Prof. Adriaan Blaauw (1914–2010), the second ESO Director General (from 1970–1974), speaks about why a vantage point in the southern hemisphere is extremely important for astronomical observations. This is an extract from “Europe Reaches for the Stars”, a video produced to celebrate ESO’s 40th anniversary. More information: https://www.eso.org/public/videos/blaauwstatementb/ Credit: ESO
This episode of the ESOcast introduces a new type of ESOcasts called "Chile Chill". These ESOcasts offer a calm experience of the Chilean night sky and ESO's observatory sites, undisturbed by facts or narration. In this episode we follow a typical night of observing for ESO's telescopes. Credit: ESO
More information: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/esocast53a/ Credit: ESO. Editing: Herbert Zodet. Web and technical support: Mathias André and Raquel Yumi Shida. Music: John Stanford (johnstanfordmusic.com). Footage and photos: ESO, Christoph Malin (christophmalin.com), Babak Tafreshi (twanight.org), Stéphane Guisard (www.eso.org/~sguisard), José Francisco Salgado (josefrancisco.org), ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), L. Calçada, M. Kornmesser, Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org), Digitized Sky Survey 2. Directed by: Herbert Zodet. Executive producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen.
This new ESOcast features six specialists in different areas who work at ESO in Germany and in Chile. Get to know the work they do at ESO, but also learn about interesting hobbies they pursue in their free time and how these hobbies may be connected to their work. Credits and more information are available on: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/esocast67a/
More information: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/esocast85a/ Credit: ESO
ESO's facilities in Chile are very photogenic. But almost all pictures and videos of them have been taken from the ground. This time, however, we have spectacular aerial views, which offer a surprising new perspective. More information: https://www.eso.org/public/videos/esocast89a/ Credit: ESO
This ESOcast is about the discovery of the most distant quasar found to date. This brilliant beacon is powered by a black hole with a mass two billion times that of the Sun. It is by far the brightest object yet discovered in the early Universe. More information: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1122a/
More information and download options are available on: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/esocast61a/
On 11 October 2014 the ESO Headquarters in Garching, Germany, once more opened their doors to the public. Some 3 300 people used this special opportunity of the Open House Day to visit the centre of the world's foremost astronomical organisation.
On 19 June 2014, a major milestone on the road to the construction of the European Extremely Large Telescope was reached. Part of the 3000-metre peak of Cerro Armazones was blasted away as a step towards levelling the summit. This paves the way for the largest optical/infrared telescope in the world. Credits and more information are available on: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/esocast66a/
Astronomers using ESO’s leading exoplanet hunter HARPS have today announced more than fifty newly discovered planets around other stars. Among these are many rocky planets not much heavier than the Earth. One of them in particular seems to orbit in the habitable zone around its star. This ESOcast we look at how astronomers discover these distant worlds and what the future may hold for finding rocky worlds like the Earth that may support life. More information: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1134a/
In this ESOcast we look at how 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 cluster Messier 67. Although more than one thousand planets outside the Solar System are now confirmed, only a handful have been found in star clusters. Remarkably one of these new exoplanets is orbiting a star that is a rare solar twin — a star that is almost identical to the Sun in all respects.
This joint episode of the Hubblecast and ESOcast presents Abell 2744, an unusual cluster of galaxies nicknamed "Pandora's Cluster" by the astronomers who have studied it. Looking at the galaxies, gas and dark matter in the cluster, scientists have reconstructed the series of huge collisions that created it, and have uncovered some strange phenomena never seen together before. More information: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1120a/
An exoplanet orbiting a star that entered our galaxy, the Milky Way, from another galaxy has been detected by a European team of astronomers using the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. The Jupiter-like planet is particularly unusual, as it is orbiting a star nearing the end of its life and could be about to be engulfed by it, giving clues about the fate of our own planetary system in the distant future. More information: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1045a/
Images from ESO’s Very Large Telescope and the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have revealed unique and totally unexpected structures in the dusty disc around the star AU Microscopii. These fast-moving wave-like dust features are unlike anything ever observed, or even predicted, before now. More information: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1538a/ Credit: ESO
And a unique new project will now allow members of the public to go behind the scenes and follow a planet hunt as it happens! Credit: ESO. Editing: Herbert Zodet. Web and technical support: Mathias André and Raquel Yumi Shida. Written by: Rebecca Davies, Oana Sandu and Guillem Anglada. Narration: Sara Mendes da Costa. Music: Johan B. Monell (www.johanmonell.com). Footage and photos: ESO, L. Calçada, M. Kornmesser,Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org), B. Tafreshi (twanight.org),Y. Beletsky (LCO), S. Brunier, NASA, ESA/Hubble,C. Malin (christophmalin.com) and A. Santerne. Directed by: Herbert Zodet. Executive producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen.
This video podcast explains the ESO Very Large Telescope’s Rapid Response Mode, which makes it possible to observe gamma-ray bursts only a few minutes after they are first spotted. As the optical afterglow of a gamma-ray burst fades extremely rapidly, observations must start as quickly as possible. And the Very Large Telescope has the capability to master this time critical issue better than any other telescope. More information: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1049a/