Strange radio bursts shed light on mysterious galactic halos

In a galactic version of killing two birds with one stone, astronomers have come up with a way to investigate two puzzling cosmic phenomena at the same time.

The Very Large Telescope captures the beautiful remnants of a dying star

The VLT has captured a beautiful cosmic object, the planetary nebula named Abell 24. Located in constellation of Canis Minor (The Lesser Dog), it is a swirl of dust and gas which is illuminated by the core of a dead star.

Uranus’ rings shine brightly but hold a puzzle for astronomers

New images reveal the rings around Uranus, which are almost invisible to most telescopes. But there’s a strange puzzle about them — why they don’t contain any small dust-sized particles.

The Very Large Telescope gets upgrade to aid its hunt for habitable exoplanets

The Very Large Telescope is growing even bigger. The latest addition to the telescope’s suite of instruments is a tool called NEAR (Near Earths in the AlphaCen Region) which will hunt for exoplanets in the nearby Alpha Centauri star system.

Galactic mapping satellite Gaia spotted by ground-based Very Large Telescope

The European Space Agency’s Gaia satellite was launched in 2013 to survey stars in our galaxy. But now the observer has become the observee, as a view of the satellite is captured by the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope.
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Stormy, blistering hot, and full of carbon monoxide: an unfriendly exoplanet

The GRAVITY instrument on the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope Interferometer has observed its first exoplanet, HR8799e, using a technique called optical interferometry.
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Gorgeous image of the Cosmic Bat nebula leaves us starry-eyed

The “Cosmic Bat” nebula has been captured in beautiful detail by the European Southern Observatory. Formally known as NGC 1788, the nebula is two thousand light-years away in a dark corner of the Orion constellation.
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Image shows the dramatic and beautiful last breath of a dying star

The European Southern Observatory has captured an image of a galactic phenomenon known as a planetary nebula. The glow of planetary nebula ESO 577-24 will last only a short time — 10,000 years, which is extremely brief in cosmic terms.
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