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Dear Fellow Communicators, In June we had the privilege to host world renowned astrophotographer, Serge Brunier, at our sites in Chile, from where he kept a live blog on the SkyPix Science et Vie website. Serge is, as he says ...

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ESO Outreach Community Newsletter
June 2012

Dear Fellow Communicators,

In June we had the privilege to host world renowned astrophotographer, Serge Brunier, at our sites in Chile, from where he kept a live blog on the SkyPix Science et Vie website. Serge is, as he says himself, “obsessed” with the Atacama Desert and returns there every year. It’s no surprise he has lots of interesting stories to share! If you missed his blog posts, you can still read them in English and in French.

As you might have noticed, we had some interesting and unique communication opportunities (or perhaps we should rather say “challenges”) lately. Four presidents and the King of Spain visited Paranal. Wonderful and also quite demanding. And as you are undoubtedly aware, ESO’s Council approved the E-ELT programme. Exciting times!

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest Photo Ambassador, Gabriel Brammer! Born in Des Moines, Iowa (USA), Gabriel works as an astronomer at the ESO La Silla–Paranal Observatory. Gabriel has long enjoyed the beautiful skies of northern Chile, producing stunning images to share with the world. Read more about him here.

If you are curious how ESO has helped astronomers to explore the Universe at longer wavelengths, such as the infrared and radio regimes, then don’t miss the fourth anniversary special ESOcast episode! This is part of our new 50th anniversary movie Europe to the Stars — ESO’s first 50 years of exploring the southern sky.

And if you are looking for project ideas in the classroom, download the latest issue of the free magazine Science in School. You will find science education projects in which students can build their own radio telescope or seismograph at school, or study solar and lunar eclipses in the classroom.

Finally, don’t miss the Communicating Astronomy With the Public Journal! One of the highlights of the latest issue discusses the different tools science communication specialists use to gauge how well they reach their target audiences. Also in this issue, there is an article on the project Multiverso, a cultural initiative in which an astronomer and a rock musician team up, combining their passions to create awareness about astronomy. Don’t forget that we — your fellow communicators — are eager to know more about how you do your work, so keep contributing with articles to CAPjournal!

Let’s reach new heights in astronomy together,

Lars Lindberg Christensen (lars@eso.org)
Head, ESO education and Public Outreach Department (ePOD)




  ESO Announcements


Science in School Issue 23: Out Now!

18 June 2012: The latest issue of the free magazine Science in School is now available online and in print. The European journal dedicated to science teachers and educators offers numerous interesting articles ...

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World Renowned Astrophotographer Serge Brunier Blogs Live from ESO’s Observatories — A blog in English and French hosted by Skypix Science et Vie

18 June 2012: World renowned astrophotographer and ESO Photo Ambassador, Serge Brunier, has returned to ESO’s observatory sites in Chile and this time he is sharing his experiences on a live blog hosted ...

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Foundation Stone Laid for ESO Headquarters Extension

11 June 2012: On 11 June 2012 at 18:00, a ceremony took place at ESO’s Headquarters in Garching bei München, Germany, to mark the laying of the foundation stone of a major new ...

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Communicating Astronomy With the Public Journal Issue 12 Now Available

31 May 2012: The 12th issue of the free peer-reviewed journal for science communicators, Communicating Astronomy with the Public (CAPjournal), is now available for download. One of the highlights of the issue discusses ...

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Tycho Brahe Prize 2012 Awarded to Reinhard Genzel

30 May 2012: The European Astronomical Society [1] has announced that the 2012 Tycho Brahe Prize has been awarded to Professor Reinhard Genzel, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to European near-infrared instrumentation ...

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  ESOcasts


ESOcast 44 Special: Changing Views -- Special 50th anniversary episode #4

5 June 2012: Leading up to ESO’s 50th anniversary in October 2012, we are releasing eight special ESOcasts, each a chapter from the movie Europe to the Stars -- ESO’s First 50 Years ...

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