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Chilean Observatory Reaches for the Stars

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October 29, 2012
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Stunning new images of the Milky Way, recently released by the European Southern Observatory, have excited astronomers and amateur star gazers around the world. But they are merely the latest of many ground-breaking observations recorded at the facility since it was established fifty years ago.


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Deutsche Welle (July 21, 2013) — Known as the E-ELT for short, the European Extremely Large Telescope will be located at the European Southern Observatory, the ESO. At the moment, parts of the spyglass are being assembled in Garching in southern Germany. Jochen Liske of the ESO is involved in the project, which is expected to be ready to operate in the coming decade. Yet astronomers already know the telescope will be used to research black holes. At the moment, an enormous gas cloud is being torn apart by a black hole in the galaxy where the earth is located, the Milky Way. The E-ELT will be used to probe events like this, with the aim of answering key astronomical questions, such as the role of black holes in the development of galaxies.
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NASA Delivers High-Def View of Venus Transit

NASA Delivers High-Def View of Venus Transit

Reuters (June 6, 2012) — Instruments aboard NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) have captured stunning images of the June 5 and 6 transit of Venus across the Sun. The images give a fine detail view of an event that will not happen again until 2117.
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Comet Lovejoy Blazes Trail Across Chilean Sky

Comet Lovejoy Blazes Trail Across Chilean Sky

Reuters (Jan. 4, 2012) — Comet Lovejoy, which many people thought would be destroyed during a close encounter with the Sun, has been captured by the Paranal Observatory in Chile.
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World's Most Powerful Telescope Up and Running

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Reuters (Oct. 4, 2011) — A newly-opened radio telescope high in the Chilean desert is the world's most powerful eye on the universe.
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