Polish Involvement with ESO

Poland became the 15th member of ESO, when it joined on 28 October 2014. (eso1433)

Poland currently contributes 3.06% of ESO’s revenue, worth 4 971 000 EUR.

Discoveries by Polish astronomers using ESO telescopes

Roberto Mignani at the University of Zielona Góra led a European team who used ESO’s Very Large Telescope to observe a neutron star. They found the first observational indications of a strange quantum effect, first predicted in the 1930s. (eso1641)

Other Polish involvement includes the creation of a 3D Map of distant galaxies using the VLT (ann16086), and the revelation that an object seen in the night sky in 1670 was not a nova but a rare collision between two stars with the use of telescopes including APEX (eso1511).

Additional Involvement

Prior to Poland joining ESO, the Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center in Warsaw hosted and organised the ESO Industry Day. The industry day was also organised by the Polish Astronomical Society and ESO. (ann13005)

Number of Polish astronomers and staff working at ESO

There are currently six Polish nationals employed at ESO or working as students. Five are in Garching and one is in Santiago in Chile.

Polish contributions to the ELT

Polish scientists and engineers, coordinated by the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń are participating in the design of the HIRES spectrograph for the ELT. (ann16017)