European Southern Observatory News

New ESO Image of Star Cluster NGC 3293

July 24, 2014

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This newly released image from ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile shows star cluster NGC 3293, which is located 8,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Carina. In this striking new image from ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile young stars huddle together against a backdrop of clouds of glowing gas and lanes of […]

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Astronomers View Stardust Being Made in Real Time

July 11, 2014

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Using ESO’s Very Large Telescope, astronomers view stardust being made in real time and reveal how stardust forms around a supernova. A group of astronomers has been able to follow stardust being made in real time — during the aftermath of a supernova explosion. For the first time they show that these cosmic dust factories […]

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Astronomers Discover a Spiral Bridge of Young Stars Linking Two Ancient Galaxies

July 10, 2014

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Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers discovered a 100,000-light-year-long structure that looks like a string of pearls twisted into a corkscrew shape that winds around the cores of two colliding galaxies. Astronomers routinely use the crisp view of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to study all kinds of intricate details in galaxy clusters. By now you […]

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Astronomers Create First Full 3D Model of Eta Carinae Nebula

July 8, 2014

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Using new data from the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope and its X-Shooter spectrograph, astronomers have created the first full 3D model of Eta Carinae Nebula. In the middle of the 19th century, the massive binary system Eta Carinae underwent an eruption that ejected at least 10 times the sun’s mass and made it […]

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New ESO Image of Star Formation Region Gum 15

July 2, 2014

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This newly released ESO image, taken with the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at the La Silla Observatory, shows the star forming region known as Gum 15. The little-known cloud of cosmic gas and dust called Gum 15 is the birthplace and home of hot young stars. Beautiful and deadly, these stars […]

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ALMA Maps Environment around Dark Gamma-Ray Bursts for the First Time

June 12, 2014

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Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, astronomers have directly mapped out the molecular gas and dust in the host galaxies of gamma-ray bursts for the first time. Observations from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have for the first time directly mapped out the molecular gas and dust in the host galaxies of gamma-ray bursts […]

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SPHERE Exoplanet Imager Provides Impressive Views

June 6, 2014

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The Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch instrument (SPHERE) has been installed on ESO’s Very Large Telescope, providing astronomers with impressive views of dust discs around nearby stars and other targets during the very first days of observations. SPHERE — the Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch instrument — has been installed on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) at […]

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New ESO Image of Star Cluster NGC 3590

May 22, 2014

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This newly released image from ESO’s La Silla Observatory shows star cluster NGC 3590, which is located roughly 7,500 light-years from Earth. This colorful new image from the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile shows the star cluster NGC 3590. These stars shine brightly in front of a dramatic landscape of […]

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Astronomers Discover Partner Star of a Magnetar for the First Time

May 15, 2014

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Using ESO’s Very Large Telescope, astronomers believe they’ve found the partner star of a magnetar for the first time, helping to explain the formation of magnetars. Magnetars are the bizarre super-dense remnants of supernova explosions. They are the strongest magnets known in the Universe — millions of times more powerful than the strongest magnets on […]

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Astronomers Measure the Length of an Exoplanet Day

May 5, 2014

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Using data from ESO’s Very Large Telescope, astronomers have measured the length of an exoplanet day for the first time, revealing that a day on Beta Pictoris b lasts only eight hours. Observations from ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) have, for the first time, determined the rotation rate of an exoplanet. Beta Pictoris b has […]

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ESO Reveals a New Image of Gum 41

April 16, 2014

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The European Southern Observatory reveals a new image of Gum 41, a cloud of hydrogen and newborn stars in the constellation of Centaurus. This new image from ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile reveals a cloud of hydrogen called Gum 41. In the middle of this little-known nebula, brilliant hot young stars are giving off […]

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ESO’s Very Large Telescope Views Planetary Nebula Abell 33

April 9, 2014

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This newly released image from ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile shows planetary nebula Abell 33. Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile have captured this eye-catching image of planetary nebula PN A66 33 — usually known as Abell 33. Created when an aging star blew off its outer layers, this beautiful blue bubble […]

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