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8 March 2021

With the help of the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT), astronomers have discovered and studied in detail the most distant source of radio emission known to date. The source is a “radio-loud” quasar — a bright object with powerful jets emitting at radio wavelengths — that is so far away its light has taken 13 billion years to reach us. The discovery could provide important clues to help astronomers understand the early Universe.

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8 March 2021

  ESO Announcements

The Messenger No. 182 Now Available

2 March 2021: The latest edition of ESO's journal, The Messenger, is now available online. This is a special issue dedicated to the instrumentation programme for ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope (ELT ...

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In Search of New Super Earths: CRIRES+ on ESO’s Very Large Telescope Sees First Light

1 February 2021: Since its first light in 2006, the high-resolution infrared CRIRES spectrograph on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) has made a number of exciting scientific discoveries. The new and improved ...

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In conversation with Catherine Cesarsky: — the former ESO Director General talks new projects, leadership and future scientific advances

Interview with Catherine Cesarsky

8 March 2021: In celebration of International Women’s Day, we spoke to Catherine Cesarsky, who was ESO Director General between 1999 and 2007. Since then, she has taken on a number of prestigious ...

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Music from ALMA: the sound of the birthplace of stars

Vera Matenaar, Giulia Perotti, Catarina Fernandes and Hannah Calcutt

26 February 2021: We are all familiar with the awe we experience when looking up at the stars. For many people, this sense of wonder leads to inspiration. Astronomers look up and are ...

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Celebrating female role models in astronomy and engineering

11 February 2021: To mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we spoke to astronomers and engineers at ESO to find out who their female role model in science or ...

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Up close and personal with the Miniscule Extremely Large Telescope — How a test bench version of the world’s largest optical telescope is helping ESO engineers test how the ELT will function

Justin Tabbett

29 January 2021: In a laboratory at ESO headquarters, there is a setup of optics, lenses and mirrors aiding the development of the Extremely Large Telescope — the Miniscule ELT, otherwise known as ...

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