ESO — Reaching New Heights in Astronomy
View in browser
ESO News
19 October 2023

An international team has spotted a remote blast of cosmic radio waves lasting less than a millisecond. This 'fast radio burst' (FRB) is the most distant ever detected. Its source was pinned down by the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT) in a galaxy so far away that its light took eight billion years to reach us. The FRB is also one of the most energetic ever observed; in a tiny fraction of a second it released the equivalent of our Sun’s total emission over 30 years.

The release, images and videos are available on:

Kind regards,
The ESO Department of Communication
19 October 2023

  ESO Announcements

Chile issues a new lighting standard to protect its dark skies

19 October 2023: Chile, ESO’s partner country and host to all three of its astronomical observatories, has yesterday issued a new standard to protect the country's dark skies, which are considered ...

Read more

Time capsule buried at ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope

16 October 2023: Last week, a time capsule commemorating ESO staff, science, technology and cooperation between ESO and Chile was buried in a ceremony at the construction site of ESO’s Extremely Large ...

Read more

ESO and Chile celebrate 60 years of collaboration in astronomy

12 October 2023: On 6 November 1963, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the Republic of Chile signed an agreement which started a cooperation in astronomy that had tremendous worldwide impact. This relationship ...

Read more

ESO’s Francesca Primas recognised for promoting gender equity

27 September 2023: Francesca Primas, Full Astronomer at ESO, has been honoured with the inaugural Nancy Grace Roman Award by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP). Primas is the first person to ...

Read more

Aviso a los medios de comunicación: 60 años de ESO en Chile

25 September 2023: En 1963, el Observatorio Europeo Austral (ESO) y la República de Chile firmaron un tratado que desencadenó una colaboración astronómica de alcance mundial. Tras seis décadas, este vínculo ha dado ...

Read more

The CTAO will double its staff as major infrastructure development begins in 2024

25 September 2023: Progress in the Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory (CTAO) –– the world’s most powerful ground-based gamma-ray observatory –– will be bolstered by a recent funding pledge from its governing bodies. On 6 ...

Read more


Big blue stars in a magnetic relationship

Claudia Sciarma

6 October 2023: Invisible and untouchable, it is not easy to imagine magnetic fields. But they are everywhere: in fridge magnets, across our planet, in stars and even in galaxies — the Universe ...

Read more

 Pictures of the Week

25 September 2023
A laser show on Paranal

11 September 2023
A flower with four petals

Upcoming Events

A golden halo around the ELT  Hidden in the Chilean Andes  Home is where the telescopes are  It’s full of stars!  A giant under the moonlight 

View in browser

Follow us on:

Facebook Twitter Instagram Flickr YouTube Itunes Scribd Issuu LinkedIn

European Southern Observatory, Karl-Schwarzschild-Str 2, D-85748 Garching bei München, Germany