Black hole found hiding in star cluster outside our galaxy

11.11.2021 13:00, ESO Top News

Using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT), astronomers have discovered a small black hole outside the Milky Way by looking at how it influences the motion of a star in its close vicinity. This is the first time...

Astronomers make most distant detection yet of fluorine in star-forming galaxy

04.11.2021 17:00, ESO Top News

A new discovery is shedding light on how fluorine — an element found in our bones and teeth as fluoride — is forged in the Universe. Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), in which the European Southern Observatory (ESO) is...

Astronomers make most distant detection yet of fluorine in star-forming galaxy

04.11.2021 17:00, ESO Top News

A new discovery is shedding light on how fluorine — an element found in our bones and teeth as fluoride — is forged in the Universe. Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), in which the European Southern Observatory (ESO) is...

Meet the 42: ESO images some of the biggest asteroids in our Solar System

12.10.2021 14:00, ESO Top News

Using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT) in Chile, astronomers have imaged 42 of the largest objects in the asteroid belt, located between Mars and Jupiter. Never before had such a large group of asteroids been...

Meet the 42: ESO images some of the biggest asteroids in our Solar System

12.10.2021 14:00, ESO Top News

Using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT) in Chile, astronomers have imaged 42 of the largest objects in the asteroid belt, located between Mars and Jupiter. Never before had such a large group of asteroids been...

ESO captures best images yet of peculiar “dog-bone” asteroid

09.09.2021 14:00, ESO Top News

Using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT), a team of astronomers have obtained the sharpest and most detailed images yet of the asteroid Kleopatra. The observations have allowed the team to constrain the 3D shape...

ESO captures best images yet of peculiar “dog-bone” asteroid

09.09.2021 14:00, ESO Top News

Using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT), a team of astronomers have obtained the sharpest and most detailed images yet of the asteroid Kleopatra. The observations have allowed the team to constrain the 3D shape...

New ESO observations show rocky exoplanet has just half the mass of Venus

05.08.2021 14:00, ESO Top News

A team of astronomers have used the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT) in Chile to shed new light on planets around a nearby star, L 98-59, that resemble those in the inner Solar System. Amongst the findings are a...

New ESO observations show rocky exoplanet has just half the mass of Venus

05.08.2021 14:00, ESO Top News

A team of astronomers have used the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT) in Chile to shed new light on planets around a nearby star, L 98-59, that resemble those in the inner Solar System. Amongst the findings are a...

Astronomers make first clear detection of a moon-forming disc around an exoplanet

22.07.2021 14:00, ESO Top News

Using the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimeter Array (ALMA), in which the European Southern Observatory (ESO) is a partner, astronomers have unambiguously detected the presence of a disc around a planet outside our Solar System for the first...

Astronomers make first clear detection of a moon-forming disc around an exoplanet

22.07.2021 14:00, ESO Top News

Using the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimeter Array (ALMA), in which the European Southern Observatory (ESO) is a partner, astronomers have unambiguously detected the presence of a disc around a planet outside our Solar System for the first...

Galactic fireworks: new ESO images reveal stunning features of nearby galaxies

16.07.2021 14:00, ESO Top News

A team of astronomers has released new observations of nearby galaxies that resemble colourful cosmic fireworks. The images, obtained with the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT), show different components of the...

Galactic fireworks: new ESO images reveal stunning features of nearby galaxies

16.07.2021 14:00, ESO Top News

A team of astronomers has released new observations of nearby galaxies that resemble colourful cosmic fireworks. The images, obtained with the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT), show different components of the...

Mystery of Betelgeuse’s dip in brightness solved

16.06.2021 17:00, ESO Top News

When Betelgeuse, a bright orange star in the constellation of Orion, became visibly darker in late 2019 and early 2020, the astronomy community was puzzled. A team of astronomers have now published new images of the star’s surface, taken using the...

Mystery of Betelgeuse’s dip in brightness solved

16.06.2021 17:00, ESO Top News

When Betelgeuse, a bright orange star in the constellation of Orion, became visibly darker in late 2019 and early 2020, the astronomy community was puzzled. A team of astronomers have now published new images of the star’s surface, taken using the...

Pozoruhodný příběh s červenými skřítky z mise Swarm

25.05.2021 15:00, ESA Czech Republic

Všichni dobře známe bleskové výboje, které doprovází silné bouřky. Zatímco troposferické blesky pocházejí z bouřkových mraků a směřují směrem dolů, daleko prchavější jev vzniká výše v atmosféře a vystřeluje směrem do vesmíru. Jaká je tedy...

Heavy metal vapours unexpectedly found in comets throughout our Solar System — and beyond

19.05.2021 17:00, ESO Top News

A new study by a Belgian team using data from the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT) has shown that iron and nickel exist in the atmospheres of comets throughout our Solar System, even those far from the Sun. A...

Heavy metal vapours unexpectedly found in comets throughout our Solar System — and beyond

19.05.2021 17:00, ESO Top News

A new study by a Belgian team using data from the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT) has shown that iron and nickel exist in the atmospheres of comets throughout our Solar System, even those far from the Sun. A...

New telescope at ESO’s La Silla joins effort to protect Earth from risky asteroids

27.04.2021 12:00, ESO Top News

Part of the world-wide effort to scan and identify near-Earth objects, the European Space Agency’s Test-Bed Telescope 2 (TBT2), a technology demonstrator hosted at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile, has now started operating. Working alongside...

New telescope at ESO’s La Silla joins effort to protect Earth from risky asteroids

27.04.2021 12:00, ESO Top News

Part of the world-wide effort to scan and identify near-Earth objects, the European Space Agency’s Test-Bed Telescope 2 (TBT2), a technology demonstrator hosted at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile, has now started operating. Working alongside...