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Enigmatic radio burst illuminates a galaxy’s tranquil ​halo

October 1, 2019

Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have for the first time observed that a fast radio burst passed…
Anatomy of a Cosmic Seagull

August 7, 2019

Colourful and wispy, this intriguing collection of objects is known as the Seagull Nebula, named for its resemblance…
New Instrument is Searching for Planets Around Alpha Centauri

June 12, 2019

Alpha Centauri is the closest star system to us, at 4.37 light-years (about 25 trillion miles) away. In…
ESO contributes to protecting Earth from dangerous asteroids

June 4, 2019

VLT observes a passing double asteroid hurtling by Earth at 70 000 km/h. The International Asteroid Warning Network…
Credit: Bill Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF
VLA Makes First Direct Image of Key Feature of Powerful Radio Galaxies

April 3, 2019

Structure suggested by theorists decades ago Astronomers used the National Science Foundation’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array…
GRAVITY instrument breaks new ground in exoplanet imaging

March 29, 2019

Cutting-edge VLTI instrument reveals details of a storm-wracked exoplanet using optical interferometry. This result was announced today in…
A Cosmic Bat in Flight

March 16, 2019

ESO’s Cosmic Gems Programme captures the Cosmic Bat’s dusty clouds. ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) has caught a glimpse of…
Bubbles of Brand New Stars

February 7, 2019

This region of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) glows in striking colours in this image captured by the…
A Fleeting Moment in Time: last breath of a dying star

January 22, 2019

European Southern Observatory’s Cosmic Gems Programme captures last breath of a dying star An evanescent shell of glowing…
Saturn Nebula Looks Not Like Planet Through the Very Large Telescope

December 20, 2018

Saturn is an icon. There’s nothing else like it in the Solar System, and it’s something even children…
Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/G. Tremblay et al; Radio:ALMA: ESO/NAOJ/NRAO/G.Tremblay et al, NRAO/AUI/NSF/B.Saxton; Optical: ESO/VLT
Update: Cosmic Fountain Powered by Giant Black Hole

December 15, 2018

Before electrical power became available, water fountains worked by relying on gravity to channel water from a higher…
While testing a new subsystem on the SPHERE planet-hunting instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope, astronomers were able to capture dramatic details of the turbulent stellar relationship in the binary star R Aquarii with unprecedented clarity — even compared to observations from Hubble. Credit: ESO/Schmid et al.
Dancing with the Enemy

December 14, 2018

ESO’s R Aquarii Week continues with the sharpest R Aquarii image ever This spectacular image — the second…
Actual Image: White Dwarf Feeding on Larger Red Giant, 650 Light Years Away

December 14, 2018

The SPHERE planet-hunting instrument on the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope captured this image of a white…
Massive Triple Star System Could be the Site of a Gamma Ray Burst

November 23, 2018

When stars reach the end of their lifespan, many undergo gravitational collapse and explode into a supernova, In…
Cosmic Serpent

November 20, 2018

ESO’s VLT captures details of an elaborate serpentine system sculpted by colliding stellar winds This serpentine swirl, captured…
ALMA and MUSE Detect Galactic Fountain

November 7, 2018

A mere one billion light-years away in the nearby galaxy cluster known as Abell 2597, there lies a…
Most Detailed Observations of Material Orbiting close to a Black Hole

November 2, 2018

ESO’s GRAVITY instrument on the Very Large Telescope (VLT) Interferometer has been used by scientists from a consortium…
VLBA Returning to NRAO, Getting Technical Upgrade

October 26, 2018

Continent-Wide Radio Telescope System Once Again Part of NRAO The National Science Foundation’s Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA),…
The Pirate of the Southern Skies

October 25, 2018

This vivid picture of an active star-forming region — NGC 2467, sometimes referred to as the Skull and…
Largest Galaxy Proto-Supercluster Found

October 18, 2018

Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope uncover a cosmic titan lurking in the early Universe A team of…
Next Generation Telescopes Could Use “Teleportation” to Take Better Images

October 12, 2018

Telescopes have come a long way in the past few centuries. From the comparatively modest devices built by…
VLA Sky Survey Reveals First “Orphan” Gamma Ray Burst

October 5, 2018

Astronomers comparing data from an ongoing major survey of the sky using the National Science Foundation’s Karl G.…
A Universe Aglow

October 2, 2018

MUSE spectrograph reveals that nearly the entire sky in the early Universe is glowing with Lyman-alpha emission  …
A Galactic Gem

September 13, 2018

This wonderful image shows the resplendent spiral galaxy NGC 3981 suspended in the inky blackness of space. This…
Beautiful Photo of Galaxy NGC 3981. Taken by Very Large Telescope. For no Scientific Reason at all.

September 13, 2018

The world’s most powerful telescopes have a lot of work to do. They’re tasked with helping us unravel…
Elliptical Elegance

August 8, 2018

Whereas ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) can observe very faint astronomical objects in great detail, when astronomers want…
VLA Detects Possible Extrasolar Planetary-Mass Magnetic Powerhouse

August 3, 2018

Object is at boundary between giant planet and brown dwarf Astronomers using the National Science Foundation’s Karl G.…
Stellar Corpse Reveals Origin of Radioactive Molecules

July 31, 2018

Observations using ALMA find radioactive isotope aluminium-26 from the remnant CK Vulpeculae The team, led by Tomasz Kamiński…
First Successful Test of Einstein’s General Relativity Near Supermassive Black Hole

July 30, 2018

Culmination of 26 years of ESO observations of the heart of the Milky Way Obscured by thick clouds…
This is a Photo of Neptune, From the Ground! ESO’s New Adaptive Optics Makes Ground Telescopes Ignore the Earth’s Atmosphere

July 24, 2018

In 2007, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) completed work on the Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal…
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