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With Proxima b Confirmed as Earth’s Nearest Neighbor, Humanity Has a New Destination

With Proxima b Confirmed as Earth’s Nearest Neighbor, Humanity Has a New Destination

Of all the stunning real-life images of deep space captured by the telescopes of the European Southern Observatory, this artist’s impression may be the most profound. As expected, the ESO held a press conference at its headquarters in Munich, Germany yesterday to announce that its researchers have indeed discovered a near Earth sized planet orbiting […]

ESO’s Wednesday Presser: Earth 2.0 at Proxima Centauri?

ESO’s Wednesday Presser: Earth 2.0 at Proxima Centauri?

German rocket pioneer Krafft Ehricke supposedly once said “if God had meant mankind to become a spacefaring species he would have given us a Moon.” Based on that sentiment, tomorrow could be a bad day for atheists. Last month, word began to come out that an Earth sized planet has been discovered in the habitable […]

ESO’s ALMA Makes First Observation of Snow Line in Space

ESO’s ALMA Makes First Observation of Snow Line in Space

One of the more noticeable themes in planetary science over the last few years has been the discovery that our solar solar system, and presumably many others as well, is a very wet place, brimming with water, ice and snow in some of the most unexpected locations, such as possible subsurface ocean on Pluto. But […]

ESO Signs Contract for World’s Largest Telescope

ESO Signs Contract for World’s Largest Telescope

  Whenever possible, Innerspace likes to end the work week with an another in the steady stream of image releases from the European Southern Observatory, which operates a series of ground based facilities in Chile’s Atacama desert. Earlier this week, ESO issued an organizational announcement which means the images are only going to keep getting […]

Emissions Nebula Image From ESO

Emissions Nebula Image From ESO

  Another stunner from the European Southern Observatory From the ESO Description: “LHA 120-N55, or N55 as it is usually known, is a glowing gas cloud in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way located about 163 000 light-years away. N55 is situated inside a supergiant shell, or superbubble called […]

Potentially Habitable Planets Hiding Around Ultra-Cool Dwarf Stars

Potentially Habitable Planets Hiding Around Ultra-Cool Dwarf Stars

From the ESO: Astronomers using the TRAPPIST telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory have discovered three planets orbiting an ultracool dwarf star just 40 light-years from Earth. These worlds have sizes and temperatures similar to those of Venus and Earth and are the best targets found so far for the search for life outside the […]

ESO: First Light for Very Large Telescope Laser Array

ESO: First Light for Very Large Telescope Laser Array

From the European Southern Observatory: On 26 April 2016 ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile hosted an event to mark the first light for the four powerful lasers that form a crucial part of the adaptive optics systems on ESO’s Very Large Telescope. Attendees were treated to a spectacular display of cutting-edge laser technology against the […]

ESO: Inside the Fiery Furnace

ESO: Inside the Fiery Furnace

Another ridiculously stunning image from the European Southern Observatory. This isn’t science fiction folks, this is the universe, or creation, depending on your viewpoint, in all its unbridled glory. And to think that this band of mostly hairless primates on the third planet out from an inconsequential star in a fairly mundane galaxy are inquisitive […]

Birth of a New Earth: Will We Still Be Around to See It Turn 16?

Birth of a New Earth: Will We Still Be Around to See It Turn 16?

In the best image of its kind to date, ESO’s ALMA captures a protoplanetary disc around the star TW Hydrae, revealing the telltale signature of rings and gaps that indicate planets are in the process of formation. Press Release From the European Southern Observatory: The star TW Hydrae is a popular target of study for […]

Can an Entire Galaxy Be Lonely?

Can an Entire Galaxy Be Lonely?

From the European Southern Observatory comes a series of images of what is described as a “lonely galaxy,” a description which may be as fitting as it is evocative. The images, which were taken by ESO’s OmegaCAM on the VLT Survey Telescope, shows the dwarf galaxy Wolf-Lundmark-Melotte (WLM) which was first discovered in 1909 but not […]

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