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  1. This image, taken by ESOPhoto AmbassadorPetr Horálek, shows the planetVenus shining brightly over...

  2. Beauty, grace, mystery – this magnificent spiral galaxy has all the qualities of a perfect galactic Valentine. Captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, the galaxy NGC 3344 presents itself face-on, allowing astronomers a detailed look at its intricate and elegant structure. And Hubble's ability to observe objects over a wide range of different wavelengths reveals features that would otherwise remain invisible.
  3. This ghostly image features a distant and pulsating red giant star known as R Sculptoris. Situated 1200 light-years away in the constellation of Sculptor, R Sculptoris is something known as a carbon-rich ...

  4. The Red Planet's low gravity and lack of magnetic field makes its outermost atmosphere an easy target to be swept away by the solar wind, but new evidence from ESA's Mars Express spacecraft shows that the Sun's radiation may play a surprising role in its escape.
  5. An international team of astronomers has used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to look for atmospheres around four Earth-sized planets orbiting within or near TRAPPIST-1's habitable zone. The new results further support the terrestrial and potentially habitable nature of three of the studied planets. The results are published in Nature Astronomy.
  6. Imagine a packed party: music is blaring and you can feel the bass vibrate in your chest, lights are flashing, balloons are falling from the ceiling and the air is filled with hundreds of separate conversations. At the same time your cell phone is vibrating in your pocket and your drink is fizzing in the glass. Now imagine you can block out this assault on your senses to create a perfectly quiet bubble around you, only letting in the unmistakable voice of your best friend who's trying to get...
  7. This unusual image reveals the aftermath of a catastrophic collision between two galaxies, which happened about one billion years ago. The result? A single, very oddly shaped galaxy named NGC 7252, and curiously nicknamed the Atoms for Peace galaxy.

    At the heart of this merger remnant lies a fascinating “minispiral” — a rotating disc

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  8. ESA's XMM-Newton has spotted surprising changes in the powerful streams of gas from two massive stars, suggesting that colliding stellar winds don't behave as expected.
  9. Squint or you’ll miss it! At the very centre of this image, taken with theVIMOS instrument attached to ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), you can just about see the faint and fuzzy blue form of a

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  10. The rugged terrain of the Chilean Atacama Desert offers a truly striking backdrop for photographs — as evidenced by this snap of ESO’s Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA), taken by ESO Photo Ambassador Alexandru Tudorică at ESO’s

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  11. 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

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  12. 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

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  13. 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

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  14. 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

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  15. 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!

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