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An international team using ALMA, along with ESO's Very Large Telescope and other telescopes, has discovered the true nature of a rare object in the distant universe called a Lyman-alpha blob.

Aging Star's Weight Loss Secret Revealed

A team of astronomers using ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) has captured the most detailed images ever of the hypergiant star VY Canis Majoris.

Observing the Birth of a Planet

Observing time at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) on Paranal Mountain is a very precious commodity.

Globular star clusters are huge balls of thousands of stars that orbit most galaxies. They are among the oldest known stellar systems in the Universe and have survived through almost the entire span of galaxy growth and evolution.

A Grand Extravaganza of New Stars

This dramatic landscape in the southern constellation of Ara (The Altar) is a treasure trove of celestial objects.

A team of astronomers, led by Darach Watson, from the University of Copenhagen used the Very Large Telescope's X-shooter instrument along with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array to observe one of the youngest and most remote galaxies ever found.

The MUSE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope has given astronomers the best ever three-dimensional view of the deep Universe.

The Hot Blue Stars of Messier 47

This spectacular image of the star cluster Messier 47 was taken using the Wide Field Imager camera, installed on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile.

At a recent meeting ESO's main governing body, the Council, gave the green light for the construction of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) in two phases.

VLTI Detects Exozodiacal Light

Using the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) in near-infrared light, the team of astronomers observed 92 nearby stars to probe exozodiacal light from hot dust close to their habitable zones and combined the new data with earlier observations.

SPHERE -- the Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch instrument -- has been installed on ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory in Chile and has achieved first light.

Magnetar Formation Mystery Solved?

Magnetars are the bizarre super-dense remnants of supernova explosions. They are the strongest magnets known in the Universe -- millions of times more powerful than the strongest magnets on Earth.

Astronomers using ESO's Very Large Telescope in Chile have captured this eye-catching image of planetary nebula PN A66 33 -- usually known as Abell 33.

NGC 1316: Galactic Serial Killer

Several clues in the structure of NGC 1316 reveal that its past was turbulent.

ESO's Very Large Telescope Interferometer has revealed the largest yellow star -- and one of the ten largest stars found so far.

First Light for MUSE

Following testing and preliminary acceptance in Europe in September 2013, MUSE was shipped to ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile.

Diamonds in the Tail of the Scorpion

A new image from ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile shows the bright star cluster Messier 7.

First Weather Map of Brown Dwarf

ESO's Very Large Telescope has been used to create the first ever map of the weather on the surface of the nearest brown dwarf to Earth.

VST images the Lagoon Nebula

The VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile has captured this richly detailed new image of the Lagoon Nebula.

An international team of astronomers has observed part of the final death throes of the largest known star in the universe as it throws off its outer layers. The discovery, by a collaboration of scientists from the UK, Chile, Germany and the USA, is a vital step in understanding how massive stars return enriched material to the interstellar medium -- the space between stars -- which is necessary for forming planetary systems.

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