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ESO Outreach Community Newsletter October 2012
Dear Fellow Communicators, The big day for us has come! For more than two years we have been working towards 5 October 2012 — which marks 50 years to the day since ESO’s convention was signed. Next Friday — on ...

ESO Outreach Community Newsletter
October 2012

Dear Fellow Communicators,

The big day for us has come! For more than two years we have been working towards 5 October 2012 — which marks 50 years to the day since ESO’s convention was signed. Next Friday — on 5 October itself — you have the opportunity to offer a unique experience to your friends, colleagues or to your public. And all you need is an internet connection.

On this day we invite you to take advantage of a free live streaming from Paranal Observatory in Chile, as well as a series of talks streamed over the internet from ESO astronomers. Invite people to your venues and connect to our online channel.

For the first time in ESO’s history, the VLT will be pointed towards an object in the sky selected by members of the public as part of the Choose What the VLT Observes competition. Brigitte Bailleul, from France, won the Tweet Your Way to the VLT! competition, and will travel to the Paranal Observatory in Chile to help make the observations. The live link to Paranal will show the observations and the telescopes on the mountaintop, in the stunning landscape of the Atacama Desert, letting viewers join Brigitte on her trip of a lifetime.

An overview of the day is provided on this webpage.

Among the highlights will be:

  • Live observations of the Thor’s Helmet Nebula, winner of the “Choose what the VLT observes” competition
  • Talks by ESO’s Director General, Dr. J and other experts
  • Live link to the Paranal platform

If you want to see what other venues are organising, check the registred AwESOme Universe venues and anniversary events’ venues.

If you are making plans for next year, don’t forget to book your calendar for the next Communicating Astronomy with the Public (CAP) conference, which will take place on 14–18 October 2013 in Warsaw. More details here soon.

Let’s reach new heights in astronomy together,

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

  ESO Announcements

German Federal Minister for Education and Research Visits Paranal

1 October 2012: The Federal Minister for Education and Research in Germany, Annette Schavan, made a special visit to ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile on 29–30 September 2012. The Minister and her delegation ...

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6-Hour Webcast with Live Very Large Telescope Observations for ESO’s 50th Anniversary — Watch online or at one of many public events

28 September 2012: On 5 October 2012, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) will broadcast A Day in the Life of ESO, a free, live event on the web, as part of its 50th ...

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ESO Releases The Jewel on the Mountaintop — New history book published in celebration of 50 years of the European Southern Observatory

28 September 2012: ESO’s brand-new history book, The Jewel on the Mountaintop — The European Southern Observatory through Fifty Years, is a comprehensive account of the observatory, as well as a truly remarkable ...

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New Coffee-table Book Published in Celebration of ESO’s 50th Anniversary

27 September 2012: The much-anticipated Europe to the Stars — ESO’s first 50 years of Exploring the Southern Sky, a sumptuously illustrated coffee-table book published in celebration of ESO’s 50th anniversary, is now ...

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Coming Soon “Water: a cosmic adventure” — new planetarium show

25 September 2012: Planetarium show lovers have an exciting adventure to embark on: the search for water in the Universe. In early October the European Southern Observatory in collaboration with the Association of ...

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Tribute to ESO's Unsung Heroes

24 September 2012: On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) is releasing a video named Tribute to ESO’s Unsung Heroes, dedicated to its members of the staff, past ...

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Science in School Issue 24: Out Now!

18 September 2012: The latest issue of the free magazine Science in School is now available online and in print. The European journal, dedicated to science teachers and educators offers numerous science articles ...

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Media Advisory: Invitation to ESO’s 50th Anniversary Gala Event, 11 October 2012

18 September 2012: WHATMedia representatives are invited to participate as working journalists at the gala event celebrating 50 years since the signing of the ESO convention in 1962, which established the European Southern ...

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Brigitte Bailleul and Thor’s Helmet — Winners of ESO’s 50th Anniversary Competitions!

10 September 2012: The European Southern Observatory (ESO) is pleased to announce the winners of the two competitions dedicated to the organisation’s 50th anniversary this year, Choose What the VLT Observes & Tweet ...

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Winners of the first European Astronomy Journalism Prize Announced

5 September 2012: The winner of the first European Astronomy Journalism Prize, designed to help inspire the next generation of researchers, has been announced today (5 September 2012) at a reception in the ...

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ESOcast 47: Finding Life — Special 50th anniversary episode #7

3 September 2012: ESOcast 47 is the seventh special episode of this series.

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