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Chance meeting creates celestial diamond ring

Most stars with masses similar to that of our Sun will end their lives as white dwarfs — small, very dense, and hot bodies...

First Planet Found Around Solar Twin in Star Cluster

Astronomers have used ESO's HARPS planet hunter in Chile, along with other telescopes around the world, to discover three planets orbiting stars in the...

A fiery drama of star birth and death

Located only about 160 000 light-years from us (eso1311 - http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1311/) in the constellation of Dorado (The Swordfish), the Large Magellanic Cloud is one...

The peanut at the heart of our galaxy

One of the most important and massive parts of the galaxy is the galactic bulge. This huge central cloud of about 10 000 million...

Ripped apart by a black hole

In 2011 ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) discovered a gas cloud with several times the mass of the Earth accelerating towards the black hole...

3 planets in habitable zone of nearby star

Gliese 667C is a very well-studied star. Just over one third of the mass of the Sun, it is part of a triple star system...

ESO’s Very Large Telescope celebrates 15 years of success

With this new view of a spectacular stellar nursery ESO is celebrating 15 years of the Very Large Telescope — the world's most advanced...

Omega Nebula’s smoky pink core

A new image of the Omega Nebula, captured by ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT), is one of the sharpest of this object ever taken...

Atoms-for-Peace: A galactic collision in action

Atoms-for-Peace is the curious name given to a pair of interacting and merging galaxies that lie around 220 million light-years away in the constellation of Aquarius. It is also known as NGC 7252 and Arp 226 and is just bright enough to be see...

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