• Lighting up the desert

    Two sources make for a sublime view.

    No, a flying saucer has not just landed in Chile’s Atacama Desert.This is the Residencia, the home for the astronom...

    Astronomy January 20, 2020
  • Sinister beauty of the star-forming Skull and Cross Bones nebula

    A quiet night in South America yields unexpected beauty.

    An unplanned break in research for astronomers at the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in C...

    Space October 28, 2018
  • The bright and invisible universe

    Optical imaging reveals glowing hydrogen as far as the eye can see. Andrew Masterson reports.

    Seen through the lens of the Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) spectrograph on the European Southern Observato...

    Space October 2, 2018
  • A galaxy revealed

    European Southern Observatory releases images captured just for their beauty.

    Panning across NGC 3981 in the constellation of Crater (The Cup).European Southern Observatory (ESO), James CreaseySo...

    Space September 12, 2018
  • First confirmed view of a newborn planet

    A planet coalesces from the disc of dust and gas around the dwarf star PDS 70.

    The first clear, confirmed image of a still-forming planet has been captured by the European Southern Observatory’s V...

    Space July 2, 2018
  • A cosmic bridge

    A panoramic image shows the full sweep of the Milky Way across the sky.

    From horizon to horizon, via the Milky Way.P. Horálek / ESO In this unique panoramic view, the band of the Milky Wa...

    Space June 21, 2018
  • The stars next door

    New imaging reveals the majesty of the galaxy next door. Andrew Masterson reports.

    Say hello to the neighbours. The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has released a stunning new image of the Tarantu...

    Space June 3, 2018
  • The Orion Nebula as you’ve never seen it before

    The European Southern Observatory releases stunning new images of the nearest massive star format...

    A dazzling panoramic view of the Orion Nebula. (Click for full-screen view.)ESO / ALMA / IRAM / VLT The European...

    Space March 8, 2018
  • Astronomers discover planet with three suns

    A gas giant 340 light-years from Earth in a complex star system has one of the widest orbits of a...

    An artist's impression of the triple-star system HD 131399 from close to the giant planet orbiting in the system.Euro...

    Space July 8, 2016
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