NASA’s Kepler Planet-Hunting telescope has lost its ability to point toward stars, because one of the reaction wheels that control the telescope’s orientation in space, has failed.
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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.
On 13 March 2013 the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), most Powerful Telescope, the largest astronomical project in the world, will be inaugurated in Chile, celebrating ALMA’s transition from a construction project to a fully fledged observatory. Image © Almaobservatory
This new gigantic 9-Billion-Pixel photo of Milky Way’s center, from the VISTA infrared survey telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory, contains more than 84 million stars. Image credit: ESO/VVV Consortium. Acknowledgement: Ignacio Toledo, Martin Kornmesser
The Green Bank Telescope (GBT) is the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescope and the world’s largest land-based movable structure. It is part of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) site at Green Bank, West Virginia, USA. Image credit: wikimedia Watch the video…
The first two of the 18 primary mirrors to fly aboard NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope arrived at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Technicians and scientists check out one of those mirrors in the clean room. Image credit: NASA/Mike McClare
The Pencil Nebula also known as NGC 2736, is pictured in a new image from ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. This peculiar cloud of glowing gas is part of a huge ring of wreckage left over after a supernova explosion that took place about 11 000 years ago. This detailed view was produced by the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope.
In this special episode, prepared for their 50th anniversary, ESO is looking at one of the greatest quests that astronomers have pursued over the centuries: the search for life in the Universe. ESO has played an important role in this exciting journey. Scroll down for video