A team of photographers, including some ESO Photo Ambassadors, is visiting the observatory sites in Chile to obtain images for use in planetarium presentations. This is ESO's Fulldome Expedition. The results will be spectacular, but a lot of work goes into the preparation. Here Photo Ambassador Babak Tafreshi sets up his camera in readiness for nightfall. More information: https://www.eso.org/public/videos/esocast88a/ Credit: ESO
ESO is a place where talented engineers, astronomers and many other specialists from all over the world meet and work together. A place where knowledge is shared to provide the astronomical community with the tools to conduct cutting-edge research. One of the ESO scientists who is well known to ESOcast viewers is our regular presenter, Dr J. aka Dr Joe Liske. More information: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/esocast86a/ Credit: ESO
More information: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/esocast85a/ Credit: ESO
ESO has awarded the biggest contract in ground-based astronomy -- to build the E-ELT dome and telescope structure. So it’s a good time to take a look at what the E-ELT will be. More information: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1617a/ Credit: ESO
Astronomers using telescopes at ESO's observatories in Chile have discovered three planets around a dim dwarf star just 40 light-years from Earth. These worlds have sizes and temperatures similar to those of Venus and the Earth, and they may be the best targets so far found in the hunt for life elsewhere in the Universe. More information: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1615a/ 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.
Not a single confirmed planet outside the Solar System had been detected before the year 1990. But, remarkably, we now know of thousands and have studied many in surprising detail. This ESOcast takes a look at how ESO’s observatories in Chile have been at the forefront of this enormous expansion in knowledge, and how their state-of-the-art instruments are continuing to discover and study the extraordinary diversity of exoplanets.
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
Astronomers using ESO facilities have been advancing astronomical studies for decades. Along the way, there have been many truly significant findings that have had a major impact on our understanding of the Universe. This ESOcast takes a look at what have been ranked as the top 10 discoveries made using ESO telescopes. More information: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/esocast75a/ Credit: ESO
The MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope has given astronomers the best ever three-dimensional view of the deep Universe. After staring at the Hubble Deep Field South region for a total of 27 hours the new observations reveal the distances, motions and other properties of far more galaxies than ever before in this tiny piece of the sky. But they also go beyond Hubble and reveal many previously unseen objects. This ESOcast explains what makes the new MUSE observations so significant and shows how astronomers interpret three-dimensional datacubes of the distant Universe.
This ESOcast takes a close look at an unusual new group of small telescopes that has recently achieved first light at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in northern Chile. More information, full credits and download options are available on: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1502a/
The European Extremely Large Telescope — or E-ELT for short — will be by far the largest optical and near-infrared telescope in the world. In early December 2014 the ESO Council gave the go-ahead for the first construction phase of the telescope. More information, full credits and download options are available on: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1440a/
ESOcast 69 presents the result of the latest ALMA observations, which reveal extraordinarily fine detail that has never been seen before in the planet-forming disc around the young star HL Tauri. This revolutionary image is the result of the first observations that have used ALMA with its antennas at close to the widest configuration possible. As a result, it is the sharpest picture ever made at submillimetre wavelengths. More information, full credits and download options are available on: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1436a/
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.