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New View of the Brilliant Messier 7 in Scorpius

ESO February 19, 2014 A new image from ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile shows the bright star cluster Messier 7. Easily spotted with the naked eye close to the tail of the constellation of Scorpius, it is one of the most prominent open clusters of stars in the sky — making it an important astronomical research target. Messier 7, ... Read More »

Scientists Create Weather Map of Nearby Brown Dwarf

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Planet Found Around Sun-Like Star in Star Cluster

ESO January 16, 2014 Astronomers have used ESO’s HARPS planet hunter in Chile, along with other telescopes around the world, to discover three planets orbiting stars in the cluster Messier 67. Although more than one thousand planets outside the Solar System are now confirmed, only a handful have been found in star clusters. Remarkably one of these new exoplanets is ... Read More »

A Nova Next to Alpha Centauri

Coconut Science Lab December 11, 2013 Discovered on December 02, 2013, Nova Centauri 2013 is currently visible on a dark night, located in the constellation of Centaurus, not far from the bright stars Alpha and Beta Centauri. The nova was discovered by John Seach from Australia and is the brightest nova to have occurred so far this millennium. The above ... Read More »

New Image of Comet ISON Shows Greenish Tint

  ESO November 22, 2013 This new view of Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) was taken with the TRAPPIST national telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory on the morning of Friday 15 November 2013. Comet ISON was first spotted in our skies in September 2012, and will make its closest approach to the Sun in late November 2013. TRAPPIST has been ... Read More »

Haunting Beauty of the “Coldest Place in the Universe”

NASA JPL October 25, 2013 At a cosmologically crisp one degree Kelvin (minus 458 degrees Fahrenheit), the Boomerang nebula is the coldest known object in the universe — colder, in fact, than the faint afterglow of the Big Bang, the explosive event that created the cosmos. Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope in Chile have taken a ... Read More »

The Stars Above La Silla

The night sky at La Silla, in northern Chile’s Atacama Desert, is the best in the world. Here are some out-of-this-world views to prove it. Read More »

Cat’s Paw Nebula Seen In a Whole New Light

  A brand new instrument called ArTeMiS has been successfully installed on the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX). APEX is a 12-meter diameter telescope located high in Chile’s Atacama Desert, which operates at millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths. This is between infrared light and radio waves in the electromagnetic spectrum. ArTeMiS was used here to deliver a spectacular new view of the ... Read More »

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