Celestial Laser Show? Nope, These Are Trails Showing Off Star Colors

by Elizabeth Howell December 19, 2013

There are so many colorful streaks in that image above that you’d be forgiven for thinking somebody is shooting lasers around the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile. Actually, though, this demonstrates a common technique for astronomy photo-taking where you do a time lapse to watch the stars moving as the Earth makes its daily […]

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Zodiacal Light Over ESO’s La Silla Observatory

by Jason Major June 29, 2013

We don’t put much stock in astrology or horoscopes here at Universe Today, but there’s one thing related to the zodiac that’s all science and no superstition: zodiacal light, captured here in a gorgeous photo by astronomer Alan Fitzsimmons above ESO’s La Silla Observatory. Created by sunlight reflected off fine particles of dust concentrated inside […]

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A Radio Astronomer’s Paradise

by Jason Major April 1, 2013

Last month a dozen journalists from around North America were guests of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and got to take a trip to the Atacama Desert in Chile to attend the inauguration of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array observatory — ALMA, for short. It was, in no uncertain terms, a radio astronomer’s paradise. Join […]

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The Paranal and the Shadow of the Earth

by Jason Major December 17, 2012

This beautiful photo, taken by ESO photo ambassador Babak Tafreshi, shows the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope array and VISTA telescope atop the peaks of the Cerro Paranal in Chile’s Atacama Desert. In the distance the Earth’s shadow extends outward toward the horizon, divided from the bluer daytime sky by the dusky pink “Belt of […]

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First Images in a New Hunt for Dark Energy

by Jason Major September 17, 2012

Zoomed-in image from the Dark Energy Camera of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1365, about 60 million light-years from Earth. (Dark Energy Survey Collaboration) The ongoing search for dark energy now has a new set of eyes: the Dark Energy Camera, mounted on the 4-meter Victor M. Blanco telescope at the National Science Foundation’s Cerro […]

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