Extension to ESO Headquarters Inaugurated — New buildings at ESO’s Garching headquarters officially unveiled
On 4 December 2013, at ESO Headquarters in Garching bei München, Germany, an official inauguration ceremony was held for the new office extension. This celebration was attended by members of the ESO Council, local authorities, the architects Auer+Weber+Assoziierte, the general contractor BAM Deutschland AG and the ESO management team.
ESO has received a donation of a planetarium and visitor centre at the site of its Headquarters in Garching bei München, Germany. The centre will be a magnificent showcase of astronomy for the public. It will be possible thanks to the Klaus Tschira Stiftung, which offered to fully fund the construction.
The Large Magellanic Cloud is one of the closest galaxies to our own. Astronomers have now used the power of ESO’s Very Large Telescope to explore one of its lesser known regions. This new image shows clouds of gas and dust where hot new stars are being born and are sculpting their surroundings into odd shapes. But the image also shows the effects of stellar death — filaments created by a supernova explosion.
Astronomers at ESO have captured the best image so far of the curious clouds around the star cluster NGC 3572. This new image shows how these clouds of gas and dust have been sculpted into whimsical bubbles, arcs and the odd features known as elephant trunks by the stellar winds flowing from this gathering of hot young stars. The brightest of these cluster stars are much heavier than the Sun and will end their short lives as supernova explosions.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the start of a very fruitful relationship between ESO and Chile that has allowed both European and Chilean astronomy to push the boundaries of science, technology and culture forward into the future.
About the ESO Science Outreach Network
The ESO education and Public Outreach Department has established a network of persons in the ESO Member states and other countries who serve as local contacts for the media in connection with ESO developments, Press Releases, etc. At the same time, they may help to provide useful contacts between the media and the scientists in their area. The ESON members, or their representatives, are typically full-time science communicators who know the national players (media, academia etc.) and regularly interact with them, are able to find a national angle, have a strong interest in promoting ESO and provide regular inputs and ideas for how to best reach the target groups in their area. More precisely, their mission is: "To act as ESO's media and outreach representative in the member states and potential member states with the general aim of promoting ESO's mission and demonstrating the many inspirational aspects of astronomy".
Contact in the U.K.
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Lucy Stone is a press officer for the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), one of the UK’s leading research organisations. STFC runs the UK Astronomy Technology Centre and RAL Space, funds astronomy research in the UK, and manages the UK subscription to ESO.
Lucy has a background in journalism, working for both commercial and BBC radio. As a reporter and newsreader, she has covered a wide variety of stories including football matches and pop concerts. She knows what makes a great story!
Promoting astronomy research and STFC’s astronomy outreach activities are an important part of Lucy’s job.
In September 2011, she led a highly successful visit for UK journalists to Chile that coincided with first light on the ALMA telescope. The visit generated extremely high levels of media coverage in the UK and around the world. She is still talking about the trip!
Lucy leads media activity for the Dark Sky Discovery project, a national initiative to encourage community groups around the UK to find a local space where they can observe the night sky. Led by the STFC, the project brings together local astronomy clubs with Natural England to encourage more people to experience the wonders of the Universe.