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7 August 2019

Colourful and wispy, this intriguing collection of objects is known as the Seagull Nebula, named for its resemblance to a gull in flight. Made up of dust, hydrogen, helium and traces of heavier elements, this region is the hot and energetic birthplace of new stars. The remarkable detail captured here by ESO’s VLT Survey Telescope (VST) reveals the individual astronomical objects that make up the celestial bird, as well as the finer features within them. The VST is one of the largest survey telescopes in the world observing the sky in visible light.

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7 August 2019

  ESO Announcements

Science in School: Issue 47 now available

2 August 2019: The latest issue of the free magazine Science in School is now available online and in printed form. This European journal for science teachers offers up-to-date information on cutting-edge science ...

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First 18 ELT Primary Mirror Blanks Arrive at Safran Reosc

2 August 2019: The first set of 18 blanks for the primary mirror of ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope have arrived safely at Safran Reosc in Poitiers, France. The contracts for casting the ...

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ESO and ESA confirm that asteroid 2006 QV89 will not hit Earth in 2019

18 July 2019: Asteroid 2006 QV89, a small object 20 to 50 metres in diameter, was in the news lately because of a very small, 1-in-7000 chance of impact with Earth on 9 ...

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ESO Astronomer awarded the Sparlamento Prize in Research and Development 2019

17 July 2019: ESO astronomer Paolo Padovani has been awarded the “Sparlamento Prize in Research and Development 2019” for his contribution to enhancing Italian excellence in astronomy. The ceremony took place on 5 ...

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The Messenger No. 176 Now Available

10 July 2019: The latest edition of ESO's quarterly journal, The Messenger, is now available online. Find out the latest news from ESO on topics ranging from new instruments to the latest ...

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Remembering Riccardo Giacconi — ESO staff pay tribute to former Director General

26 July 2019: In this special issue of the ESOblog we present tributes to Riccardo Giacconi (ESO Director General 1993–1999, Nobel Prize Laureate 2002), who sadly passed away on 9 December 2018 aged ...

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The mystery of the darkening sky — A story of solar eclipses throughout history

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12 July 2019: On 2 July 2019, a solar eclipse passed over part of South America, temporarily bringing an eerie darkness to ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity ...

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