ESO Hosts Launch of the Book Vistas de la Galaxia

9 November 2012

Today, at ESO’s premises in Santiago, the European Southern Observatory and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile launched the book Vistas de la Galaxia (Vistas of the Galaxy), by astronomers Dante Minniti, Joyce Pullen and Ignacio Toledo.

Vistas de la Galaxia tells the story of an ambitious astronomical project and the people behind the amazing discoveries of a three-year trip through the Universe using ESO’s 4.1-metre Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA), the world’s largest survey telescope.

The book describes in depth a series of discoveries that have been made with VISTA in recent years. These include more than 100 new star clusters (eso1128eso1141), novae and over 300 new distant galaxies, among many others. Recently an international team of astronomers, including the lead author of the new book, has also used VISTA to create a catalogue of more than 84 million stars in the central region of the Milky Way. This is the largest catalogue ever made of centre of our galaxy (eso1242).


Dante Minniti
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Santiago, Chile
Tel:  +56 2 463 3267

Francisco Rodriguez
Press Officer ESO/Chile
Santiago, Chile
Tel: +56 2 4633019

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The cover of the book Vistas de la Galaxia
The cover of the book Vistas de la Galaxia