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 Rolling red hills stretch out below the exceptionally clear blue sky that is typical of ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile. (ESO/Jose Francisco Salgado)

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The ESO 3.6-meter telescope at La Silla observatory in Chile, during observations. (ESO/S. Brunier)

 

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Seen edge-on, observations of NGC 4945 suggest that this hive of stars is a spiral galaxy much like our own Milky Way, with swirling, luminous arms and a bar-shaped center. (ESO)

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This color-composite image of the Helix Nebula (NGC 7293) was created from images obtained using the Wide Field Imager camera attached to the 2.2-meter Max-Planck Society/ESO telescope at the La Silla observatory in Chile. (ESO)

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ESO’s VISTA, or the Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy, has captured this unusual view of the Helix Nebula, a planetary nebula located 700 light years away. (ESO/VISTA/J. Emerson)

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On Aug. 18 the sky above the Allgau Public Observatory in southwestern Bavaria was an amazing sight, with the night lit up by two very different phenomena: one an example of advanced technology, and the other of nature’s dramatic power. (ESO/M. Kornmesser)

 

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An artist’s impression of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) in its enclosure on Cerro Armazones, a 3,060-meter mountaintop in Chile’s Atacama Desert. 

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This picture of the spiral galaxy, called NGC 247, was taken using the Wide Field Imager camera at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. (ESO)

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The night sky above Cerro Paranal, the home of ESO’s Very Large Telescope, is dark and dotted with the bright stars of the Milky Way as well as other distant galaxies. (ESO/Y. Beletsky)

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Four antennas of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array gaze up at the star-filled night sky, in anticipation of the work that lies ahead. (ESO/Jose Francisco Salgado)

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 Our skies are currently witnessing a phenomenon known as a syzygy — when three celestial bodies (or more) nearly align themselves. When celestial bodies have similar ecliptic longitude, this event is also known as a triple near-conjunction. (ESO/Y. Beletsky)

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The exoplanet Corot-7b is so close to its sun-like host star that it must experience extreme conditions. (ESO/L. Calcada)

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 Babak Tafreshi, one of the ESO Photo Ambassadors, has captured a curious phenomenon on the Chajnantor plateau, the site of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter array. (ESO/B. Tafreshi)

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 Observations using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array have revealed an unexpected spiral structure in the material around the old star R Sculptoris. (ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/M. Maercker et al.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted October 23, 2013 by kitokinimi in Uncategorized

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