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WIDE-EYED: ESPRESSO Planet Hunter Ready to Drink in the Universe for Alien Worlds. The ESPRESSO i…

WIDE-EYED: ESPRESSO Planet Hunter Ready to Drink in the Universe for Alien Worlds. The ESPRESSO instrument, which is installed on the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in northern Chile, made its first observations last month, project team members announced today (Dec. 6). ESPRESSO is designed to find alien planets via the “radial velocity” […]

ESO's ESPRESSO! Searching for Alien Worlds --"With Unprecedented Precision" (WATCH Video)

ESPRESSO (The Echelle SPectrograph for Rocky Exoplanet and Stable Spectroscopic Observations) has successfully made its first observations. Installed on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, ESPRESSO will search for exoplanets with unprecedented precision by looking at the minuscule changes...        

First light for ESPRESSO -- the next generation planet hunter

(ESO) The Echelle SPectrograph for Rocky Exoplanet and Stable Spectroscopic Observations (ESPRESSO) has successfully made its first observations. Installed on ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, ESPRESSO will search for exoplanets with unprecedented precision by looking at the minuscule changes in the light of their host stars. Show More Summary

ESO Observes a Giant Structure Forming Around an Ancient Quasar

A huge cloud of gas with a diameter of about a million light-years has formed around the distant quasar SDSS J102009.99+104002.7, taken by the Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory...        

MATISSE to shed light on the formation of Earth and planets

The MATISSE instrument is ready to be sent to Chile, where in the next few weeks it will be installed on the Very Large Telescope (VLT), the world's most powerful astronomical observatory. This achievement is the outcome of fifteen years of development, including a final year of testing at the Laboratoire J.-L. Show More Summary

A spectral Saturn shines in new ESO nebula snap

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The ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) has captured a beautiful image of a planetary nebula known as NGC 7009, or the Saturn Nebula, as part of a wider study attempting to unravel the processes that give these vast cosmic clouds of dust...Show More Summary

"Strange Unknown Structures of the Saturn Nebula" --Revealed by ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT)

The spectacular planetary nebula NGC 7009, or the Saturn Nebula, emerges from the darkness like a series of oddly-shaped bubbles, lit up in glorious pinks and blues captured by the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope. The image reveals a...        

Supermassive black holes feed on cosmic jellyfish

An Italian-led team of astronomers used the MUSE (Multi-Unit Spectroscopic Explorer) instrument on the Very Large Telescope (VLT) at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile to study how gas can be stripped from galaxies. They focused on extreme...Show More Summary

Cutting-edge adaptive optics facility sees first light

(ESO) The Unit Telescope 4 (Yepun) of ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) has now been transformed into a fully adaptive telescope. After more than a decade of planning, construction and testing, the new Adaptive Optics Facility (AOF) has seen first light with the instrument MUSE, capturing amazingly sharp views of planetary nebulae and galaxies. Show More Summary

Dazzling spiral with an active heart

(ESO) ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) has captured a magnificent face-on view of the barred spiral galaxy Messier 77. The image does justice to the galaxy's beauty, showcasing its glittering arms criss-crossed with dust lanes -- but it fails to betray Messier 77's turbulent nature.

A galaxy on the edge

(ESO) This colorful stripe of stars, gas, and dust is actually a spiral galaxy named NGC 1055. Captured here by ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT), this big galaxy is thought to be up to 15 percent larger in diameter than the Milky Way. Show More Summary

Researchers produce vital component in search for earth-like planets

Researchers at Uppsala University plan to manufacture a new type of coronagraph for the VLT, the Very Large Telescope in Chile. The coronagraph is a key component of the telescope which will be used to search for planets in the neighbouring star system Alpha Centauri.

Breathtaking! European Southern Observatory Facilities In Aerial Views | Video

The Very Large Telescope (VLT), Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), La Silla Observatory, and the future site of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) are flown over by drones and briefly explained.

VLT to search for planets in Alpha Centauri system

(ESO) ESO has signed an agreement with the Breakthrough Initiatives to adapt the Very Large Telescope instrumentation in Chile to conduct a search for planets in the nearby star system Alpha Centauri. Such planets could be the targets for an eventual launch of miniature space probes by the Breakthrough Starshot initiative.

Ancient Quasars Cast Light on Mysteries of the Cosmic Web

An international collaboration of astronomers, led by a group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland, has used the unrivalled observing power of MUSE on the Very Large Telescope (VLT) at ESO's Paranal Observatory to study...

ESO's VLT detects unexpected giant glowing halos around distant quasars

(ESO) An international team of astronomers has discovered glowing gas clouds surrounding distant quasars. This new survey by the MUSE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope indicates that halos around quasars are far more common than expected. Show More Summary

VLT detects unexpected giant glowing halos around distant quasars

An international collaboration of astronomers, led by a group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland, has used the unrivalled observing power of MUSE on the Very Large Telescope (VLT) at ESO's Paranal Observatory to study gas around distant active galaxies, less than two billion years after the Big Bang. Show More Summary

ESO's ALMA Observatory Uncovers Secrets of Giant Space Blob

An international team using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), along with the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) and other telescopes, has discovered the true nature of a rare object in the distant Universe called a Lyman-alpha Blob...

Astronomers peered deeper into the Orion Nebula than ever before — here's what they saw

Astronomers working at the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile have captured the deepest, most detailed image of the Orion Nebula to date. The team used an infrared instrument called HAWK-I, which is mounted to the VLT, to capture this...Show More Summary

Deepest ever look into Orion

ESO's HAWK-I infrared instrument on the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile has been used to peer deeper into the heart of Orion Nebula than ever before. The spectacular picture reveals about ten times as many brown dwarfs and isolated planetary-mass objects than were previously known. Show More Summary

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