Media Advisory: ESO Holds Virtual Press Conference to Announce Unique New Planet

18 November 2010

An international team of astronomers has used facilities at ESO’s La Silla observatory to discover a truly unique and surprising planetary body (eso1045).

An online press conference to announce the new results and offer journalists the opportunity for discussion with the scientists will be held at 15:00 CET on Thursday, 18 November 2010.

To participate in the teleconference and receive additional material under embargo, bona-fide members of the media must get accredited by contacting Richard Hook by email ( Journalists must clearly state in the email that they agree to honour the embargo and will not publish or discuss the research until after 20:00 CET on Thursday 18 November 2010.

Reporters will need access to a computer with a recent version of Adobe Flash Player installed and an adequately fast internet connection. Further information will be provided to the accredited reporters.


Richard Hook
European Southern Observatory
Garching, Germany
Phone: +49 89 3200 6655
Mobile: +49 151 1537 3591

About the Announcement



First planet of extragalactic origin (artist’s impression)
First planet of extragalactic origin (artist’s impression)