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  1. Hundreds of astronomical objects are visible in this ESO Picture of the Week, including star clusters, nebulae, dust clouds, and other galaxies

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  2. ESA's high-energy space telescopes INTEGRAL and XMM-Newton have helped to find a source of powerful X-rays at the centre of an unprecedentedly bright and rapidly evolving stellar explosion that suddenly appeared in the sky earlier this year.
  3. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has discovered the brightest quasar ever seen in the early Universe. After 20 years of searching, astronomers have identified the ancient quasar with the help of strong gravitational lensing. This unique object provides an insight into the birth of galaxies when the Universe was less than a billion years old.
  4. Astronomers using ESA's XMM-Newton space observatory have studied a black hole devouring a star and discovered an exceptionally bright and stable signal that allowed them to determine the black hole's spin rate.
  5. Data captured by ESA's galaxy-mapping spacecraft Gaia has revealed for the first time how white dwarfs, the dead remnants of stars like our Sun, turn into solid spheres as the hot gas inside them cools down.
  6. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured the most detailed image yet of a close neighbour of the Milky Way – the Triangulum Galaxy, a spiral galaxy located at a distance of only three million light-years. This panoramic survey of the third-largest galaxy in our Local Group of galaxies provides a mesmerising view of the 40 billion stars that make up one of the most distant objects visible to the naked eye.
  7. Nuzzled in the chest of the constellation Virgo (the Virgin) lies a beautiful cosmic gem — the galaxy Messier 61. This glittering spiral galaxy is aligned face-on towards Earth, thus presenting us with a breathtaking view of

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  8. This panorama of the landscape around ESO’s Paranal Observatory, located in the Chilean Atacama Desert, was taken by ESO Photo Ambassador Petr Horálek.

  9. Few people have ever viewed the Moon through a telescope as monumental as ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT). Astronomers at Paranal Observatory in Chile recently enjoyed this unique opportunity when one of the telescope’s instruments, ...

  10. As 2018 draws to a close we send you all our very best wishes! On behalf of everyone at the European Southern Observatory, have a very merry end of the year and a fruitful start to 2019.

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  11. The R Aquarii system is a symbiotic binary star surrounded by a large, dynamic nebula. Such binaries contain two stars in an unequal and complex relationship — a white dwarf and a ...

  12. This spectacular Picture of the Week was produced from data gathered by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile, combined with data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. It shows a ...

  13. This photo shows the future site of the Technical Facility for ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) — and construction is well underway! Situated at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in the Chilean Atacama Desert, this

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  14. This colourful image shows a part of the Rosette Nebula in the constellation of Monoceros (The Unicorn). It is an emission nebula, composed of clouds of gas that are made to glow by the radiation emanating from stars within. The Rosette

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  15. ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) has captured an unprecedented series of images showing the passage of the exoplanet Beta Pictoris b around its parent star. This young massive exoplanet was initially

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