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ESO’s VLT Captures Unlikely Pair In Large Magellanic Cloud
2013-08-07 18:32:09

A newly released image from the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope has exposed new details about the Large Magellanic Cloud.

Milky Way Black Hole Rips Apart Gas Cloud
2013-07-17 10:54:47

The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope has helped astronomers catch a supermassive black hole ripping apart a gas cloud for the first time.

Searching For Water Around Other Stars
2013-07-05 04:46:26

Astronomers search for planets using several different techniques; the most popular of which is to measure how a star "wobbles." As the surrounding planets orbit the star, their gravitational fields will cause the star to shift back and forth in response.

Astronomers Catch Distant Galaxy Snacking On Gas
2013-07-04 13:01:16

Astronomers were able to catch a distant galaxy in the act of snacking on nearby gas while using the European Space Observatory's Very Large Telescope.

Hidden Universe Film Premiers IMAX 3D
2013-07-01 12:59:30

Filmmakers have developed a 3D production for IMAX theaters displaying some of the greatest high-resolution structures in the universe.

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

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.

European Astronomy Journalism Prize 2013 Expanded
2013-06-04 11:11:21

The European Astronomy Journalism Prize 2013 launched today has been expanded to now include entries from Europe and South America.

Least Massive Exoplanet Outside The Solar System Observed By ESO Telescope
2013-06-03 05:43:49

Astronomers using the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) have imaged possibly the faintest exoplanet so far.

Predicting The End Of Stars Relies On How Much Sodium They Have
2013-05-29 12:58:12

An international team of astronomers published a paper in the journal Nature detailing how the amount of sodium in a star will help predict how its life will end.

Very Large Telescope Celebrates 15 Years
2013-05-23 05:39:29

The European Southern Observatory is celebrating 15 years of success for its Very Large Telescope, and has released a stunning new image of a pink gas cloud known as IC 2944.


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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 04:45:43

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...

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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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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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