European Southern Observatory

  • Radioactive elements in the early solar system

    Data from a stellar nursery yields clues about our own star’s formation.

    An international team of scientists have found new clues about the development of our solar system, after examining r...

    Astronomy August 17, 2021
  • A telescope with sharper eyes than Hubble?

    Australian-led adaptive optics project signs agreement with the European Southern Observatory.

    An Australian-led astronomy project has just received the green light to create the most powerful ground-based telesc...

    Astronomy June 2, 2021
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    Super-Earths discovered orbiting a red dwarf star

    And in the habitable zone where water could exist.

    Astronomers have discovered two super-Earth exoplanets orbiting a red dwarf star 11 light years away from Earth, with...

    ASC Edits June 29, 2020
  • 1700-year-old stargazing site

    Chile petroglyphs point to early stargazers.

    The complex astronomical measurements that underpinned many aspects of the Inca civilisation may have an ancient fore...

    Archaeology February 27, 2019
  • A fleeting moment in time

    Observatory captures the last breath of a dying star.

    The faint, ephemeral glow emanating from the planetary nebula ESO 577-24 persists for only around 10,000 years, a bli...

    Space January 22, 2019
  • It’s busy in the skies above the Atacama Desert

    And very soon there will be many new antennas on the horizon.

    Hundreds of astronomical objects are visible in this image taken at the European Southern Observatory in Chile, inclu...

    Space January 21, 2019
  • 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
  • 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
  • Europe’s newest planetarium opens with a bang

    A unique visitor centre at the European Southern Observatory HQ in Germany should inspire a new g...

    The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has opened a planetarium and visitor centre next to its headquarters, in the ...

    Space April 30, 2018
  • Celestial cat meets cosmic lobster

    NGC 6334 is located about 5,500 light-years away from Earth, while NGC 6357 is more remote, at a ...

    European Southern ObservatoryAstronomers have for a long time studied the glowing, cosmic clouds of gas and dust cata...

    Space February 1, 2017
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