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  • Monster yellow star is 1,300 times wider than the Sun

    An artist’s impression shows the yellow hypergiant star HR 5171. Credit: ESO

    Astronomers have discovered that a star that is just too faint to be seen with the unaided eye is actually...

     
  • Land deal marks big step towards mega telescope

    Tim de Zeeuw (ESO Director General), and Sebastián Piñera (President of Chile)

    What will become the world’s largest optical telescope came a step closer yesterday when Chile’s...

     
  • Galaxy’s central bulge is shaped like a peanut

    The centre of our galaxy aooears as the richest part of the Milky Way above ESO's 3.6-metre telescope at La Silla, Chile, in this photo. Credit: ESO/Serge Brunier

    The heart of our own Milky Way galaxy is shaped like a peanut, astronomers have discovered. The revelation...

     
  • ALMA – the birth of a giant telescope

    Sandra Kropa at the 5,000-metre high ALMA observatory in Chile. Credit: Sandra Kropa

    Every time we see an image taken by a space or ground telescope, we mostly hear about the image itself...

     
  • Astronomers see gas cloud ripped apart by black hole

    A simulation of the gas cloud passing close to the supermassive black hole at the centre of the galaxy. Credit: ESO/S. Gillessen/MPE/Marc Schartmann

    Astronomers around the world are taking advantage of a unique opportunity to watch as a cloud of gas...

     
  • Milky Way photo shows 84 million stars

    A close-up of just part of the huge infrared image reveals countless stars and filaments of dust. Credit: ESO/VVV Consortium. Acknowledgement: Ignacio Toledo

    A giant dust-busting astronomical telescope in Chile has zoomed in on the heart of our Milky Way galaxy...

     
  • Giant stars are victims of cosmic vampires

    A smaller vampire star shown draining its companion in an artist's impression. Credit: ESO//L. Calçada/S.E. de Mink

    Most of the biggest stars in the galaxy have smaller companions that are leeching their lifeblood from...

     
  • Telescope link-up probes distant quasar

    n artist’s impression of the quasar 3C 279 which has been observed in unprecedented detail. Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser

    Astronomers have linked up three observatories to zoom in on a quasar marking the site of a monstrous...

     
  • Planet-hunters find new worlds in old data

    An artist's impression of an exoplanet system. Credit JPL/NASA

    Two scientists have ‘shone a light’ in the foggy spectra of an exoplanetary star system,...

     
  • Time machine will study the first galaxies

    An engineer inspecting the full array of 24 arms fitted to KMOS. Credit: ATC

    British astronomers have finished building a cosmic time machine to discover how the earliest galaxies...

     
  • Monster telescope gets the go-ahead

    Impression of the E-ELT above the clouds. Credit: ESO

    The go-ahead has been given to build the world’s largest optical telescope, a monster European...

     
  • Dying stars create cosmic sandblasts

    An artist's impression of the sandstorm surrounding the star W Hya. Credit: Anna Mayall

    Astronomers have discovered that dying stars are producing violent cosmic sandstorms by blasting streams...