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ESO Outreach Community Newsletter
August 2018

Dear Fellow Communicators,

We closed the month of July with an exciting communication campaign around the first successful test of Einstein’s general relativity near a supermassive black hole — a culmination of 26 years of ESO observations of the heart of the Milky Way. The campaign included extensive supporting graphic and audiovisual material for the press release, which was well received, a press conference broadcast online and a Reddit Ask Science AMA session. Also 45 planetariums received advance access to fulldome visuals which were used to explain this somewhat complex, but very exciting, story. Thanks to everyone who participated in the campaign.

This press conference was the last one organised by our dear colleague, ESO Public Information Officer Richard Hook, who retired on 1 August. We wish him all the best for this next period of his life and thank him for all the hard work he has done at ESO.

This month we’ll be introducing ATTRACT — a new project in which ESO is a partner. This is a new and very different initiative to bring Europe’s fundamental research and industrial communities together to foster the next generation of detection and imaging technologies. By providing 17 million euros in seed funding (!), ATTRACT provides a novel mechanism for collaboration and funding. The first call is open so check the link below for details.

If you are visiting Munich this summer and want to pay us a visit at the ESO Supernova, please reserve your free tickets well in advance. We are still in our “honeymoon” period so all Activities book out in advance.

Let’s reach new heights in astronomy together!

Lars Lindberg Christensen (
Head, ESO education and Public Outreach Department (ePOD)

  ESO Announcements

Winter AstroCamp 2018 applications open

8 August 2018: ESO and its Science Outreach Network are collaborating with the science education event organiser Sterrenlab and the Astronomical Observatory of the Autonomous Region of the Aosta Valley (OAVdA) to organise ...

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ATTRACT Initiative Launched

1 August 2018: ATTRACT is a new initiative that will bring Europe’s fundamental research and industrial communities together, and which aims to foster the next generation of detection and imaging technologies. Collaboration ...

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Advancing Technology for Galactic Observations — Frank Eisenhauer discusses observing a close approach at the galactic centre

Interview with: Frank Eisenhauer

3 August 2018: In May 2018, the star S2 made its closest approach to the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way. Observing this event was no easy task. The centre ...

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Eyeing the Centre of the Milky Way — Stefan Gillessen discusses what we knew before the latest observations of S2

Interview with: Stefan Gillessen

27 July 2018: In May 2018, the star S2 made its closest approach to the galactic centre in 16 years. This star can help us study an elusive area of our galaxy, the ...

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ESOcast 174 Light: Elliptical Elegance (4K UHD)

8 August 2018: The peerless surveying properties of the VST uncover exquisite details of the elliptical galaxy NGC 5018 and the delicate streams of gas and stars that surround it. Discover more in ...

ESOcast 173: First Successful Test of Einstein’s General Relativity Near Supermassive Black Hole

26 July 2018: Observations made with ESO’s Very Large Telescope have for the first time revealed the effects predicted by Einstein’s general relativity on the motion of a star passing through the extreme ...

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