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ESO Celebrates 50 Years Of Observations
2012-10-05 13:20:20

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) is celebrating 50 years since it was founded on October 5, 1962.

6-Hour Webcast For ESO’s 50th Anniversary With Live Very Large Telescope Observations
2012-09-29 10:00:24

On 5 October 2012, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) will broadcast A Day in the Life of ESO, a free, live event on the web, as part of its 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Planets Can Form In The Center Of Violent, Unstable Galaxies
2012-09-12 14:05:07

The center of the Milky Way seems like the last place to form a new planet, inhospitable and violent even. Stars crowd each other, whizzing through space like cars on a rush hour freeway while supernova explosions blast out shock waves and bathe the region in intense radiation.

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2012-09-08 08:24:01

Astrophysicists are exploring a discrepancy between the amount of lithium predicted by the standard models of elemental production during the Big Bang and the amount of lithium observed in the gas of the Small Magellanic Cloud.

ESO Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Contests
2012-08-09 05:17:01

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) is having its 50th anniversary on October 5, 2012, and ESO is hosting two competitions to celebrate the event.

New research using data from ESO’s Very Large Telescope has revealed that the hottest and brightest stars, which are known as O stars, are often found in close pairs. Many of such binaries transfer mass from one star to another, a kind of stellar vampirism depicted in this artist’s impression. Credi
2012-07-26 21:17:49

The brightest stars in the universe apparently do not like to live alone, according to a new study using ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT).

Dark Galaxies Of The Early Universe Seen For The First Time
2012-07-11 17:25:51

Dark galaxies are small, gas-rich galaxies in the early Universe that are very inefficient at forming stars.

Dark galaxies spotted for the first time
2012-07-11 15:01:14

Dark galaxies may have been spotted for the very first time using the European Space Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT).

Stellar Nursery Shows Off Its Hot Young Stars In Latest Image
2012-06-20 11:08:48

ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) has taken the most detailed image so far of a spectacular part of the stellar nursery called NGC 6357.

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2012-06-12 14:00:40

The European Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) has been given the go-ahead by the organization overseeing the project to move on with it.


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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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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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