European Southern Observatory

Space

The World's Largest Telescope Is Being Built So We Can Finally Find Aliens

A video touting the ELT says it's the biggest telescope currently under construction and could be the first to spot aliens.
Beckett Mufson
5.31.17
ALIENS

Massive Telescope Will Be Upgraded to Study the Nearest Exoplanets to Earth

Proxima b is the closest known exoplanet to our solar system. Now the Very Large Telescope will look for its neighbors.
Becky Ferreira
1.11.17
videos

Start Rolling Your Blunts: Spherical Planetarium Videos Are Here

Pair these videos with some spacedub made from ripples in the curvature of spacetime, and send your mind to the stars.
Samantha Cole
1.6.17
Art

Proof the Milky Way Is the Greatest Light Show Ever

The APEX Telescope’s giant new image shows the Milky Way as you've never seen it before.
DJ Pangburn
2.24.16
Science

Astronomers Find the Most Massive Overlapping Star System Ever

Some like it hot. As in “40,000 degrees Celsius” hot.
Becky Ferreira
10.22.15
nasa

This Young Star Is a Window Into the Sun’s Past

Astronomers glimpse the innermost region of a developing star.
Becky Ferreira
9.14.15
chile

Astronomers Capture the Birth of the Universe’s First ‘Normal’ Galaxies

“For the first time we are seeing early galaxies not merely as tiny blobs, but as objects with internal structure!”
Becky Ferreira
7.27.15
nasa

An Old Astronomical Rule Says There Should Be Way More Habitable Planets

And researchers are applying the theory to findings from NASA's planet-hunting Kepler satellite with interesting results.
Ben Richmond
3.18.15
Motherboard Blog

Drive a Huge Telescope in this Space Observatory Game

An engineer at the European Southern Observatory made a browser game based on the world's largest telescope project.
Victoria Turk
1.31.14
Motherboard Blog

The World's Biggest Optical Telescope is European and Extremely Large

While the United States' space program may be withering up into a sad nostalgic raisin, at least the Europeans are still thinking extremely large. Member states of the European Southern Observatory and a number of partners, including Brazil, have...
Brian Merchant
6.12.12
Motherboard

The World's Largest, Most Complex Telescope Opens Its Eyes for the First Time

The world’s newest, largest and most complicated telescope is now officially open for astronomy. Located high in the deserts of Chile, the European Southern Observatory’s Atacama Large Millimetre/sub-millimetre Array (ALMA)
Chris Hatherill
10.3.11
Motherboard Blog

Bask in the Explosive Brilliance of the Fried Egg Nebula

There's a curious breed of person who wanders the world's beaches and mini-malls, in all of their leathery, charred glory: the tanning addict. No matter how many hours they bake, basted in oil, the Sun simply isn't strong enough for them. Luckily...
Derek Mead
9.28.11