ESOshop: ESO Calendar 2012
ESO has again produced a calendar for the year 2012, with beautiful astronomical images, unique pictures of ESO' s telescopes and breathtaking landscapes.
Lunar phases are also indicated.
The calendar measures 42 x 42 cm and has 15 pages, with a cardboard back. It is delivered in a cardboard box.
You can see images of the individual pages here.
Cover image description: Rolling red hills stretch out below the exceptionally clear blue sky that is typical of ESO's Paranal Observatory. This remote area of the Chilean Atacama Desert is one of the driest sites on Earth and a perfect window on the Universe. The atmosphere here is extremely dry and clear, and has very low turbulence, offering the most suitable conditions for optical and near-infrared astronomical observations.
The 2600-metre-high Cerro Paranal stands out at the centre of this view, taken looking towards the south. This flattened mountaintop is home to ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT), the world's most advanced ground-based optical and near infrared astronomical facility, equipped with four 8.2-metre Unit Telescopes and four 1.8-metre Auxiliary Telescopes. Although the telescope domes close at dawn, and nothing seems to move on the surface of this barren desert, the VLT never rests. Every day, a team of engineers and technicians works hard to prepare the telescopes and instruments for another "perfect night".Credit:
ESO/José Francisco Salgado