Most stars with masses similar to that of our Sun will end their lives as white dwarfs — small, very dense, and hot bodies that … Read more
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 of … Read more
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 at … Read more
The early galaxies of the universe were very different from today’s galaxies. Using new detailed studies carried out with the ESO Very Large Telescope and … Read more
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 … Read more
Astronomy & Astrophysics is publishing the results of a detailed investigation of how many ‘ultra-compact dwarf galaxies’ (UCDs) can be found in nearby galaxy clusters. … Read more
Astronomers have obtained the best images ever of a star that has lost most of its material to a vampire companion. By combining the light captured by four telescopes at ESO’s Paranal Observatory they created a virtual telescope 130 metres across with vision 50 times sharper than the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Surprisingly, the new results show that the transfer of mass from one star to the other in this double system is gentler than expected.