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4 December 2019

Researchers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have, for the first time, found evidence of a giant planet associated with a white dwarf star. The planet orbits the hot white dwarf, the remnant of a Sun-like star, at close range, causing its atmosphere to be stripped away and form a disc of gas around the star. This unique system hints at what our own Solar System might look like in the distant future.

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4 December 2019

  ESO Announcements

ESO Supernova closed in January 2020 — we are coming back in February with our new programme, fresh shows and exhibitions

2 December 2019: As we carry out maintenance work and take some time to prepare for the year ahead, the ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre will be closed during the first month ...

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Contract Signed for ELT’s Mirror M5 Cell Structure

2 December 2019: ESO has signed a contract with SENER Aerospacial for the design and production of the support cell for the M5 mirror of the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT). SENER Aeroespacial will ...

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A winter special: Enlightening Time Travel — Come and see the live Planetarium Show in December

14 November 2019: This winter, the ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre has a special addition to its programme: the show Enlightening Time Travel. Screening only 4 times during the month of December ...

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What’s coming up at the ESO Supernova — Check out what the first half of 2020 has in store for our visitors

12 November 2019: Reservations are now open for the ESO Supernova planetarium shows happening during the first half of 2020. If you are looking to plan your visit to the ESO Supernova Planetarium ...

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Solar plant to supply energy to ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope

5 November 2019: ESO is taking important steps to make its revolutionary new ground-based telescope greener. Next year, a power conditioning system and a photovoltaic plant will be installed at the site of ...

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Science in School: Issue 48 now available

4 November 2019: 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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Illustrating the cosmos — ESO’s visual artists on how they recreate the Universe

Interview with: Martin Kornmesser and Luis Calçada

22 November 2019: Did you know that the beautiful images of the cosmos that we see online and in books don’t typically come directly from telescopes? Raw, black and white images are processed ...

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Remembering Lodewijk Woltjer — ESO staff pay tribute to former Director General

8 November 2019: In this edition of the ESOblog we present tributes to Lodewijk Woltjer, who served as Director General of ESO from 1975 to 1987. As the third and longest-serving Director General, ...

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