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New planet could support life – ESO observatory

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:23 PM

A new extrasolar system planet can be added to a handful of fellow exoplanets which could theoretically support life, the European Southern Observatory says

This artist’s impression shows the temperate planet Ross 128 b, with its red dwarf parent star in the background. ESO/M. Kornmesser

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Aug 25, 2016 - 12:20 PM

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Earth-like planet orbiting star nearest our Solar System

Aug 25, 2016 - 1:00 AM

Scientists confirm the presence of an Earth like exoplanet orbiting Proxima Centauri the star nearest our Solar System

PALE RED DOT. This artist’s impression shows a view of the surface of the planet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Solar System. The double star Alpha Centauri AB also appears in the image to the upper-right of Proxima itself. ESO/M. Kornmesser

Scientists to unveil new Earth-like planet – report

Aug 13, 2016 - 12:30 AM

The exoplanet orbits a well investigated star called Proxima Centauri part of the Alpha Centauri star system German weekly Der Spiegel says

In this artistic concept, Earth (left) is compared with Kepler-452b, which was announced last year as Earth's closest twin. Image credit: NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle

Scientists discover strange planet with 3 stars

Jul 08, 2016 - 2:35 PM

The planet named HD 131399Ab is located about 340 light years from Earth and is believed to be about 16 million years old

epa05413486 An undated handout artist's impression made avaiable by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) on 07 July 2016 showing view of the triple-star system HD 131399 from close to the giant planet orbiting in the system. The planet is known as HD 131399Ab and appears at the lower-left of the picture. Located about 320 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Centaurus (The Centaur), HD 131399Ab is about 16 million years old, making it also one of the youngest exoplanets discovered to date, and one of very few directly imaged planets. With a temperature of around 580 degrees Celsius and an estimated mass of four Jupiter masses, it is also one of the coldest and least massive directly-imaged exoplanets. EPA/L. Calcada / ESO / HANDOUT MANDATORY CREDIT: ESO/L. Calcada HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

New clue sheds some light on mysterious 'dark matter'

Apr 15, 2015 - 10:52 AM

We ve found for the first time that it may have more tricks up its sleeve – it might be affecting things around it in other ways through other forces

UP IN THE SKY. The zodiacal light (L) and the Milky Way (R) are seen from the region of Salgotarjan, 109 kms northeast of Budapest, Hungary, 17 February 2015. Peter Komka/EPA

Chile hilltop flattened for world's largest telescope

Jun 20, 2014 - 7:46 AM

The European Extremely Large Telescope E ELT telescope being built by the European Southern Observatory aims to give astronomers new insight into the origins of the universe

WORLD'S LARGEST. Artist's impression of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). The E-ELT will be the largest optical/infrared telescope in the world — the world's biggest eye on the sky. ESO

Far-off planet Beta Pictoris b in a spin

May 01, 2014 - 5:47 PM

Scientists measure an alien planet s rotation at a breakneck 90 000 kilometers per hour or approximately 8 Earth hours

BETA PICTORIS. Photo by ESO/A.-M. Lagrange et al. from

Astronomers ring in startling asteroid find

Mar 27, 2014 - 12:58 PM

The twin rings around a rock called Chariklo were spotted in June last year as it passed in front of a star scrutinized by seven telescopes

RING. An image released by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) on 26 March 2014 shows an artist's impression of the rings surrounding the remote asteroid Chariklo. L. Calcada and Nick Risinger/ESO/EPA

Star masses also yield exoplanets

Jan 16, 2014 - 6:35 AM

Astronomers using an exoplanet hunting instrument at the European Southern Observatory ESO in the Chilean desert find that planets are probably just as common in star clusters

AN EXOPLANET'S JOURNEY. Artist's impression of an exoplanet orbiting a star in the cluster Messier 67. Image courtesy ESO

Biggest known star ripping itself apart – astronomers

Oct 17, 2013 - 12:11 AM

Red supergiant W26 with a diameter 3 000 times that of the Sun is becoming unstable and shedding its outer layers

STELLAR EXPLOSION. The new Very Large Survey Telescope (VST) image of the star cluster Westerlund 1. The star W26 is in the upper left of the cluster and is surrounded by a green glow. Credit: ESO/VPHAS+ Survey/N. Wright

Trio of 'super Earths' in a star's habitable zone

Jun 25, 2013 - 8:13 PM

The 3 are part of a cluster of as many as seven planets that circle Gliese 667C one of 3 stars located a relatively close 22 light years from Earth

Artist's impression of the Gliese 667C system. Image courtesy of ESO

In feat, telescope directly spots lightweight exoplanet

Jun 04, 2013 - 8:30 AM

The new discovery is a gas giant about four to five times the mass of Jupiter the largest planet of our solar system

LIGHTEST EXOPLANET? This image from ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) shows the newly discovered planet HD95086 b (lower left), next to its parent star. The blue circle is the size of the orbit of Neptune in the Solar System. Photo by J Rameau/ESO

Milky Way stars catalogued in massive new image

Oct 25, 2012 - 1:45 PM

Astronomers said Wednesday October 24 they have produced an image capturing some 84 million stars at our universe s core in a massive survey of the Milky Way

Image courtesy of the European Southern Observatory (ESO).

Earth-sized planet found orbiting nearest star

Oct 17, 2012 - 3:06 PM

The planet swings close to the star Alpha Centauri B one of a triple star system that is 4 3 light years away which in cosmic terms is just next door to us

HELLO, NEIGHBOR. Artist’s impression of the planet around Alpha Centauri B. Image courtesy of ESO

Giant Chile telescope spots unique spiral structure

Oct 11, 2012 - 12:32 PM

Astronomers using a powerful Chile based telescope on Wednesday October 10 released a rare image of a spiral shell of cosmic dust and gas surrounding a red giant star

Observations using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have revealed an unexpected spiral structure in the material around the old star R Sculptoris. This feature has never been seen before and is probably caused by a hidden companion star orbiting the star. Image: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)

Chilean telescope finds sugar molecules near star

Aug 30, 2012 - 1:25 PM

Astronomers using a powerful radio telescope in Chile said Wednesday August 29 that they had discovered sugar molecules one of the building blocks of life orbiting a young star similar to the Sun

Image courtesy of the ESO.