Top 100 Images

The Very Large Telescope Snaps a Stellar Nursery and Celebrates Fifteen Years of Operations
Thor’s Helmet Nebula imaged on the occasion of ESO’s 50th Anniversary
VLT looks into The Eyes of the Virgin
VISTA's infrared view of the Orion Nebula*
Credit:

ESO/J. Emerson/VISTA.
Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

A 340-million pixel starscape from Paranal
The Helix Nebula*
Credit:

ESO

The Centre of the Milky Way*
Credit:

ESO/S. Gillessen et al.

The Horsehead Nebula*
Credit:

ESO

ALMA and the centre of the Milky Way
The Carina Nebula imaged by the VLT Survey Telescope
Credit:

ESO. Acknowledgement: VPHAS+ Consortium/Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

A deep look at the strange galaxy Centaurus A
ESO’s VLT reveals the Carina Nebula's hidden secrets
VST image of the star-forming region Messier 17
Credit:

ESO/INAF-VST/OmegaCAM. Acknowledgement: OmegaCen/Astro-WISE/Kapteyn Institute

VST image of the giant globular cluster Omega Centauri*
Credit:

ESO/INAF-VST/OmegaCAM. Acknowledgement: A. Grado/INAF-Capodimonte Observatory

Messier 78: a reflection nebula in Orion
Credit:

ESO/Igor Chekalin

2M1207b - First image of an exoplanet
The hidden fires of the Flame Nebula*
Credit:

ESO/J. Emerson/VISTA. Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

Early Morning on Paranal*
Credit:

ESO/H.H. Heyer

Rare 360-degree Panorama of the Southern Sky*
The Milky Way panorama
Credit:

ESO/S. Brunier

NGC 2264 and the Christmas Tree cluster*
Spiral galaxy NGC 1232
The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) by night, under the Magellanic Clouds
VISTA gigapixel mosaic of the central parts of the Milky Way
Credit:

ESO/VVV Survey/D. Minniti
Acknowledgement: Ignacio Toledo, Martin Kornmesser

The Southern Milky Way Above ALMA
ALMA's World At Night
Credit:

ESO/B. Tafreshi (twanight.org)

The R Coronae Australis region imaged with the Wide Field Imager at La Silla*
Centaurus A*
Credit:

ESO/WFI (Optical); MPIfR/ESO/APEX/A.Weiss et al. (Submillimetre); NASA/CXC/CfA/R.Kraft et al. (X-ray)

A Pool of Distant Galaxies
Credit:

ESO/ Mario Nonino, Piero Rosati and the ESO GOODS Team

Panoramic view of the WR 22 and Eta Carinae regions of the Carina Nebula*
Three Planets Dance Over La Silla
Credit:

Y. Beletsky (LCO)/ESO

A Hard Day's Night Ahead
Credit:

ESO/B. Tafreshi (twanight.org)

Antennae Galaxies composite of ALMA and Hubble observations
Credit:

ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO). Visible light image: the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope

VISTA’s infrared view of the Cat’s Paw Nebula*
Credit:

ESO/J. Emerson/VISTA
Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

Portrait of a Dramatic Stellar Crib*
Credit:

ESO/R. Fosbury (ST-ECF)

APEX at Chajnantor*
Credit:

ESO/H.H.Heyer

The star cluster NGC 3293
Credit:

ESO/G. Beccari

Cosmic Fireball Falling Over ALMA
The mouthpiece of the Pipe Nebula
Eclipsed Moon, Striking Night Sky
Credit:

ESO/Y. Beletsky

The VLT in Action*
Credit:

ESO/S. Brunier

Infrared VISTA view of a stellar nursery in Monoceros*
Credit:

ESO/J. Emerson/VISTA.
Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

The Eagle Nebula
Credit:

ESO

The Omega Nebula
Credit:

ESO

The Tinker Bell Triplet
The Lupus 3 dark cloud and associated hot young stars
The globular star cluster 47 Tucanae
Credit:

ESO/M.-R. Cioni/VISTA Magellanic Cloud survey.
Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

ALMA’s Solitude
Credit:

ESO/B. Tafreshi (twanight.org)

Exoplanet Hunters at La Silla*
Credit:

Iztok Bončina/ESO

Iconic, Conical Licancabur Watches Over Chajnantor
Mars, 2099?
Credit:

ESO/J. Girard

Yepun’s Laser and the Magellanic Clouds
Icy Penitents by Moonlight on Chajnantor
ESO Headquarters at Sunset*
Credit:

ESO/H. Heyer

Close-up of the drama of star formation
Credit:

ESO/Sergey Stepanenko

Bird’s Eye View of the Very Large Telescope*
Paranal Observatory and the Volcano Llullaillaco*
Trailing stars above Paranal
Credit:

ESO/Stéphane Guisard (www.eso.org/~sguisard)

370-million-pixel starscape of the Lagoon Nebula
Artist’s impression of Corot-7b
Credit:

ESO/L. Calcada

The Trifid Nebula
Credit:

ESO

Spiral Galaxy NGC 253*
Glowing Stellar Nurseries*
Credit:

ESO/APEX/DSS2/ SuperCosmos/ Deharveng(LAM)/ Zavagno(LAM)

N44 in the Large Magellanic Cloud
Radiance of Milky Way over La Silla
New Image of Comet ISON
Credit:

TRAPPIST/E. Jehin/ESO

A VISTA Before Sunset
Credit:

ESO/B. Tafreshi (twanight.org)

The Pencil Nebula, a strangely shaped leftover from a vast explosion
APEX Stands Sentry on Chajnantor
The VLT Survey Telescope: the largest telescope in the world designed for visible light sky surveys
Stellar nursery NGC 3603*
One million stars — towards the dark heart of the Milky Way*
Credit:

ESO/VISTA. Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

Celestial Conjunction at Paranal
Credit:

ESO/Y. Beletsky

Group Portrait of the VLT with the Galaxy
Spiral Galaxy NGC 4945
Paranal Platform After Sunset*
Credit:

ESO/H.H.Heyer

The Milky Way glitters brightly over ALMA
The star formation region NGC 6559
Credit:

ESO/U.G. Jørgensen

Artist impression of the E-ELT dome
Curious spiral spotted by ALMA around red giant star R Sculptoris (data visualisation)
ALMA antennas under the Milky Way
Credit:

ESO/José Francisco Salgado (josefrancisco.org)

Dark Sky and White Desert — Snow pays a rare visit to ESO’s Paranal Observatory
A Laser Beam Towards the Milky Way's Centre*
Wide Field Imager view of the spiral galaxy NGC 247
Starry La Silla
Credit:

Iztok Bončina/ESO

VISTA Magellanic Cloud Survey view of the Tarantula Nebula*
Credit:

ESO/M.-R. Cioni/VISTA Magellanic Cloud survey. Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

Paranal After Sunset
Credit:

ESO/Y. Beletsky

Panorama of Sunset on Paranal
Credit:

ESO/Y. Beletsky

Really Hot Stars
Credit:

ESO

The Eagle's EGGs *
Credit:

ESO/M.McCaughrean & M.Andersen (AIP)

La Silla Poses for an Ultra HD Shoot
Close-up view of the head of the Seagull Nebula
The Paranal basecamp from above
VISTA’s look at the Helix Nebula
Credit:

ESO/VISTA/J. Emerson. Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

The Cool Clouds of Carina
Credit:

ESO/APEX/T. Preibisch et al. (Submillimetre); N. Smith, University of Minnesota/NOAO/AURA/NSF (Optical)

Laser Meets Lightning
Credit:

ESO/M. Kornmesser

The VLT Survey Telescope (VST)
Credit:

ESO/G. Lombardi (glphoto.it)

Another Perfect Day at Paranal
Credit:

ESO/José Francisco Salgado (josefrancisco.org)

The Galactic Centre above the ESO 3.6-metre telescope
Starlight Shines Brightly Above Paranal
Credit:

ESO/José Francisco Salgado (josefrancisco.org)

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