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Distant ALMA antenna - This image shows ALMA antennas on distant pads with the central antennas in the background. More information: http://www.eso.org/public/images/ann14069a/ Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/S. Otarola

Distant ALMA antenna - This image shows ALMA antennas on distant pads with the central antennas in the background. More information: http://www.eso.org/public/images/ann14069a/ Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/S. Otarola

The Most Dazzling Photos From Space This Year | WIRED

From Pluto to Mars, check out the most gorgeous space photos of 2015.

ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile has captured the most detailed image ever taken of the Medusa Nebula (also known Abell 21 and Sharpless - via Passionate Universe's page on FB.

A primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean, and covered a greater portion of the planet’s surface than the Atlantic Ocean does on Earth, according to new results published today. http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1509/

THE big question . there is water on Mars but are there hot tubs? A primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean, and covered a greater portion of the planet’s surface than the Atlantic Ocean does on Earth

Wild Duck Cluster (Messier 11) ~ Open cluster or galactic cluster, located around 6000 light-years away in the constellation of Scutum (The Shield). The Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile has taken this beautiful image, dappled with blue stars, of one of the most star-rich open clusters currently known, being almost 20 light-years across and home to close to 3000 stars. (ESO)

Wild Duck Cluster (Messier ~ Open cluster or galactic cluster, located around 6000 light-years away in the constellation of Scutum (The Shield). The Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile has take

Colour composite image of Centaurus A, revealing the lobes and jets emanating from the active galaxy’s central black hole with a mass of about 100 million solar masses. Centaurus A is an active galaxy about 12 million light years from Earth, the fifth brightest galaxy in the sky, making it an ideal target for amateur astronomers. There is strong evidence that Centaurus A is a merger of an elliptical with a spiral galaxy.

Active Galactic Nuclei - Merging X-ray data (blue) from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory with microwave (orange) and visible images reveals the jets and radio-emitting lobes emanating from Centaurus A's central black hole.

Located some 1300 light-years away in the constellation of Carina (The Keel of the ship Argo). It is informally known as the Wishing Well Cluster, as it resembles scattered silver coins which have been dropped into a well, It was the first target to be observed by the NASA/ESA Hubble Telescope. (May 1990) The stars that with moderate masses are still shining brightly with blue-white colors, but the more massive ones have already exhausted their supplies of hydrogen becoming red giant stars.

Located some 1300 light-years away in the constellation of Carina (The Keel of the ship Argo) or known as the Wishing Well Cluster, first target to be observed by the NASA/ESA Hubble Telescope.

New observations with ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile have revealed alignments over the largest structures ever discovered in the Universe. A European research team has found that the rotation axes of the central supermassive black holes in a sample of quasars are parallel to each other over distances of billions of light-years. The team has also found that the rotation axes of these quasars tend to be aligned with the vast structures in the cosmic web in which they reside. (ESO)

Spooky Alignment of Quasars Across Billions of Light-years - VLT reveals alignments between supermassive black hole axes and large-scale structure

Rainbow skies | This breathtaking view of ESO’s Paranal Observatory reveals a spectacular night scene over part of ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), the observatory’s most famous resident. More information: https://www.eso.org/public/images/potw1816a/ Credit: P. Horálek/ESO

Rainbow skies | This breathtaking view of ESO’s Paranal Observatory reveals a spectacular night scene over part of ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), the observatory’s most famous resident. More information: https://www.eso.org/public/images/potw1816a/ Credit: P. Horálek/ESO

The Milky Way - 84 Million Stars in 9 Billion Pixels via petapixel: The image is a composite of thousands of photos shot by the VISTA survey camera by Astronomers at the European Southern Observatory’s Paranal Observatory in Chile. if you were to print out this image as a standard book photograph, it would be nearly 30-feet wide and 23-feet. Here is the link to the zoomable image. http://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1242a/zoomable/  #Astronomy #Milky_Way

This Mind-blowing Photo of the Milky Way Shows 84 Million Stars in 9 Billion Pixels

The Milky Way - 84 Million Stars in 9 Billion Pixels via petapixel: The image is a composite of thousands of photos shot by the VISTA survey camera by Astronomers at the European Southern Observatory’s Paranal Observatory in Chile.

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A primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean, and covered a greater portion of the planet’s surface than the Atlantic Ocean does on Earth, according to new results published today.

The Royal Observatory, Greenwich, London founded in 1675. The site of the Prime Meridian as well as the origin of Greenwich Mean Time, now the Observatory's  historic buildings house a museum of astronomy, navigation and timekeeping as well as the Weller Galleries of modern astronomy and the award winning Peter Harrison Planetarium.

Royal Observatory

The Royal Observatory, Greenwich, London founded in The site of the Prime Meridian as well as the origin of Greenwich Mean Time, now the Observatory's historic buildings house a museum of astronomy, navigation and timekeeping as well as the Weller

Back on earth this stunning night sky is over the La Silla Observatory in Chile. [OS] [700x990] https://ift.tt/2I4RDO4

Back on earth this stunning night sky is over the La Silla Observatory in Chile. [OS] [700x990] https://ift.tt/2I4RDO4

ESO - eso0202a - The Horsehead Nebula. Image credit: ESO

ESO KUEYEN Telescope, Paranal - 1 January 2000 "The Horsehead Nebula" - The composite colour image is based on 3 exposures in the visual part of the spectrum with the Multi-mode instrument.

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