptive optics is a technology to improve the performance of Earth-based telescopes, reversing the effect of atmospheric distortions. When light from a star or another astronomical object enters the Earth's atmosphere, the different temperature layers and different wind speeds distort and move the image in various ways (see seeing for a proper discussion). The net result is that an 8 meters or 10 meters telescope (like the VLT or Keck), while theoretically capable...
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...
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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