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27 September 2017

The spectacular planetary nebula NGC 7009, or the Saturn Nebula, emerges from the darkness like a series of oddly-shaped bubbles, lit up in glorious pinks and blues. This colourful image was captured by the powerful MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), as part of a study which mapped the dust inside a planetary nebula for the first time. The map — which reveals a wealth of intricate structures in the dust, including shells, a halo and a curious wave-like feature — will help astronomers understand how planetary nebulae develop their strange shapes and symmetries.

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27 September 2017

  ESO Announcements

CAPjournal Issue 22 Now Available — The IAU’s Journal on Communicating Astronomy with the Public

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ESOcast 128: Why Do Astronomers Want To Use ALMA - ALMA Observes the Invisible

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Photographer in the Dark — Interview with ESO Photo Ambassador Petr Horálek

Interview with: Petr Horálek

22 September 2017: The skies above ESO’s sites in the Atacama Desert in Chile are among the darkest and most pristine in the world. Professional astronomers use ESO’s advanced instrumentation to seek answers ...

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25 September 2017
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