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14 March 2019

Hidden in one of the darkest corners of the Orion constellation, this Cosmic Bat is spreading its hazy wings through interstellar space two thousand light-years away. It is illuminated by the young stars nestled in its core — despite being shrouded by opaque clouds of dust, their bright rays still illuminate the nebula. Too dim to be discerned by the naked eye, NGC 1788 reveals its soft colours to ESO's Very Large Telescope in this image — the most detailed to date.

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IAU Astronomy Education Conference comes to ESO Supernova — The ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre will be the venue for the inaugural IAU Astronomy Education Conference in September 2019

13 March 2019: ESO will host the 2019 IAU Astronomy Education Conference on 16–18 September 2019 at the ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre. The conference will bring together astronomers, astronomy education ...

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Contract signed for ELT M5 Mirror

11 March 2019: ESO has signed contracts for the manufacture of the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) M5 Mirror with the French companies Safran Reosc and Mersen Boostec. Safran Reosc will supply the M5 ...

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The Messenger No. 175 Now Available

8 March 2019: The latest edition of ESO's quarterly journal, The Messenger, is now available online. Find out the latest news from ESO on topics ranging from new instruments to the latest ...

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ESO Becomes Shareholder in Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory

7 March 2019: ESO today officially became a shareholder of the Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory gGmbH (CTAO). The necessary formal steps were concluded during the meeting of the CTA Council on 7–8 ...

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ESO Supernova April–June programme springs online — April–June 2019 activities can now be booked

26 February 2019: Over the past few months, the ESO Supernova team has been preparing the latest programme of exciting events and shows for the ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre. We are ...

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President of Armenia visits ESO Headquarters

18 February 2019: The Armenian President, Armen Sarkissian, visited ESO’s Headquarters today in Garching bei München, Germany, as part of a wider tour of the Garching Forschungszentrum, one of the largest centres ...

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ESOcast 194: Cutting Edge of Contemporary Astronomy

18 February 2019: ESO’s observatories operate a suite of the most advanced ground-based astronomical telescopes in the world, providing researchers with state-of-the-art facilities to study the Universe. Observing time on the telescopes ...

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Apply for the Summer AstroCamp 2019

15 February 2019: Applications for the ESO-supported Summer AstroCamp 2019 will open on 1 April 2019. AstroCamp is an academic programme in the field of astronomy and physics, organised by the Centre for ...

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Joint EIROforum DG statement on equal opportunities

11 February 2019: The EIROforum, a collaboration of eight scientific research and technology organisations consisting of CERN, EMBL, ESA, ESO, ESRF, European XFEL, EUROfusion and ILL, aims to improve the quality and impact ...

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13 of our favourite astronomical photos — Sharing Your ESO Pictures with the world

Nicole Shearer

8 March 2019: Our staff and visitors seem to find taking photos at our stunning locations irresistible. And what breathtaking photos they are! To give both professional and budding photographers the chance to ...

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Radioactive planets — Searching for hints of life around the Sun’s galactic twins

Interview with: André de Castro Milone

Interview with: Jorge Luis Melendez Moreno

1 March 2019: Using the HARPS instrument on the ESO 3.6-metre telescope, a team of scientists recently carried out the largest ever search for thorium in stars that are almost identical to the ...

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Stargazers turn rock stars — Music of the ESO-Spheres gives peek into life at ESO

Laura Hiscott

22 February 2019: Did you know that ESO has its own pop song? With our awe-inspiring observatories and images of the cosmos almost begging to be used in a music video, in 2013 ...

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Space Cow Mystifies Astronomers — Could we be witnessing a dying star giving birth to an X-ray engine?

Anna Ho

15 February 2019: One night in June 2018, telescopes spotted an extremely bright point of light in the sky that had seemingly appeared out of nowhere. Observations across the electromagnetic spectrum, made using ...

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A Nobel Achievement (part II) — How to predict the future of the Universe

Interview with: Bruno Leibundgut

8 February 2019: In 2011, the High-z Supernova Search Team won the Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery that the expansion of the Universe is accelerating. Bruno Leibundgut, ESO’s Very Large Telescope ...

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