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ESO Outreach Community Newsletter April 2017
ESO — Reaching New Heights in Astronomy
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ESO Outreach Community Newsletter
April 2017

Dear Fellow Communicators,

This month all eyes are on ALMA, which has joined the global attempt to image the event horizon of a supermassive black hole. The campaign, called “Attempting the Impossible”, shows how ALMA, as part of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) and the Global mm-VLBI Array (GMVA), attempts to study in detail the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way. The observations with the international ALMA observatory will take place in the first half of April. You can learn more about the Event Horizon Telescope in blog posts here and read more about the campaign here.

This month we are also preparing for the ELT First Stone event, which will take place on Friday 26 May 2017 on Cerro Armazones, in Chile. The ceremony marks the start of construction of the Biggest Eye on The Sky, as well as the connection of the observatory to the power grid. A Media Advisory has been issued for journalists interested in attending the event.

Meanwhile, back in Europe, the temporary ESA/Hubble exhibition “Our Place in Space” has reached 20 000 visitors. You can still visit this art–science exhibition until 17 April 2017, at Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, Venice, Italy. Entrance is free.

Don’t forget that applications are invited for the Summer AstroCamp 2017, an academic programme in astronomy and physics, stimulating curiosity and critical thinking, organised by the Centre for Astrophysics of the University of Porto (CAUP) in partnership with ESO and seven other partners.

While making summer plans, don’t forget about the Photo Nightscape Awards deadline (15 August). Your wonderful photos could earn you a free trip to our Paranal Observatory in Chile!

Let’s reach new heights in astronomy together!

Lars Lindberg Christensen (
Head, ESO education and Public Outreach Department (ePOD)

  ESO Announcements

Apply Now for the Summer AstroCamp 2017 — Astronomy program for school students in northern Portugal

4 April 2017: Applications are now open for the ESO-supported Summer AstroCamp 2017. AstroCamp is an academic programme in the field of astronomy and physics, stimulating curiosity and critical thinking, organised by the ...

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Attempting the Impossible: Taking the First Picture of a Black Hole — ALMA joins global attempt to image the event horizon of a supermassive black hole

31 March 2017: As part of an ambitious experiment involving telescopes around the world, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is about to attempt to image something never-before-seen: a black hole. For ...

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Science in School: Issue 39 Now Available

31 March 2017: The latest issue of the free magazine Science in School is now available online and in printed form. This European journal for science teachers offers up-to-date information on cutting-edge science ...

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Pale Red Dot Campaign Wins Guardian University Award

30 March 2017: The success of the Pale Red Dot campaign [1] was recognised in style last night when Queen Mary University of London, the institution that led the campaign [2], won the ...

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The Messenger No. 167 Now Available

28 March 2017: The latest edition of ESO's quarterly journal, The Messenger, is now available online. Find out the latest news from ESO on topics ranging from new instruments to the latest ...

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Catch a Star 2017 Contest Now Open

15 March 2017: School students from around the world are invited to take part in the 2017 Catch a Star contest. This is a European astronomical writing contest, with some prizes that will ...

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ESOcast 102 Light: Dramatic Stellar Fireworks (4K UHD)

7 April 2017: Stellar explosions are most often associated with supernovae, the spectacular deaths of stars. But new ALMA observations of the Orion Nebula complex provide insights into explosions at the other end ...

ESOcast 101 Light: Stars found in black hole blasts (4K UHD)

27 March 2017: New observations from ESO's Very Large Telescope have revealed stars forming in the huge outflows in galaxies, which are driven by central supermassive black holes. This ESOcast Light takes a ...

ESOcast 100 Light: Dark Matter Less Influential in Early Universe (4K UHD)

15 March 2017: New observations from ESO's Very Large Telescope have revealed that the outer parts of massive disc galaxies 10 billion years ago were rotating less quickly than the spiral galaxies, like ...

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