Imagen de la semana 2008

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potw0834 — Imágenes de la semana
Spiral Galaxy NGC 1232
15 de Diciembre de 2008: The striking, large spiral galaxy NGC 1232, and its distorted companion shaped like the greek letter "theta". The pair is located roughly 70 million light-years away in the constellation Eridanus (The River). Billions of stars and dark dust are caught up in this beautiful gravitational swirl. The blue spiral arms with their many young stars and star-forming regions make a striking contrast with the yellow-reddish core of older stars. This image is based on data acquired with the 1.5 m Danish telescope at the ESO La Silla Observatory in Chile, through three filters (B: 900 s, V: 400 s, R: 400 s). East is up, North is to the left.
potw0833 — Imágenes de la semana
ESO helps school to get a bus
8 de Diciembre de 2008: About a year ago, ESO kindly agreed to donate a surplus van to the Colegio Hellen Keller, a school for children with visual disabilities, located in Santiago, Chile. The school was in desperate need of some form of transport as there were many children who could either not attend school at all, or had to spend the weekdays away from their family, simply because they could not make the daily journey on public transport, due to their disabilities. The initial idea was to donate one of the bus used to carry staff to Paranal. However, it became clear that this big van was not ideal for the school, especially with rising fuel prices. ESO kindly offered to donate the proceeds from the sale of the van instead, which was in excess of 4.000.000 Chilean Pesos (about 5,000 EUR). The school set up a fund to raise the rest of the ...
potw0832 — Imágenes de la semana
SN2008bk: The last moments of a star
1 de Diciembre de 2008: Supernova 2008bk in the spiral galaxy NGC 7793 was discovered at the end of March 2008 by amateur astronomer Berto Monard from South Africa. The galaxy is 13 million light-years away in the direction of Sculptor constellation. This supernova is a typical example of a massive star that exploded at the end of its life. But this time, the astronomers were able not only to see the explosion, but to precisely pinpoint the star that exploded, a rather rare achievement. This was made possible because the explosion site had been observed several times with the help of ESO's Very Large Telescope, the latest images having been observed only a few months before the explosion with the new HAWK-I instrument. An European team of astronomers, led by Seppo Mattila of University of Turku, Finland, then observed the explosion site again two months after the supernova's discovery, this time with the VLT's ...
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Panorámica de la puesta del sol sobre Paranal
25 de Noviembre de 2008: El Very Large Telescope (VLT) en lo alto del Cerro Paranal de 2600 metros, es el sitio principal para las observaciones en luz visible e infrarrojo. Esta ubicado en el desierto Chileno de Atacama. Las cuatro unidades de telescopios de 8.2 metros de diámetro, se operan de forma individual junto a una gran colección de instrumentos que han realizado sorprendentes descubrimientos científicos. El VLT ofrece también la posibilidad de combinar coherentemente la luz de los cuatro UT para trabajar como un interferómetro. El Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI), con sus propios instrumentos, ha provísto de imágenes de un nivel de mili-segundos de arco, como también astrometría de una precisión de 10 micro segundos de arco. Adicionalmente a los telescopios de 8.2 metros de diámetro, el VLTI es complementado con cuatro Telescopios Auxiliares (AT) de 1.8 metros de diámetro, para mejorar las capacidad de imágenes y permitir su uso nocturno sobre ...
potw0830 — Imágenes de la semana
The Carina Nebula
11 de Noviembre de 2008: The Carina Nebula is a large bright nebula that surrounds several clusters of stars. It contains two of the most massive and luminous stars in our Milky Way galaxy, Eta Carinae and HD 93129A. Located 7500 light years away, the nebula itself spans some 260 light years across, about 7 times the size of the Orion Nebula, and is shown in all its glory in this mosaic. It is based on images collected with the 1.5-m Danish telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory. Being brighter than one million Suns, Eta Carinae (the brightest star in this image) is the most luminous star known in the Galaxy, and has most likely a mass over 100 times that of the Sun. It is the closest example of a luminous blue variable, the last phase in the life of a very massive star before it explodes in a fiery supernova. Eta Carinae is ...
potw0829 — Imágenes de la semana
Gone with the Wind
4 de Noviembre de 2008: M1-67 is the youngest wind-nebula around a Wolf-Rayet star, called WR124, in our Galaxy. These Wolf-Rayet stars start their lives with dozens of times the mass of our Sun, but loose most of it through a powerful wind, which is ultimately responsible for the formation of the nebula. Ten years ago, Hubble Space Telescope observations revealed a wealth of small knots and substructures inside the nebula. The same team, led by Cédric Foellmi (ESO), has now used ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) to watch how these structures have evolved and what they can teach us about stellar winds, their chemistry, and how they mix with the surrounding interstellar medium, before the star will eventually blow everything away in a fiery supernova explosion. The image is based on FORS1 data obtained by the Paranal Science team with the VLT through 2 wide (B and V) and 3 narrow-band filters.
potw0827 — Imágenes de la semana
Milky Way above Paranal
30 de Septiembre de 2008: A night of work for the Paranal Observatory, in the Chilean Atacama Desert. This picture, taken on 20 September, shows the incredible beauty of the night sky above the most advanced telescope in the world, ESO's Very Large Telescope. The Milky Way is clearly seen in this superb image.
potw0826 — Imágenes de la semana
Magnificent Spiral Galaxy NGC 7424
22 de Septiembre de 2008: Composite colour-coded image of another magnificent spiral galaxy, NGC 7424, at a distance of 40 million light-years. It is based on images obtained with the multi-mode VIMOS instrument on the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT) in three different wavelength bands. The image covers 6.5 x 7.2 square arcminutes on the sky. North is up and East is to the right. Read more about this superb object in the ESO Press Release eso0436.
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The Globular Cluster NGC 3201
21 de Agosto de 2008: Colour-composite image of the globular cluster NGC 3201, obtained with the WFI instrument on the ESO/MPG 2.2-m telescope at La Silla. Globular clusters are large aggregates of stars, that can contain up to millions of stars. They are among the oldest objects observed in the Universe and were presumably formed at about the same time as the Milky Way Galaxy, in the early phase after the Big Bang. This particular globular cluster is located about 16 000 light-years away towards the Southern Vela constellation. The data were obtained as part of the ESO Imaging Survey (EIS), a public survey being carried out by ESO and member states, in preparation for the VLT First Light. The original image and astronomical data can be retrieved from the EIS Pre-Flames Survey Data Release pages, where many other nice images are also available.
potw0823 — Imágenes de la semana
The centre of the Milky Way
14 de Agosto de 2008: The centre of our Milky Way galaxy is located in the southern constellation Sagittarius (The Archer) and is "only" 26,000 light-years away. On high-resolution images, it is possible to discern thousands of individual stars within the central, one light-year wide region. Using the motions of these stars to probe the gravitational field, observations over the last decade have shown that a mass of about 3 million times that of the Sun is concentrated within a radius of only 10 light-days of the compact radio and X-ray source SgrA* (Sagittarius A) at the centre of the star cluster. This means that SgrA* is the most likely counterpart of the black hole believed to exist at the centre of our Galaxy. This image was obtained in mid-2002 with the NACO instrument at the 8.2-m VLT Yepun telescope. It combines frames in three infrared wavebands between 1.6 and 3.5 µm. The compact objects ...
potw0822 — Imágenes de la semana
Paranal in Atacama desert
7 de Agosto de 2008: Paranal, the site of the VLT, was chosen for its unique characteristics: extreme dryness, very low cloud coverage, high altitude, and distant from any source of pollution. This wide-angle shot of the Atacama desert around Paranal, which shows the VLT and, in foreground, VISTA, summarizes it all. Photo taken in November 2007.
potw0821 — Imágenes de la semana
VLT Video Compilation 2008
30 de Julio de 2008: The "Very Large Telescope Video Collection 2008" features High Definition video material which was obtained in June 2008. For the first time, ESO distributes HD-footage of the world's most advanced ground-based observing facility and provides free access to video sequences of outstanding technical quality and beauty. The material has been edited especially for broadcast use, without commentary or music.
potw0820 — Imágenes de la semana
Moving an ALMA Antenna
17 de Julio de 2008: The first successful movement of an ALMA antenna took place at the Operations Support Facility (OSF) on 8 July 2008. The antenna transporter "Lore", one of the two units manufactured by Scheuerle under contract by ESO and delivered recently at the OSF, has been used to move one 12-m antenna from their site erection facility to an external antenna pad for sky testing.
potw0819-es — Imágenes de la semana
Radiotelescopio APEX: en el llano de Chajnantor
7 de Julio de 2008: Mientras ALMA se encuentra actualmente en construcción, los astrónomos ya están realizando observaciones en el área de la astronomía milimétrica y submilimétrica en Chajnantor, con el Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX). Este es un telescopio de 12 metros de diámetro con tecnología de última generación. Opera en el sitio de ALMA y se basa en un prototipo de antena del mismo proyecto. Su óptica fue modificada y la superficie de la antena cuenta con una mayor precisión. Además, está diseñado para aprovechar la excelente nitidez del cielo, realizando observaciones en longitudes de onda entre los 0,2 y 1,4 mm. Esta imagen está disponible en la tienda virtual ESOshop
potw0818 — Imágenes de la semana
1 de Julio de 2008: The image shows X-shooter, the first of the second generation VLT instruments, under test in the integration lab at ESO, Garching. The instrument has been built by a Consortium including ESO and institutes from Denmark, Italy, The Netherlands and France, and will start operation at the telescope in 2009. X-shooter is a single target, wide band, intermediate spectral resolution spectrograph, designed to get the full spectrum of the faintest cosmic sources from the atmospheric cutoff in the near-ultraviolet to the infrared K-band in a single exposure. In this image the instrument is shown as mounted on a telescope Cassegrain focus simulator, pointing at a large zenith distance. At the centre is the cryostat with the near-infrared arm of the spectrograph and at the left is the lower side of the visual spectrograph with its CCD detector. The two large boxes on the sides host the control electronics of the instrument.
potw0817-es — Imágenes de la semana
Echinopsis Atacamensis y la Vía Láctea— de la exhibición El Mundo de Noche
23 de Junio de 2008: El serpenteante camino que une el Campamento de Apoyo a la Operaciones de ALMA, ubicado a 3000 metros de altura en los Andes chilenos, con el Lugar de Operaciones de las Antenas, a 5000 metros de altura, cruza un área dominada por enormes cactus (Echinopsis Atacamensis). Estos cactus crecen un promedio de 1 cm al año y llegan a alcanzar alturas de hasta 9 mts. El Embajador Fotográfico de ESO Stéphane Guisard inmortalizó el hermoso cielo que cubre esta zona ubicada en el Desierto de Atacama en Chile. Esta imagen es parte de la prestigiosa exhibición fotográfica internacional El Mundo de Noche – Un mundo, Un Cielo. El Observatorio Europeo Austral (ESO) produjo una versión para Chile de esta exhibición sin fines de lucro, en el marco del Año Internacional de la Astronomía 2009.
potw0815 — Imágenes de la semana
Paranal summit ready for the VLT - 1994
10 de Junio de 2008: This aerial view of Cerro Paranal, the site of ESO's Very Large Telescope, was obtained in 1994. It shows the construction of the concrete base for the four telescope enclosures. To the left and a little lower than the rest of the platform is the excavation for the control building. The platform altitude is about 2640 metres above sea level and it measures about 150 metres across. The width of the access road is no less than 12 metres, i.e. nearly equal to that of a three-lane highway; this is necessary to ensure the safe transport of all telescope parts, especially the four 8.2-metre fragile mirrors, to the top. The summit of Paranal has been blasted away so to create the flat platform that supports the 4 Unit Telescopes, as well as the network of tunnels that transport the light from the telescopes to the interferometric laboratory. On this 1994 ...
potw0812 — Imágenes de la semana
Transporters at Chajnantor
13 de Mayo de 2008: Heavyweights at 4,000 metre altitude: this photo shows the two ALMA antenna transporters during the final phase of the acceptance testing in April on the road between the ALMA OSF at 2,900 metre altitude and the AOS at 5,000 metres. The first transporter ("Otto") is travelling unloaded, while the second one ("Lore") is carrying the 115-tonne antenna dummy.
potw0811 — Imágenes de la semana
Uranus and satellites
4 de Mayo de 2008: An image of the planet Uranus (located 20 Astronomical units from Earth) obtained at the Very Large Telescope Observatory using the Adaptive Optics system NAOS and the near-infrared imager CONICA to capture high-contrast images of the giant planet and its system of satellites and rings during its 2008 equinox. Every 42 years, the ring (and satellites) plane of Uranus crosses the Sun, providing us with a unique opportunity to observe the rings while they present their edge to us. Ring plane crossing also allow us to observe the rings form their dark side (i.e. while the Sun is illuminating them from the opposite side), so one can search for faint satellites, faint rings, or faint ring structures, which could not be seen otherwise. Ring Plane Crossings are also an excellent opportunity to observe mutual events between satellites such as eclipse or occultation phenomena. The image above corresponds to a one ...
potw0808 — Imágenes de la semana
Recoating Yepun's mirror
20 de Marzo de 2008: The 8.2-m primary mirror of Yepun, Unit Telescope 4 of ESO's Very Large Telescope, after its recoating in early March
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