Media Advisory: Virtual Press Conference to Announce Major Exoplanet Discovery

15 October 2012

European astronomers have used facilities at ESO’s La Silla Observatory to discover a remarkable exoplanet. The results will appear online in the journal Nature on 17 October 2012.

ESO will hold an online press conference to announce the results and assess their impact, offering journalists the opportunity to discuss with the scientists. The conference will take place on Tuesday 16 October 2012 at 16:00 CEST.

To participate in the conference and receive additional material under embargo, bona-fide members of the media must get accredited by contacting Richard Hook by email ( Journalists must clearly state in the email that they agree to honour the embargo and will not publish or discuss the research until after 19:00 (CEST) on Wednesday 17 October 2012.

Reporters will need access to a computer with a recent version of Adobe Flash Player installed and an adequately fast internet connection. Further information will be provided to the accredited reporters. 

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Richard Hook
European Southern Observatory
Garching, Germany
Phone: +49 89 3200 6655
Mobile: +49 151 1537 3591

About the Announcement



Exoplanet hunters at La Silla*
Exoplanet hunters at La Silla*