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  1. 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

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  2. It's the perfect meeting of old and new. Astronomers have combined the latest data from ESA's Gaia mission with a simple analysis technique from the 18th century to discover a massive star cluster that had previously escaped detection. Now, subsequent investigations are helping reveal the star-forming history of our Galaxy, the Milky Way.
  3. What seemed at first like a rare instance of a huge, ancient galaxy revealed itself to be an even rarer pair of extremely massive galaxies, seen on the brink of merging when the Universe was only a billion years old.
  4. Gas giant Jupiter, organic molecules in star-forming clouds and baby galaxies in the distant Universe are among the first targets for which data will be immediately available from the James Webb Space Telescope once it begins casting its powerful gaze on the Universe in 2019.
  5. Measuring more than 300 000 light-years across, three times the diameter of the Milky Way, this colourful bubble of ionised gas is the biggest to ever have been discovered. The enormous bubble contains 10 individual galaxies and is situated in a particularly dense region of a galaxy group called COSMOS-Gr30, 6.5 billion light-years away from Earth.

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  6. Enough heat to power hydrothermal activity inside Saturn's ocean moon Enceladus for billions of years could be generated through tidal friction if the moon has a highly porous core, a new study finds, working in favour of the moon as a potentially habitable world.
  7. As the Sun sets, the last rays of the day creep through to illuminate ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) as it prepares for another night of cosmos-gazing! This unusual angle reveals the industrial interior of one of the four 8.2-metre Unit Telescopes that comprise the VLT, situated atop Cerro Paranal, Chile.

    The Unit Telescope enclosures play a

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  8. ESA is offering graphic designers and artists a unique opportunity to feature their work on the rocket carrying the CHEOPS satellite.
  9. Brilliant blue stars litter the southern sky and thegalactic bulge of our home galaxy, the Milky Way, hangs serenely above the horizon in this spectacular shot of ESO’s Paranal Observatory.

    This image was taken atop Cerro Paranal in Chile, home to ESO’s

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  10. On Saturday 21 October, ESO Headquarters in Garching, Germany, opened its doors for the yearly Open House Day. In conjunction with other facilities based on the science campus in Garching, ESO invited visitors to experience first-hand its work as the world’s leading ground-based astronomy organisation.

    Before the doors had even opened at 11:00, people were waiting outside, eager to experience all the

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  11. This image from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) shows V1247 Orionis, a young, hot star surrounded by a dynamic ring of gas and dust, known as a circumstellar disc. This disc can be seen here in two parts: a clearly defined central ring of matter and a more delicate

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  12. This family portrait was captured by veteran ESO Photo Ambassador Alexandru Tudorică, and shows all of the telescopes residing at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile.

    Looming over its relatives, ESO’s ...

  13. It may not look like much, but this blob shows a remarkable star named V766 Centauri (V766 Cen for short) and its close companion. It was first studied and classified a few years ago by researchers using ESO's Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) when it was found to be

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  14. This spectacularspiral galaxy, known as NGC 1964, resides approximately 70 million light-years away in the constellation ofLepus (The Hare). NGC 1964 has a bright and dense core. This core sits within a mottled oval disc, which is itself encircled by distinct spiral

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  15. Rising up to block part of the star-studded sky, the New Technology Telescope (NTT) cuts a striking and dramatic figure in this ESO Picture of the Week.

    Located at ESO's La Silla Observatory in the Chilean Atacama Desert, the NTT was inaugurated

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