NGTS the new Exoplanet hunter

Next-Generation Transit Survey (NGTS)

The Next-Generation Transit Survey (NGTS) located at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in northern Chile, is the new Exoplanet hunter.

By |January 16, 2015|Categories: Astronomy|Tags: , , , , , |

Green Light for Extremely Large Telescope

European Extremely Large Telescope

ESO has given green light for European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), of around one billion euros for the first phase of construction.

By |December 5, 2014|Categories: Astronomy|Tags: , , , , |

The Curves of ESO’s Headquarters

The Curves of ESO’s Headquarters

Bereft of colour in this striking infrared image, the sweeping curves of ESO‘s Headquarters clash with the frosty natural beauty of the surrounding trees.   Image © ESO computer specialist Dirk Essl.

By |February 26, 2014|Categories: Architecture|Tags: , |

Mysteries of Jets from Giant Black Holes

Mysteries of Jets from Giant Black Holes 1

Using the power of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), two international teams of astronomers focused on jets from the huge black holes at the centres of galaxies and see how they affect their surroundings. PR Image eso1344a. Composite view of the galaxy NGC 1433 from ALMA and Hubble

By |October 18, 2013|Categories: Astronomy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

3D Film Hidden Universe

3D Film Hidden Universe

The 3D production Hidden Universe has been released in IMAX® theatres and giant-screen cinemas around the globe.  The film shows state-of-the-art telescopes in high-resolution time-lapse, mesmerising 3D versions of celestial structures, and a 3D simulation of the evolution of the Universe.    Watch the 30-second clip…

By |July 3, 2013|Categories: Astronomy, Entertainment news|Tags: , , , |

Three Exoplanets in Habitable Zone of Nearby Star

Three Exoplanets in Habitable Zone of Nearby Star

Astronomers made new observations of Gliese 667C, and by combing them with existing data from HARPS at ESO’s 3.6-metre telescope in Chile, they reveal a system with at least six planets. A record-breaking three of these planets are super-Earths, lying in the Habitable Zone of the star.

By |June 26, 2013|Categories: Astronomy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

24 robot arms of the K-Band Multi-Object Spectrograph

24 robot arms of the K-Band Multi-Object Spectrograph

What is this? This impressive image is an intricate circle of 24 robotic arms that forms part of the European Space Agency’s new K-Band Multi-Object Spectrograph, or KMOS for short.   Image © ESO

By |June 3, 2013|Categories: Technology news|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Pulsar takes tests of General Relativity into new territory

Pulsar PSR J0348+0432

Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope, along with radio telescopes around the world, they find and study a bizarre stellar pair consisting of the most massive neutron star, orbited by a white dwarf star. This strange new binary allows tests of Einstein’s theory of gravity — general relativity — in ways that were not possible up to now.

Biggest Black Hole Blast Ever

Quasar -SDSS J1106+1939

Astronomers have found biggest Black Hole blast ever, in the heart of a Quasar burning 100 times as much energy as the entire Milky Way galaxy.   Image credit: ESO

By |November 30, 2012|Categories: Astronomy|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Lost in Space- free-floating Planet spotted

Lost in Space- free-floating Planet spotted

Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope have identified a body that is very probably a planet, a free-floating Planet, wandering through space without a parent star.   Image credit: ESO      Watch the video…

By |November 15, 2012|Categories: Astronomy|Tags: , , , , , |