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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...

     
  • 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...

     
  • 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...

     
  • Billions of Earth-like worlds in Milky Way

    This artist’s impression shows a sunset seen from a super-Earth orbiting Gliese 667 C. Credit: ESO/L. Calçada

    Our Milky Way galaxy is swarming with tens of billions of habitable rocky planets not much bigger than...

     
  • Oldest known planets in Universe found

    An impression of an alien solar system. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

    Astronomers have discovered the oldest known planets from the early days of the Universe, orbiting a...

     
  • Spectacular view of the ‘Eye of God’

    VISTA's image of the Helix Nebula. Credit: ESO/VISTA/J. Emerson.

    Not for the first time we return to a spectacular nebula that has been dubbed the Eye of God. But this...

     
  • Probing the heart of a stellar nursery

    The rosy heart of the Omega Nebula (ESO)

    It looks like an abstract work of art, and in a way that is just what it is. For this striking image...

     
  • ‘Seven planets’ in new solar system

    ‘Seven planets’ in new solar system

    Astronomers have discovered a new solar system that appears to have almost as many planets as our own....