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7 July 2016

A team of astronomers have used the SPHERE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope to image the first planet ever found in a wide orbit inside a triple-star system. The orbit of such a planet had been expected to be unstable, probably resulting in the planet being quickly ejected from the system. But somehow this one survives. This unexpected observation suggests that such systems may actually be more common than previously thought. The results will be published online in the journal Science on 7 July 2016.

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7 July 2016

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First Light for FIDEOS — The Chilean FIDEOS instrument begins operations on the Chilean ESO 1-metre telescope

7 July 2016: The new FIDEOS (Fiber Dual Echelle Optical Spectrograph) instrument has made its first observations — known as  first light — collecting its first scientific data and confirming its successful operation. FIDEOS is ...

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ESO Signs Contract to Polish the E-ELT Secondary Mirror — French company Reosc will polish the largest secondary mirror ever built

6 July 2016: ESO has signed a contract with the French company Reosc [1], a subsidiary of Safran Electronics & Defense, to polish the secondary mirror of ESO’s forthcoming European Extremely Large ...

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Agreement to Build Band 1 Receivers for ALMA — ALMA array’s vision extended to include wavelengths between 6 and 8.5 millimetres

1 July 2016: The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) Board has approved the production of Band 1 receivers, developed by an international team led by the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and ...

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ESO Council Launches Search for Next Director General

1 July 2016: The current ESO Director General, Tim de Zeeuw, will complete his second 5-year term as Director General at the end of August 2017. The ESO Council has decided to establish ...

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VISTA’s Zoo of Minor Planets — Data from ESO’s VISTA telescope used to extract important near-infrared properties of small bodies in the Solar System

30 June 2016: A team of European astronomers have used data from ESO’s VISTA survey telescope to catalogue a diverse population of minor planets — small bodies in the Solar System — at near-infrared ...

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New Exoplanet Hunter to be Sited at ESO's La Silla Observatory

29 June 2016: ESO has reached agreement with Leiden University in the Netherlands to site a station of MASCARA (the Multi-site All-Sky CAmerRA) at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. The contract ...

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ESO Supernova Basic Construction Complete — A supernova as a beginning, rather than an end

28 June 2016: The construction of the concrete shell of the ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre has been completed and the exciting “double-star system” design of the building is now coming to ...

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