Set lasers to star mode. The European Southern Observatory’s Paranal Observatory in Chile now has four powerful laser beams with which to create artificial stars in the night sky.
Look deeply into this glowing red cloud drifting beyond the edges of our galaxy. Pretty weird, right? The weirdest thing of all, though, is what it’s been hiding.
I have only one piece of advice: Watch out for the spikes before sitting down when you are about to inspect radio telescope antenna.
Set 7,900 ft above sea level, on the outskirts of the Atacama Desert, the La Silla Observatory has an amazing view of the night sky. So good, in fact, that it’s possible to capture other-worldly photos like this, where space and Earth seem to exist as one.
This giant cosmic bubble may seem an unusual sight, but in fact it’s pretty common across the Universe—because its the remnants of a dying star, otherwise known as a planetary nebula.
Is this the Gordian knot of the 21st century? Or a high-tech Medusa? Or maybe both? Well, this photograph was taken inside the Very Large Telescope (VLT) operated by the European Southern Observatory on Cerro Paranal, Chile.
This picture shows the spectrum of light. You may have seen similar images in the past, but this one is something special—because it’s made of star light.
This breathtaking photo shows the intense orange beam of a new 22-watt laser pointed at the planet Saturn. Wait, isn’t this like the shocking scene in Star Wars where the Death Star’s superlaser completely annihilated planet Alderaan?
This stunning aerial photograph of the Very Large Telescope platform somehow reminds me of a smaller base in a real time strategy game, like Starcraft or Total Annihilation.
One way or another, the Pillars of Creation are toast. Based on new observations at the European Southern Observatory, these awe-inspiring structures have another 3 million years before their ghostly image fizzles away into cosmic nothingness.
Like a peaceful scene from a Star Wars movie, the European Southern Observatory's La Silla telescopes sit blanketed in fresh snow as the Sun sets.
This deep space photo is, undoubtedly, beautiful, but it's also something else: a view of space no one has ever seen before.
Being an astronomer working at the Very Large Telescope is probably one of the best jobs in the world. Just look at the view this office has. It's full of stars!
There are not three, four or five, but six different night sky phenomena visible in this amazing astrophoto taken by Petr Horálek, European Southern Observatory's photo ambassador.
Rosetta has beamed back a bunch of great images of Comet 67P, but it's hard to get a handle on what this thing actually looks like. To help, the ESO has stitched together 24 montages based on NAVCAM images taken over the past two months to create this cool visualization.
These days, we're all used to seeing colorful, saturated, high-resolution images of the weird and wonderful things that make up our universe. But they don't start off life looking quite as pretty.
After 10 years of anticipation, the ESA's Philae lander has finally detached from the Rosetta satellite and is currently making its descent to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko where it will land later today. Watch the events as they unfold live right here.
Not how to destroy an entire planet, but how humans are able to create a star—with the help of a laser tuned to 589.2 nanometers wavelength.
This spectacular image was captured by the Wide Field Imager at the La Silla Observatory in Chile, and released today by the European Southern Observatory. To the right of the photograph is nebula NGC 3576. On the left is star cluster NGC3603, home to the Milky Way's highest known concentration of massive stars.
Though the massive 66-antenna ALMA array in Chile's Atacama desert has been online since last October when the last of its 54, 12-meter radios was installed, the system has only been operating at a fraction of its potential resolution. But with the delicate delivery of 12 additional 7-meter radio dishes—the last of…