European Southern Observatory

February 25, 2017

The Search for Life in the Universe Just Got a Lot More Interesting

Discovering several Earth-size planets around TRAPPIST-1 means the likelihood of finding life within the habitable zones of other star systems could be much greater than previously […]
September 22, 2016

Scientists finally figured out the source of this bizarre, glowing space ‘blob’

The blob is one of the biggest and most mysterious objects in our universe. Discovered 16 years ago by researchers at Cal Tech‘s Palomar Observatory, the gargantuan […]
August 26, 2016

HOW WE COULD SEE THE NEW 'EARTH-LIKE' PLANET UP CLOSE

WE NEED TINY SPACESHIPS. LOTS OF ‘EM. The dramatic announcement that a small rocky planet might exist in the nearest star system to the sun, Alpha Centauri, […]
August 25, 2016

Earth-like planet found orbiting the star next door

Rocky planet orbits Proxima Centauri, the sun’s nearest neighbour, just 4 light years away After scanning the vast reaches of the cosmos for Earth-like planets where […]
July 2, 2016

LISTEN TO THE SOUNDS OF JUPITER CAPTURED BY NASA'S APPROACHING JUNO SPACECRAFT

NASA’s Juno spacecraft is about to make history when it flies by Jupiter on July 4th, giving scientists our best look yet at the eerie King of the […]
November 16, 2015

construction begins on the giant magellan telescope

You can get a great view of the stars in the Atacama Desert in Chile. There’s seldom a rain cloud in the sky (it’s one of […]
October 29, 2015

Astronomers discovered a new component of the Milky Way galaxy that they never expected to find

The universe is a mysterious place — comprised of mostly dark matter and dark energy, neither of which scientists fully understand. And now, a recent study […]
October 15, 2015

Rogue Planets

Not everything in the universe has to play by the neatly set down rules of astrophysics—in fact, space is notorious for simply refusing to conform to […]
August 10, 2015

Black Holes

Black holes are probably some of the most terrifying specimens of astronomy existing in the universe. The gravitational pull of black holes is so overwhelmingly strong […]