Tűéles felvételek a VLT új adaptív optikájával

Tűéles felvételek a VLT új adaptív optikájával Az ESO Nagyon Nagy Távcsöve (Very Large Telescope – VLT) elkészítette első felvételeit az adaptív optikájának egy új, lézertomográfiai üzemmódjában. A tesztfelvételeken a Neptunusz bolygó, csillaghalmazok és egyéb égitestek láthatóak. Az úttörő MUSE műszer kis látómezejű üzemmódjában a GALACSI adaptív optikai modullal dolgozott együtt. Az új technika révén […]

Largest Galaxy Proto-Supercluster Found

Largest Galaxy Proto-Supercluster Found An international team of astronomers using the VIMOS instrument of ESO’s Very Large Telescope have uncovered a titanic structure in the early Universe. This galaxy proto-supercluster — which they nickname Hyperion — was unveiled by new measurements and a complex examination of archive data. This is the largest and most massive […]

A Universe Aglow

A Universe Aglow Deep observations made with the MUSE spectrograph on ESO’s Very Large Telescope have uncovered vast cosmic reservoirs of atomic hydrogen surrounding distant galaxies. The exquisite sensitivity of MUSE allowed for direct observations of dim clouds of hydrogen glowing with Lyman-alpha emission in the early Universe — revealing that almost the whole night sky is […]

Ireland to Join the European Southern Observatory

Ireland to Join the European Southern Observatory On 26 September, John Halligan T.D., Irish Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development and Xavier Barcons, Director General of ESO signed the Accession Agreement that will lead to Ireland joining the European Southern Observatory (ESO) — the world’s most productive astronomical observatory. ESO is […]

A Galactic Gem

A Galactic Gem FORS2, an instrument mounted on ESO’s Very Large Telescope, has observed the spiral galaxy NGC 3981 in all its glory. The image was captured as part of the ESO Cosmic Gems Programme, which makes use of the rare occasions when observing conditions are not suitable for gathering scientific data. Instead of sitting […]

€17 Million Fund to Power European Detection and Imaging Innovation

€17 Million Fund to Power European Detection and Imaging Innovation The pioneering ATTRACT initiative couples world-class research laboratories and business management experts to create a European innovation ecosystem that will accelerate the development of disruptive technologies and their progress to market. The initiative, in which ESO is a partner, will fund 170 breakthrough detection and […]

Stars v. Dust in the Carina Nebula

Stars v. Dust in the Carina Nebula The Carina Nebula, one of the largest and brightest nebulae in the night sky, has been beautifully imaged by ESO’s VISTA telescope at the Paranal Observatory in Chile. By observing in infrared light, VISTA has peered through the hot gas and dark dust enshrouding the nebula to show […]

Elliptical Elegance

Elliptical Elegance A glittering host of galaxies populate this rich image taken with ESO’s VLT Survey Telescope, a state-of-the-art 2.6-m telescope designed for surveying the sky in visible light. The features of the multitude of galaxies strewn across the image allow astronomers to uncover the most delicate details of galactic structure. ESO News Feed Go […]

Stellar Corpse Reveals Origin of Radioactive Molecules

Stellar Corpse Reveals Origin of Radioactive Molecules Astronomers using ALMA and NOEMA have made the first definitive detection of a radioactive molecule in interstellar space. The radioactive part of the molecule is an isotope of aluminium. The observations reveal that the isotope was dispersed into space after the collision of two stars, that left behind […]

Supersharp Images from New VLT Adaptive Optics

Supersharp Images from New VLT Adaptive Optics ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) has achieved first light with a new adaptive optics mode called laser tomography — and has captured remarkably sharp test images of the planet Neptune, star clusters and other objects. The pioneering MUSE instrument in Narrow-Field Mode, working with the GALACSI adaptive optics […]

Colourful Celestial Landscape

Colourful Celestial Landscape New observations with ESO’s Very Large Telescope show the star cluster RCW 38 in all its glory. This image was taken during testing of the HAWK-I camera with the GRAAL adaptive optics system. It shows RCW 38 and its surrounding clouds of brightly glowing gas in exquisite detail, with dark tendrils of […]

First Confirmed Image of Newborn Planet Caught with ESO’s VLT

First Confirmed Image of Newborn Planet Caught with ESO’s VLT SPHERE, a planet-hunting instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope, has captured the first confirmed image of a planet caught in the act of forming in the dusty disc surrounding a young star. The young planet is carving a path through the primordial disc of gas […]

ESO’s VLT Sees `Oumuamua Getting a Boost

ESO’s VLT Sees `Oumuamua Getting a Boost `Oumuamua, the first interstellar object discovered in the Solar System, is moving away from the Sun faster than expected. This anomalous behaviour was detected by a worldwide astronomical collaboration including ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile. The new results suggest that `Oumuamua is most likely an interstellar comet […]

ALMA Discovers Trio of Infant Planets around Newborn Star

ALMA Discovers Trio of Infant Planets around Newborn Star Two independent teams of astronomers have used ALMA to uncover convincing evidence that three young planets are in orbit around the infant star HD 163296. Using a novel planet-finding technique, the astronomers identified three disturbances in the gas-filled disc around the young star: the strongest evidence […]

A Crowded Neighbourhood

A Crowded Neighbourhood Glowing brightly about 160 000 light-years away, the Tarantula Nebula is the most spectacular feature of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to our Milky Way. The VLT Survey Telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile has imaged this region and its rich surroundings in exquisite detail. It reveals a cosmic […]