ESOcast 236 Light: First interstellar comet may be the most pristine ever found

ESOcast 236 Light: First interstellar comet may be the most pristine ever found New observations with the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT) indicate that the rogue comet 2I/Borisov, which is only the second and most recently detected interstellar visitor to our Solar System, is one of the most pristine ever observed. This […]

ESOcast 234 Light: Most distant quasar with powerful radio jets discovered

ESOcast 234 Light: Most distant quasar with powerful radio jets discovered With the help of ESO’s Very Large Telescope, astronomers have discovered and studied in detail the most distant source of radio emission known to date. The source is a “radio-loud” quasar — a bright object with powerful jets emitting at radio wavelengths — that […]

ESOcast 233 Light: Six-Exoplanet System with Rhythmic Movement Challenges Theories of How Planets Form

ESOcast 233 Light: Six-Exoplanet System with Rhythmic Movement Challenges Theories of How Planets Form Using a combination of telescopes, including the Very Large Telescope of the European Southern Observatory (ESO’s VLT), astronomers have revealed a system consisting of six exoplanets, five of which are locked in a rare rhythm around their central star. This video […]

ESOcast 232 Light: Stars and Skulls

ESOcast 232 Light: Stars and Skulls Captured in astounding detail by ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), the eerie Skull Nebula is showcased in a new image in beautiful pink and red tones. This planetary nebula is the first known to be associated with a pair of closely bound stars orbited by a third outer star. […]