The Very Large Telescope has captured a highly detailed image of the center of the Milky Way, teaching astronomers more about the history of star formation in our galaxy.
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 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.
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 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.
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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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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