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New NASA-themed TV Pilot by ‘The Martian’ Author Andy Weir

New NASA-themed TV Pilot by ‘The Martian’ Author Andy Weir

Author Andy Weir, who wrote the bestselling novel “The Martian” on which the successful 2015 movie of the same name was based, announced CBS is picking up his idea for a new pilot for a television … Continue reading

Contracts Signed for ELT Mirrors and Sensors

Contracts Signed for ELT Mirrors and Sensors

At a ceremony today at ESO’s Headquarters four contracts were signed for major components of the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) that ESO is building. These were for: the casting of the telescope’s giant secondary and tertiary mirrors, awarded to SCHOTT; … Continue reading

ESOcast 93 Light: Kick-off for Mirrors and Sensors for Biggest Eye on the Sky

ESOcast 93 Light: Kick-off for Mirrors and Sensors for Biggest Eye on the Sky

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What Was the Carrington Event?

What Was the Carrington Event?

Isn’t modern society great? With all this technology surrounding us in all directions. It’s like a cocoon of sweet, fluffy silicon. There are chips in my fitness tracker, my bluetooth headset, mobile phone, car keys and that’s just on my body.

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Who was Max Planck?

Who was Max Planck?

Imagine if you will that your name would forever be associated with a groundbreaking scientific theory. Imagine also that your name would even be attached to a series of units, designed to performs measurements for complex equations. Now imagine that you were … Continue reading

Some Earth Life is Ready to Live on Mars, Right Now

Some Earth Life is Ready to Live on Mars, Right Now

For some time, scientists have suspected that life may have existed on Mars in the deep past. Owing to the presence of a thicker atmosphere and liquid water on its surface, it is entirely possible … Continue reading

ALMA Starts Observing the Sun

ALMA Starts Observing the Sun

New images taken with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile have revealed otherwise invisible details of our Sun, including a new view of the dark, contorted centre of a sunspot that is nearly twice the diameter of the Earth. The … Continue reading

Sunspot seen in visible and millimetre wavelength light

Sunspot seen in visible and millimetre wavelength light

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Comparison of the solar disc in ultraviolet and millimetre wavelength light

Comparison of the solar disc in ultraviolet and millimetre wavelength light

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ESOcast 92 Light: ALMA Starts Observing the Sun

ESOcast 92 Light: ALMA Starts Observing the Sun

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