Very Large Telescope

  • 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
  • Missing: a large and unstable blue star

    Even the Very Large Telescope can’t find it now.

    A massive and unstable star is missing from a dwarf galaxy, and astronomers are intrigued.It may just have become...

    Astronomy July 1, 2020
  • Watching on as Betelgeuse dims

    But don’t hold your breath waiting for an explosion.

    Astronomers have captured new images of the unprecedented dimming of Betelgeuse, a red supergiant star in the constel...

    Astronomy February 17, 2020
  • A tour of the night sky

    Even without a telescope, there’s plenty to see.

    Another night, another brilliant view of the sky above northern Chile – specifically above the four Unit Telescopes o...

    Astronomy February 3, 2020
  • HAWK-I peers through the dust

    New image of Milky Way finds evidence of a burst of star formation.

    The European Space Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) has capture the central part of the Milky Way with specta...

    Space December 16, 2019
  • Smallest dwarf planet in the Solar System?

    Astronomers have taken a close look at Hygiea’s credentials.

    Astronomers have revealed that the asteroid Hygiea could be classified as a dwarf planet, which would make it the sma...

    Astronomy October 28, 2019
  • Astronomers confirm circumplanetary discs

    Critical piece in formation of a planet seen for first time.

    Astronomers have captured, for the very first time, images of a disc of hot gas and dust surrounding a newly formed p...

    Astronomy June 5, 2019
  • Double trouble: a binary asteroid zooms past

    Harmless, a proxy for a possible future threat.

    A double asteroid – rather in the manner of large ship followed by a lifeboat – sped past Earth in late May 2019, aff...

    Astronomy June 4, 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
  • Neptune, as you’ve never seen it

    A beefed-up telescope promises much-improved images for astronomers. Andrew Masterson reports.

    A new optics system fitted to the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile’s Atacama Deser...

    Space July 19, 2018
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