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ESO Outreach Community Newsletter June 2013
Dear Fellow Communicators, We are now accepting submissions for the European Astronomy Journalism Prize! In 2013 the prize conditions have been extended to accept entries from all ESO Member States (but still in English). The competition is run by the ...

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ESO Outreach Community Newsletter
June 2013

Dear Fellow Communicators,

We are now accepting submissions for the European Astronomy Journalism Prize! In 2013 the prize conditions have been extended to accept entries from all ESO Member States (but still in English). The competition is run by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) in the United Kingdom together with ESO and in conjunction with the Association of British Science Writers and the Royal Astronomical Society. If you write articles about astronomy and related areas of technology, or about the work and lifestyles of astronomers, engineers or others working in the field of astronomy, submit your work and you will have a chance to win a trip to The Very Large Telescope, Chile! Even if you aren’t planning to submit anything yourself, please feel free to pass the work on to your media friends.

Do not forget that the most important conference in the field of public astronomy communication takes place this October in Warsaw — the Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2013. The second announcement with important dates was sent out this week. To follow updates and e-meet other participants, join the dedicated Facebook page!

We also take the opportunity to invite you to visit a new astronomy exhibition. Visions of the Universe opened its doors on 7 June 2013 at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, UK. The exhibition will tell the history of astronomical imaging, featuring photographs from ESO’s telescopes, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, NASA, the Russian space programme and more.

Another important development here is that we — for the first time ever — are organising an Astronomy Camp for Secondary School Students, together with the science communication event organiser Sterrenlab, and in collaboration with our Science Outreach Network. The camp will take place from 26-31 December 2013 at the Astronomical Observatory of the Aosta Valley, located in Saint-Barthelemy, Nus, Italy. Several partners, including ESO, are providing for a total of, so far, five trips that will be awarded to the winning applicants.

We can’t really close off without pointing you towards a competition run by the Orkney Science International Festival in association with ESO. Your followers, friends and visitors would probably be happy to find out about it too so feel free to share! Most importantly, if you would like to organise similar competitions in collaboration with ESO, send an email to our community coordinator, Oana Sandu, at osandu@partner.eso.org.

Let’s reach new heights in astronomy together,

Lars Lindberg Christensen (lars@eso.org)
Head, ESO education and Public Outreach Department (ePOD)




  ESO Announcements


Visions of the Universe Exhibition Opens its Doors

7 June 2013: A new temporary astronomy exhibition named Visions of the Universe will open its doors on 7 June 2013 at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, UK. The exhibition will tell ...

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European Astronomy Journalism Prize Expanded

3 June 2013: The European Astronomy Journalism Prize 2013 is launched today and this year has been expanded to now include entries from Europe and South America. The competition is run by the ...

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Bavarian Minister of Sciences, Research and the Arts visits Paranal

27 May 2013: The Bavarian State Minister of Sciences, Research and the Arts, Dr Wolfgang Heubisch, made a special visit to ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile on 24–25 May 2013 at the end ...

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Start Receiving The ESO Media Newsletter in your Language — Journalists can now opt to receive ESO press releases in their native language from 30 options available

22 May 2013: Present and future journalists who subscribe to The ESO Media Newsletter can now receive this weekly newsletter in their native language. Current subscribers are invited to visit their Subscription Preferences, ...

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ESO Astronomy Camp for Secondary School Students — Win a free winter trip to the Alps

13 May 2013: The European Southern Observatory (ESO) and its Science Outreach Network is collaborating with the science communication event organiser Sterrenlab to arrange the first ESO Astronomy Camp. The camp ...

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Challenges in Communication of Astronomy and Space Exploration — Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2013 (CAP2013) Conference

13 May 2013: The 2013 Communicating Astronomy with the Public (CAP) Conference will take place in Warsaw, Poland, between 14–18 October. Public information officers, communicators, journalists and formal and informal educators are invited ...

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  ESOcasts


ESOcast 58: ALMA Discovers Comet Factory

6 June 2013: The detection of this “dust trap” solves a long-standing mystery: how dust particles around stars sum up to form planets, comets, and other rocky bodies. ESOcast 58 goes deep into ...


ESOcast 57: ESO´s VLT Celebrates 15 Years of Success

23 May 2013: May 25 2013 is an important anniversary for the Very Large Telescope – it is exactly fifteen years since the first light on the first of its four Unit Telescopes. ...

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