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Amazing Video Timelapse Of Big Telescopes At Work In Chile

by Elizabeth Howell September 2, 2014

What’s it like to spend a night at a huge telescope observatory? Jordi Busque recorded a brilliant timelapse of the Very Large Telescope (VLT) and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). What makes this video unique is not only the exotic location in Chile, but the use of sound in the area rather than music. […]

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Keeping An Eye On Gaia

by Jason Major February 18, 2014

Gaia, ESA’s long-anticipated mission to map the stars of our galaxy (as well as do a slew of other cool science things) is now tucked comfortably in its position in orbit around Earth-Moon L2, a gravitationally stable spot in space 1.5 million km (932,000 miles) away. Once its mission begins in earnest, Gaia will watch about […]

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Gorgeous Telescope Timelapse Makes You Feel Like You’re Standing In Chile

by Elizabeth Howell November 13, 2013

As the chill of winter settles into the northern hemisphere, fantasies of down-south travel pervade a lot of people’s dreams. Well, here’s a virtual journey to warm climes for astronomy buffs: a beautiful, music-filled timelapse of several European Southern Observatory telescopes gazing at the heavens in Chile. Elizabeth Howell on Google+

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Pulled Apart By Black Hole Heart

by Tammy Plotner July 17, 2013

If you thought all was reasonably quiet at the center of the Milky Way, you’d be wrong. Of course, you knew there was a black hole waiting… but did you know the ESO’s Very Large Telescope has seen a cloud of gas being ripped apart by its influence? Thanks to new observations, we’re able to […]

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A Galaxy Grows Fat on Nearby Gas

by Jason Major July 4, 2013

If you live in the U.S. you may be enjoying a sultry summer day off in honor of Independence Day, or at least have plans to get together with friends and family at some point to partake in some barbecued goodies and a favorite beverage (or three). And as you saunter around the picnic table […]

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