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1 September 2017

On 1 September 2017, Xavier Barcons became ESO’s eighth Director General, succeeding Tim de Zeeuw who has served since 2007. Barcons begins his tenure at an exciting time for ESO. Construction of the Extremely Large Telescope is progressing rapidly and it is set to see first light in 2024.

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1 September 2017

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Join Us on a Journey to the Stars — the ESOblog Goes Live!

1 September 2017: ESO now has a blog: the ESOblog! The project aims to share with readers from all walks of life day to day stories from the world’s most productive ground-based ...

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ESO’s La Silla Observatory to Host New Planet Hunter

1 September 2017: A powerful new instrument called NIRPS (Near Infra Red Planet Searcher) is to be installed on the ESO 3.6-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile. Built by ...

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ESO Supernova has a new partner: Softmachine Immersive Productions GmbH comes into play — Technology partnership signed with award-winning local studio

31 August 2017: The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has signed a three-year partnership agreement with Softmachine Immersive Productions GmbH as a Technology Partner of the ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre. Softmachine is ...

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