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  1. ESA's Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer – JUICE – passed an important milestone, the ground segment requirements review, with flying colours, demonstrating that the teams are on track in the preparation of the spacecraft operations needed to achieve the mission's ambitious science goals.
  2. These 56 smiling students took part in ESO’s Winter Astronomy Camp 2017, which explored the theme of “Distances in the Universe”. The young astronomy enthusiasts enjoyed several astronomical sessions, including lectures, hands-on activities and night-time observations using professional telescopes. They also tried their hand at various winter

  3. ESA’s Matt Taylor has been awarded the 2018 Service Award for Geophysics by the Royal Astronomical Society for his outstanding contribution to the Rosetta mission, while the Planck mission has been honoured with the Group Achievement Award for their extraordinary achievements in cosmology.
  4. The first evening of the new year was beckoned in by a spectacular supermoon, rising up from behind the majestic Cerro Armazones mountain in Chile. A supermoon like this is a magnificent, albeit relatively frequent, occurrence which takes place when a full moon coincides with the point in the

  5. This week’s picture shows spectacular ribbons of gas and dust wrapping around the pearly centre of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1398. This galaxy is located in the constellation of Fornax (The Furnace), approximately 65 million light-years away.

    Rather than beginning at the very middle of the galaxy and swirling outwards, NGC 1398’s graceful spiral

  6. This image shows something spectacular: a galaxy cluster so massive that it is warping the space around it! The cluster, whose heart is at the centre of the frame, is named RCS2 J2327, and is one of the most massive clusters known at its distance or beyond.

    Massive objects such as RCS2 J2327 have such a strong influence on their surroundings that they actually warp the space around them — this

  7. Season's Greetings on behalf of everyone at the European Southern Observatory! We wish you a jolly end of the year and a fruitful 2018!


  8. A riot of colour and light dances through this peculiarly shaped galaxy, NGC 5256. Its smoke-like plumes are flung out in all directions and the bright core illuminates the chaotic regions of gas and dust swirling through the galaxy's centre. Its odd structure is due to the fact that this is not one galaxy, but two – in the process of a galactic collision.
  9. Measuring the positions and motions of more than a billion stars, ESA's Gaia mission will refine our knowledge about our place in the Universe, providing the best ever star chart of our Milky Way and its neighbouring galaxies.
  10. Immense northern storms on Saturn can disturb atmospheric patterns at the planet's equator, finds the international Cassini mission. This effect is also seen in Earth's atmosphere, suggesting the two planets are more alike than previously thought.
  11. This image captures the moment that a supermoon seemed to rest on top of the Chilean mountains, seen from 4.5 kilometres distance from the summit of La Silla. Although not terribly interesting from a scientific perspective, during this relatively rare event the Moon is a little closer

  12. These images were taken by ESO’sSPHERE (Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch) instrument, installed on ESO’sVery Large Telescope

  13. A clear sky, a striking sunset, and the futuristic curves of a state-of-the-art planetarium and visitor centre — what more could you ask for in an ESO Picture of the Week?

    However, this image has something else up its sleeve to delight us: a sun pillar. This softly-glowing column of light

  14. This Picture of the Week shows a huge cloud of gas around the distantquasar SDSS J102009.99+104002.7, taken by theMulti Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) instrument on ESO’s