Very Large Telescope (VLT)

Climate Change is Making the Atmosphere Worse for Astronomy

Modern astronomical telescopes are extraordinarly powerful. And we keep making them more powerful. With telescopes like the Extremely Large Telescope…

4 months ago

New Images of the “Golf Ball” Asteroid Pallas

New images of the asteroid Pallas (the clearest and most detailed to date) reveal that it looks like a "golf…

11 months ago

Astronomers Find a Galaxy Containing Three Supermassive Black Holes at the Center

NGC 6240 is a puzzle to astronomers. For a long time, astronomers thought the galaxy is a result of a…

1 year ago

Asteroid 2006 QV89 Now Has a 0% Chance of Hitting Earth in September

Why report on an asteroid that has no chance of hitting Earth? Because this asteroid, known as 2006 QV89, has…

2 years ago

A double asteroid came uncomfortably close this weekend. Here’s what astronomers saw

Using the Very Large Telescope, a team of ESO scientists took some stunningly clear images of a double asteroid that…

2 years ago

Astronomers See Adorable Baby Planets Forming Around a Young Star

370 light years away from us, a solar system is making baby planets. The star at the center of it…

2 years ago

Bad News. Planets Orbiting Red Dwarfs Might not have the Raw Materials for Life

New research from the Hubble Space Telescope and the ESO's Very Large Telescope is dampening some of the enthusiasm in…

2 years ago

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…

2 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…

2 years ago

Witness The Power Of A Fully Operational ESPRESSO Instrument. Four Telescopes Acting As One

The ESO's ESPRESSO instrument is getting all four of the telescopes at the Very Large Telescope to play nicely together,…

3 years ago