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22 May 2017

The casting of the secondary mirror blank for ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) has been completed by SCHOTT at Mainz, Germany. The completed mirror will be 4.2 metres in diameter and weigh 3.5 tonnes. It will be the largest secondary mirror ever employed on a telescope and also the largest convex mirror ever produced.

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22 May 2017

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ESO Awards ELT Sensor Contract to Teledyne e2v

22 May 2017: ESO has awarded a multi-million euro contract to the international company Teledyne e2v to design and produce a set of Large Visible Sensor Modules for use on the Extremely Large ...

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APEX Extension Agreement Signed

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MUSE: New Free Film about ESO’s Cosmic Time Machine

11 May 2017: CNRS Images, in partnership with ESO, has produced a documentary about MUSE, the Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer. Directed by Christophe Gombert and Claude Delhaye, MUSE, The Cosmic Time Machine takes ...

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ALMA Receives Over 1700 Proposals for Next Observing Cycle

10 May 2017: Astronomers from around the world have submitted a record 1712 proposals to observe with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) during its next observing cycle (Cycle 5). Cycle 5 ...

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Start of Strategic Partnership Discussions Between Australia and ESO

9 May 2017: The Australian Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos, has announced his Government’s intention to open negotiations with ESO on a strategic partnership that would ...

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ESOcast 106: Chile Chill 9 - Lasers Over Paranal

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2017 Olivier Chesneau Prize Awarded to Rachael Roettenbacher

3 May 2017: The 2017 Olivier Chesneau Prize has been awarded to Rachael Roettenbacher, for her doctoral thesis entitled “Shifting the Starspot Paradigm through Imaging Magnetic Structures and Evolution”. She is currently a ...

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Steven Wilson visits Paranal and ALMA Observatories

11 May 2017: Steven Wilson, British musician and record producer, visited the Paranal and ALMA Observatories to shoot video footage for a song from his forthcoming album “To the Bone”. At ESO’s ...

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