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The Saturn Nebula Kind of Looks Like the Planet in a Small Telescope, But in One of the Most Powerful Telescopes on Earth, it Looks Like This

Saturn is an icon. There's nothing else like it in the Solar System, and it's something even children recognize. But…

3 years ago

Massive Triple Star System Creates this Bizarre Swirling Pinwheel of Dust. And it Could be the Site of a Gamma Ray Burst

An international team of astronomers recently located a triple star system in our galaxy that will someday unleash a massive…

3 years ago

Super Earth Planet Found Around One of the Closest Stars to us. But it’s Probably a Terrible Place to Live

The Red Dots and CARMENES projects recently announced the discovery of a super-Earth around Barnard's Star, making it the second-closest…

3 years ago

Direct Observations of a Planet Orbiting a Star 63 Light-Years Away

Using the Very Large Telescope, a team of ESO astronomers directly observed Beta Pictoris b over the course of four…

3 years ago

Astronomers Get as Close as They Can to Seeing the Black Hole at the Heart of the Milky Way

Thanks to the GRAVITY collaboration, astronomers have made the most detailed observations of the black hole at the center of…

3 years ago

An Extremely Large Hole has Been Dug for the Extremely Large Telescope

The ESO has broken ground on the Extremely Large Telescope, which will be the world's largest and most-advanced telescope once…

3 years ago

New Video Shows Construction Beginning on the World’s Largest Telescope

A new video released by the ESO illustrates the construction of the Extremely Large Telescope, which will be the world's…

3 years ago

This Beautiful Photo of Galaxy NGC 3981 was Taken by the Most Powerful Telescope in the World for no Scientific Reason at all. Just Because it’s Pretty

When the ESO's Very Large Telescope can't pursue its science objectives, it spends its time capturing stunning image of fascinating…

3 years ago

Telescope Pierces into One of the Biggest Nebulae in the Milky Way to Reveal its Newly Forming (and Nearly Dying) Stars

A recent survey conducted using the ESO's VISTA telescope revealed newly-formed stars and stars nearing their death in the Carina…

3 years ago

Einstein Was Right… Again! Successful Test of General Relativity Near a Supermassive Black Hole

For the first time in history, Einstein's theory of General Relativity was confirmed by observing a star orbiting the supermassive…

3 years ago