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This spectacular image from the SPHERE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope is the first clear image of a planet caught in the very act of formation around the dwarf star PDS 70. The planet stands clearly out, visible as a bright point to the right of the centre of the image, which is blacked out by the coronagraph mask used to block the blinding light of the central star. Credit: ESO/A. Müller et al.

Newborn planet caught in the act of forming in the dusty disc

Astronomers at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany have caught a fabulous snapshot of planetary development around the youthful dwarf star...
Image of ESO 325-G004

VLT makes most precise test of Einstein’s general relativity outside milky way

Astronomers utilizing the MUSE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope in Chile, and the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, have made the most exact test...
Hubble and ALMA image of MACS J1149.5+2223

Astronomers found evidence for stars forming just 250 million years after Big Bang

Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) have captured the evidence on star formation in the very distant galaxy MACS1149-JD1 suggesting that...
PR Image eso1814a Artist’s impression of exiled asteroid 2004 EW95

Astronomers discovered Exiled asteroid in outer reaches of solar system

Using ESO telescope, astronomers discovered an unusual Kuiper Belt Object 2004 EW95 is a carbon-rich asteroid while investigating a relic of the primordial Solar System....
SPHERE image of the dusty disc around IM Lupi

SPHERE reveals mind-blowing zoo of discs around young stars

The SPHERE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile allows astronomers to suppress the brilliant light of nearby stars in order to...
Neutron Star

Dead star circled by light

New pictures from ESO's Very Large Telescope in Chile and different telescopes uncover a rich scene of stars and shining billows of gas in...
This spectacular and unusual image shows part of the famous Orion Nebula, a star formation region lying about 1350 light-years from Earth. It combines a mosaic of millimetre wavelength images from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and the IRAM 30-metre telescope, shown in red, with a more familiar infrared view from the HAWK-I instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope, shown in blue. The group of bright blue-white stars at the left is the Trapezium Cluster — made up of hot young stars that are only a few million years old.

New data from ALMA unveiled inner web of stellar nursery

New information from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and different telescopes have been utilized to demonstrate a web of filaments in the Orion...
The MATISSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) successfully made its first observations at the Paranal Observatory in northern Chile in early-2018. MATISSE is the most powerful interferometric instrument in the world at mid-infrared wavelengths. It will use high-resolution imaging and spectroscopy to probe the regions around young stars where planets are forming as well as the regions around supermassive black holes in the centres of galaxies. This image is a colourised version of the first MATISSE interferometric observations of the star Sirius, combining data from four Auxiliary Telescopes of the VLT. The colours represent the changing wavelengths of the data, with blue showing the shorter wavelengths and red the longer. The observations were made in the infrared, so these are not the colours that would be seen with the human eye.

MATISSE instrument sees first light on ESO’s Very Large Telescope interferometer

MATISSE (Multi AperTure mid-Infrared SpectroScopic Experiment) observes infrared light, light between the visible and microwave wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum, covering wavelengths from 3–13 micrometers (µm). It...
Glory From Gloom

Glory From Gloom

A dark cloud of grandiose tidy snakes over this fantastic wide field picture, enlightened by the splendid light of new stars. This thick cloud...

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