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A Stunning Picture of the Very Large Telescope (Oh, and the Milky Way)

This stunning fisheye photograph shows the towering wonder of the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope—plus, you know, some galaxy called the Milky Way in the background, too. Read More >>

Europe, It's On: SpaceX Says There's "No Way In Hell" Europe Can Compete With the Yanks

Gentlemen, start your engines. SpaceX's CEO, Elon Musk, has laid down the challenge; a verbal slap in the face, if you will. He's had the bare-faced cheek to insult Europe's Ariane 5 rocket, saying that the "Ariane 5 has no chance" in the increasingly crowded rocket market. Well, to me, that just sounds like a challenge. Read More >>

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These Linked Telescopes Are the Voltron of Astronomy

How do you create the world's largest virtual optical telescope and the most advanced visible-light astronomical observatory? Teamwork. The Very Large Telescope at the Paranal Observatory combines the visual prowess of four huge telescopes — for the first time ever — to mimic a 130-metre-wide mirror. Read More >>

There Really Is an Eye Watching Us From Space

A new infrared image of the Helix Nebula captured by the European Southern Observatory in Chile looks even more like God’s eye looking down on us. It’s almost creepy in its wondrously beautiful haze of red, orange and yellow. Read More >>


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