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  1. The Planck consortium has made their final data release, including new processing of the cosmic microwave background temperature and polarisation data. This legacy dataset confirms the model of an 'almost perfect Universe', with some remaining oddities giving researchers some intriguing details to puzzle over.
  2. The ESA Director of Science solicits proposals from the scientific community in ESA Member States for a Fast (F) mission to be launched in the 2026-2028 timeframe.
  3. This photograph, taken by Vincenzo Forchi, provides a unique insight into one of ESO’s most famous — and hard-working — residents. This cacophony of colour, structure and machinery is the interior of the 8.2-metre Unit Telescope 1 (UT1) of ESO’sVery Large Telescope (VLT), at Paranal

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  4. An international team of scientists has found first evidence of a source of high-energy neutrinos: a flaring active galaxy, or blazar, 4 billion light years from Earth. Following a detection by the IceCube Neutrino Observatory on 22 September 2017, ESA's INTEGRAL satellite joined a collaboration of observatories in space and on the ground that kept an eye on the neutrino source, heralding the thrilling future of multi-messenger astronomy.
  5. This photo montage shows a familiar cosmic object — the Moon — in a very unfamiliar way.

    ESO Photo Ambassador Petr Horálek captured this photoset while visiting ESO’s high-altitude Paranal Observatory in Chile, where skies are remarkably clear. He snapped photographs of this striking blood-red

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  6. This image from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) shows MWC 758, a young star that is approaching adulthood and surrounded by knotty, irregular rings of cosmic dust, three of which can be seen here. Unusually, these rings are elliptical in shape rather than being

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  7. After completion of an independent review, a new launch date for the James Webb Space Telescope has been announced: 30 March 2021.
  8. An object from another star system that made a brief appearance in our skies guised as an asteroid turns out to be a tiny interstellar comet.
  9. Data from the international Cassini spacecraft have revealed complex organic molecules originating from Saturn's icy moon Enceladus, strengthening the idea that this ocean-world hosts conditions suitable for life.
  10. Sitting between Mars and Jupiter, the doughnut-shaped asteroid belt is packed full of rocky bodies and debris. Despite its fragmented, rubbly nature, the total mass contained within the belt is considerable — roughly four per cent of that of the Moon! The majority of this mass is contained within two distinctive bodies: ...

  11. In this spectacular shot from northern Chile, the immediately recognisable and magnificent constellation of Orion (The Hunter) peers down on the small walkway connecting ESO’s 3.6-metre telescope to the now-decommissioned ...

  12. Many telescopes are formed of multiple mirrors or antennas, not just one. ESO’sVery Large Telescope (VLT), located at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile, is a prime example. The VLT comprises four main telescopes, and four smaller, movable auxiliary telescopes — eight individual

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  13. ESO’sLa Silla observatory in Chile is unavoidably photogenic from every angle — including unusual and creative perspectives such as this one!

    This unique panoramic view was captured by...

  14. This ESO Picture of the Week shows the centre of a galaxy named NGC 5643. This galaxy is located 55 million light-years from Earth in the constellation of Lupus (The Wolf), and is known as a Seyfert galaxy. Seyfert galaxies have very

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  15. Two spiral galaxies are locked in a spellbinding, swirling dance in this image from the VIMOS instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT). The two

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