Double asteroid tracked by VLT in planetary defense test

The European Very Large Telescope participated in test coordinated by the International Asteroid Warning Network, successfully targeting, tracking and imaging a double asteroid as it flew within 5.2 million km of Earth on 25 May.

First detailed observations of material orbiting close to a black hole

The novel GRAVITY instrument has discovered clumps of gas swirling around at about 30 per cent of the speed of light on a circular orbit just outside the innermost stable orbit of a four million mass black hole.

Einstein's general relativity confirmed near black hole

Observations have for the first time clearly revealed the effects of Einstein's general relativity on the motion of a star passing through the extreme gravitational field very close to the supermassive black hole.

New Super-Crisp Images of Neptune

This is a new picture of Neptune taken from the Earth. It’s nothing short of amazing.

Haunting Beauty of a Distant Star Cluster

A new image of star cluster RCW 38, an area strewn with young, hot, massive stars, is providing an unprecedented glimpse into a tumultuous region of space located 5,500 light-years from Earth.

First-Ever Picture of a Planet Being Born

For the very first time, astronomers have captured an image of a baby planet as it carves a path through the disc of dust that surrounds its star, an orange dwarf 113.4 parsecs (370 light-years) away from Earth.

Too Many Massive Stars in Starburst Galaxies, Near and Far

  • 5 Jun 2018

Astronomers have discovered that both starburst galaxies in the early Universe and a star-forming region in a nearby galaxy contain a much higher proportion of massive stars than is found in more peaceful galaxies.

UK astronomers find exoplanets with sodium, helium in atmospheres

A team of researchers, using Europe’s Very Large Telescope in Chile, has found an exoplanet, WASP-96b, with a cloud-free atmosphere, allowing them to detect sodium in levels similar to abundances on Earth.

First light achieved for next-generation planet-hunter

The Echelle SPectrograph for Rocky Exoplanet and Stable Spectroscopic Observations (ESPRESSO) has successfully made its first observations.

This Is the Deepest View Into the Universe That Has Ever Been Seen

The Very Large Telescope in Chile has taken the deepest spectroscopic survey of space ever, with astronomers focusing on the Hubble Ultra Deep Field.

New Study of Antares Creates the Best Map Ever of a Distant Star

A new research study by a group of astronomers, based on observation using the VLTI, has created the most detailed map of a star other than the Sun.

ESOcast Light: VLT to search for planets around Alpha Centauri

ESO has signed an agreement with the Breakthrough Initiatives to adapt the Very Large Telescope instrumentation in Chile to conduct a search for planets in the nearby star system Alpha Centauri.

Surprising planet with three suns discovered

A team of astronomers have used the SPHERE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope to image the first planet ever found in a wide orbit inside a triple-star system.

Astronomers just switched on a device that lets them observe the Milky Way's black hole

Astronomers working with the European Space Agency's (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile have just announced that a black hole-observing device called GRAVITY is now fully operational and it's has already provided one accurate measurement.

XXL Hunt for Galaxy Clusters

Observations from ESO telescopes provide crucial third dimension in probe of Universe's dark side. ESO telescopes have provided an international team of astronomers with the gift of the