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The Very Large Telescope Snaps a Stellar Nursery and Celebrates Fifteen Years of Operations
VISTA's infrared view of the Orion Nebula*
Credit:

ESO/J. Emerson/VISTA.
Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

The Helix Nebula*
Credit:

ESO

VST image of the star-forming region Messier 17
Credit:

ESO/INAF-VST/OmegaCAM. Acknowledgement: OmegaCen/Astro-WISE/Kapteyn Institute

A 340-million pixel starscape from Paranal
NGC 2264 and the Christmas Tree cluster*
The Centre of the Milky Way*
Credit:

ESO/S. Gillessen et al.

NGC 2467 and Surroundings*
The Horsehead Nebula*
Credit:

ESO

Panoramic view of the WR 22 and Eta Carinae regions of the Carina Nebula*
The Carina Nebula imaged by the VLT Survey Telescope
Credit:

ESO. Acknowledgement: VPHAS+ Consortium/Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

A deep look at the strange galaxy Centaurus A
ESO’s VLT reveals the Carina Nebula's hidden secrets
VST image of the giant globular cluster Omega Centauri*
Credit:

ESO/INAF-VST/OmegaCAM. Acknowledgement: A. Grado/INAF-Capodimonte Observatory

Messier 78: a reflection nebula in Orion
Credit:

ESO/Igor Chekalin

The hidden fires of the Flame Nebula*
Credit:

ESO/J. Emerson/VISTA. Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

Early Morning on Paranal*
Credit:

ESO/H.H. Heyer

Rare 360-degree Panorama of the Southern Sky*
370-million-pixel starscape of the Lagoon Nebula
The Milky Way panorama
Credit:

ESO/S. Brunier

The Omega Nebula
Credit:

ESO

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) by night, under the Magellanic Clouds
The Lupus 3 dark cloud and associated hot young stars
The Southern Milky Way Above ALMA
ALMA's World At Night
Credit:

ESO/B. Tafreshi (twanight.org)

The R Coronae Australis region imaged with the Wide Field Imager at La Silla*
The Eagle Nebula
Credit:

ESO

A Pool of Distant Galaxies
Credit:

ESO/ Mario Nonino, Piero Rosati and the ESO GOODS Team

Curious spiral spotted by ALMA around red giant star R Sculptoris (data visualisation)
Thor’s Helmet Nebula imaged on the occasion of ESO’s 50th Anniversary
A Hard Day's Night Ahead
Credit:

ESO/B. Tafreshi (twanight.org)

VISTA’s infrared view of the Cat’s Paw Nebula*
Credit:

ESO/J. Emerson/VISTA
Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

Stellar nursery NGC 3603*
Sunset over Paranal Panorama *
Credit:

ESO/F. Kamphues

The Trifid Nebula
Credit:

ESO

APEX at Chajnantor*
Credit:

ESO/H.H.Heyer

Spiral galaxy NGC 1232
The Lobster Nebula seen with ESO’s VISTA telescope
Credit:

ESO/VVV Survey/D. Minniti. Acknowledgement: Ignacio Toledo

VISTA gigapixel mosaic of the central parts of the Milky Way
Credit:

ESO/VVV Survey/D. Minniti
Acknowledgement: Ignacio Toledo, Martin Kornmesser

The mouthpiece of the Pipe Nebula
VLT looks into The Eyes of the Virgin
Eclipsed Moon, Striking Night Sky
Credit:

ESO/Y. Beletsky

The VLT in Action*
Credit:

ESO/S. Brunier

ESO’s Very Large Telescope Peers into a Distant Nebula*
Infrared VISTA view of a stellar nursery in Monoceros*
Credit:

ESO/J. Emerson/VISTA.
Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

Paranal Platform After Sunset*
Credit:

ESO/H.H.Heyer

Panorama of Sunset on Paranal
Credit:

ESO/Y. Beletsky

Centaurus A*
Credit:

ESO/WFI (Optical); MPIfR/ESO/APEX/A.Weiss et al. (Submillimetre); NASA/CXC/CfA/R.Kraft et al. (X-ray)

The Tinker Bell Triplet
Portrait of a Dramatic Stellar Crib*
Credit:

ESO/R. Fosbury (ST-ECF)

The Topsy-Turvy Galaxy NGC 1313*
The Orion Nebula*
Credit:

ESO/M.McCaughrean et al. (AIP)

The globular star cluster 47 Tucanae
Credit:

ESO/M.-R. Cioni/VISTA Magellanic Cloud survey.
Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

ALMA’s Solitude
Credit:

ESO/B. Tafreshi (twanight.org)

Exoplanet Hunters at La Silla*
Credit:

Iztok Bončina/ESO

Iconic, Conical Licancabur Watches Over Chajnantor
Mars, 2099?
Credit:

ESO/J. Girard

Yepun’s Laser and the Magellanic Clouds
Icy Penitents by Moonlight on Chajnantor
ESO Headquarters at Sunset*
Credit:

ESO/H. Heyer

Close-up of the drama of star formation
Credit:

ESO/Sergey Stepanenko

Bird’s Eye View of the Very Large Telescope*
Paranal Observatory and the Volcano Llullaillaco*
Trailing stars above Paranal
Credit:

ESO/Stéphane Guisard (www.eso.org/~sguisard)

Artist’s impression of Corot-7b
Credit:

ESO/L. Calcada

Spiral Galaxy NGC 253*
Glowing Stellar Nurseries*
Credit:

ESO/APEX/DSS2/ SuperCosmos/ Deharveng(LAM)/ Zavagno(LAM)

N44 in the Large Magellanic Cloud
New Image of Comet ISON
Credit:

TRAPPIST/E. Jehin/ESO

A VISTA Before Sunset
Credit:

ESO/B. Tafreshi (twanight.org)

The Pencil Nebula, a strangely shaped leftover from a vast explosion
APEX Stands Sentry on Chajnantor
Antennae Galaxies composite of ALMA and Hubble observations
Credit:

ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO). Visible light image: the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope

The VLT Survey Telescope: the largest telescope in the world designed for visible light sky surveys
One million stars — towards the dark heart of the Milky Way*
Credit:

ESO/VISTA. Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

Celestial Conjunction at Paranal
Credit:

ESO/Y. Beletsky

Group Portrait of the VLT with the Galaxy
Spiral Galaxy NGC 4945
Cosmic Fireball Falling Over ALMA
Three Planets Dance Over La Silla
Credit:

ESO/Y. Beletsky

The star formation region NGC 6559
Credit:

ESO/U.G. Jørgensen

Artist impression of the E-ELT dome
ALMA antennas under the Milky Way
Credit:

ESO/José Francisco Salgado (josefrancisco.org)

Dark Sky and White Desert — Snow pays a rare visit to ESO’s Paranal Observatory
A Laser Beam Towards the Milky Way's Centre*
Wide Field Imager view of the spiral galaxy NGC 247
Starry La Silla
Credit:

Iztok Bončina/ESO

VISTA Magellanic Cloud Survey view of the Tarantula Nebula*
Credit:

ESO/M.-R. Cioni/VISTA Magellanic Cloud survey. Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

Paranal After Sunset
Credit:

ESO/Y. Beletsky

Really Hot Stars
Credit:

ESO

The Eagle's EGGs *
Credit:

ESO/M.McCaughrean & M.Andersen (AIP)

Close-up view of the head of the Seagull Nebula
The Paranal basecamp from above
Artist’s impression of the E-ELT
Credit:

ESO/L. Calçada

VISTA’s look at the Helix Nebula
Credit:

ESO/VISTA/J. Emerson. Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

The Cool Clouds of Carina
Credit:

ESO/APEX/T. Preibisch et al. (Submillimetre); N. Smith, University of Minnesota/NOAO/AURA/NSF (Optical)

Laser Meets Lightning
Credit:

ESO/M. Kornmesser

The VLT Survey Telescope (VST)
Credit:

ESO/G. Lombardi (glphoto.it)

Another Perfect Day at Paranal
Credit:

ESO/José Francisco Salgado (josefrancisco.org)

The Galactic Centre above the ESO 3.6-metre telescope
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