AVO First Science Press ReleaseMay 28, 2004. The first major discovery to be made with the Virtual Observatory was announced today to the press. The AVO science team discovered 31 previously undetected powerful supermassive black holes in the so-called GOODS (Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey) fields. The paper describing these results will be published in an upcoming issue of Astronomy & Astrophysics.
UVES Investigates the Environment of a Very Remote Galaxy11 March, 2002. Observations with ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) have enabled an international group of astronomers to study in unprecedented detail the surroundings of a very remote galaxy, almost 12 billion light-years distant. The extremely detailed UVES spectrum of MS 1512-cB58 displays numerous signatures (absorption lines) of intergalactic gas clouds along the line-of-sight . An excess of material near MS 1512-cB58 was found, possible evidence of a young supercluster of galaxies, already at this very early epoch.