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27 April 2016

On 26 April 2016 ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile hosted an event to mark the first light for the four powerful lasers that form a crucial part of the adaptive optics systems on ESO’s Very Large Telescope. Attendees were treated to a spectacular display of cutting-edge laser technology against the majestic skies of Paranal. These are the most powerful laser guide stars ever used for astronomy and the event marks the first use of multiple laser guide stars at ESO.

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27 April 2016

  ESO Announcements

Funding Opportunities in Chile (Anuncio de Oportunidades) — Call for proposals from Joint Committee of ESO and Government of Chile

22 April 2016: To enhance its programmes of scientific cooperation with the host country Chile, ESO provides and manages an annual fund for the development of astronomy- and technology-related disciplines in Chile. A ...

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GALACSI Adaptive Optics System Ready to be Mounted on the VLT — The VLT’s MUSE will soon be able to see even more clearly

15 April 2016: The GALACSI adaptive optics module, built by ESO’s engineers at its headquarters in Garching, Germany, has been thoroughly tested and has passed with flying colours. It will be shipped ...

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15 January - 30 April 2016: Pale Red Dot outreach campaign, online

28 April 2016: Girls' Day at ESO Headquarters

7 - 12 May 2016: #MeetESO, ESO's first social media gathering

25 May 2016: E-ELT Dome and Main Structure Contract Ceremony

1 July 2016: Teacher Training on Kepler’s Laws and Modern Astronomy, at ESO Headquarters

Upcoming Exhibitions

4 - 8 July 2016: EWASS 2016. Athens, Greece.

22 - 27 July 2016: EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF). Manchester, United Kingdom.

19 - 20 October 2016: Wie alles begann. Von Galaxien, Quarks und Kollisionen, Naturhistorisches Museum. Vienna, Austria.

An Emerald in the Sky  Three Bands of Light  Beneath the Milky Way  All Quiet in the Nursery?  La Silla Dawn Kisses the Milky Way 

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