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Supersharp Images from New VLT Adaptive Optics

Posted by baffa on Jul 19, 2018 - 12:31 PM
ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) has achieved first light with a new adaptive optics mode called laser tomography — and has captured remarkably sharp test images of the planet Neptune, star clusters and other objects.


Posted by baffa on Dec 05, 2014 - 05:39 PM
At its meeting on 3 and 4 December 2014, the ESO Council authorized the construction of the E-ELT in two phases. The Phase 1 will provide a fully working 39-metre telescope with a suite of instruments.

Live Streaming of ALMA Inauguration

Posted by baffa on Mar 11, 2013 - 10:01 AM
On 13 March 2013 the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) will be inaugurated. The stream will be available on the day here.

ALMA Starts Observing

Posted by baffa on Oct 05, 2011 - 10:37 AM
ESO announced the first images of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA).

E-ELT at Cerro Armazones

Posted by baffa on Apr 28, 2010 - 04:32 PM
On 26 April 2010, the ESO Council selected Cerro Armazones as the baseline site for the planned 42-metre European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT).

E-ELT Site Selection

Posted by baffa on Mar 04, 2010 - 03:12 PM
E-ELT Site Selection Advisory Committee Recommends Cerro Armazones in Chile.

Closing the Loop for ALMA

Posted by baffa on Jan 11, 2010 - 04:33 PM
The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has passed a key milestone. Astronomers and engineers have, for the first time, successfully linked three of the observatory's antennas at the 5000-metre elevation observing site in northern Chile.

VISTA has started work

Posted by baffa on Dec 15, 2009 - 02:00 PM

ALMA "first fringes"

Posted by baffa on Nov 24, 2009 - 05:59 PM
A team of astronomers and engineers at the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have obtained the first interferometric measurements of radio signals of an astronomical source from the observatorys 5000-metre high site of Chajnantor.

ALMA Takes Another Step Forward

Posted by baffa on Sep 24, 2009 - 09:29 AM
The ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) astronomical observatory has taken another step forward. One of its state-of-the-art antennas was carried for the first time to the 5000m plateau of Chajnantor, in the Chilean Andes

First Alma antenna

Posted by baffa on Dec 19, 2008 - 10:28 AM
The first of many state-of-the-art antennas has just been handed over to the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) project.

First direct images of a planetary family

Posted by baffa on Nov 17, 2008 - 03:00 PM

First Light for APEX bolometer

Posted by baffa on Aug 07, 2007 - 03:45 PM
From ESO press release:
The world's largest bolometer camera for submillimetre astronomy is now in service at the 12-m APEX telescope, located on the 5100m high Chajnantor plateau in the Chilean Andes. LABOCA was specifically designed for the study of extremely cold astronomical objects and, with its large field of view and very high sensitivity, will open new vistas in our knowledge of how stars form and how the first galaxies emerged from the Big Bang.

New Wide Field Near-Infrared Imager for VLT

Posted by baffa on Aug 07, 2007 - 11:00 AM
From ESO press release:
"After three years of hard work, HAWK-I (High Acuity, Wide field K-band Imaging) saw First Light on Yepun, the Telescope number 4 of ESO's VLT, on the night of 31 July to 1 August 2007. The first images obtained impressively demonstrate its potential."

The Yebes 40-m Radiotelescope Starts Observations

Posted by baffa on Jul 03, 2007 - 09:36 AM
The 40-m diameter radiotelescope at Centro Astronomico de Yebes performed its first astronomical observations.

MAD First Light

Posted by baffa on Mar 30, 2007 - 05:01 PM
From ESO press release:
On the evening of 25 March 2007, the Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics Demonstrator (MAD) achieved First Light at the Visitor Focus of Melipal, the third Unit Telescope of the Very Large Telescope (VLT). MAD allowed the scientists to obtain images corrected for the blurring effect of atmospheric turbulence over the full 2x2 arcminute field of view. This world premiere shows the promises of a crucial technology for Extremely Large Telescopes.

ESO starts European Extremely Large Telescope

Posted by baffa on Dec 12, 2006 - 11:20 AM
From ESO site:
European astronomy has received a tremendous boost with the decision from ESO's governing body to proceed with detailed studies for the European Extremely Large Telescope. This study, with a budget of 57 million euro, will make it possible to start, in three years time, the construction of an optical/infrared telescope with a diameter around 40m that will revolutionise ground-based astronomy. The chosen design is based on a revolutionary concept specially developed for a telescope of this size.

Funding Cut For Arecibo Observatory?

Posted by baffa on Nov 13, 2006 - 01:35 PM
In a Senior Review conducted by the National Science Foundation, a panel of experts recommended the reduction of funding to Arecibo Observatory, the world's largest radio telescope. Unless other sources of funding are found, Arecibo faces severe cuts in its program, with the prospect of closure around the year 2011.

First Light for the VLT Laser Guide Star Facility

Posted by baffa on Feb 25, 2006 - 06:40 PM
At Cerro Paranal in Chile, home of ESO's Very Large Telescope array, ESO scientists were able to create the first artificial star in the Southern Hemisphere. This artificial laser guide star makes it possible to apply adaptive optics systems, that counteract the blurring effect of the atmosphere, almost anywhere in the sky.

LBT First Light

Posted by baffa on Oct 27, 2005 - 12:00 PM
The LBT Telescope Foundation announced the achievement of telescope first light on Oct 12nd 2005.

APEX telescope inaugurated

Posted by baffa on Sep 28, 2005 - 07:45 AM
The Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) project celebrates the inauguration of its outstanding 12-m telescope, located on the Chajnantor plateau in the Atacama Desert (Chile).

SALT Telescope First Light

Posted by baffa on Sep 07, 2005 - 05:20 PM
Even before the official opening of Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), scheduled for the 10th of November, scientific observations are already started.

GMT's first mirror cast

Posted by baffa on Jul 25, 2005 - 10:00 AM
The first mirror of the GMT (Giant Magellan Telescope) have been cast on July 23 at the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab (Tucson, AZ).

Ultra-fast Movies of the Sky

Posted by baffa on Jun 11, 2005 - 07:55 AM
The recent commissioning of the Visitor Instrument ULTRACAM on the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile opens new windows on astronomical objects.

VLTI First Fringes with 2 AT

Posted by baffa on Mar 15, 2005 - 06:00 PM
The Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) at Paranal has just seen another extension of its interferometric capabilities by combining interferometrically the light from two relocatable 1.8-m Auxiliary Telescopes (ATs).
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