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This Double Star System Puts ‘Double Rainbow’ to Shame

When the world was young and unsullied, we did wholesome things, like laugh at Cheezburger memes and other cat-related pleasantries. One treasure we all adored was the Double Rainbow video, in which a man — ostensibly on peyote and beaver tranquillisers—nearly orgasms at the site of two rainbows in the sky. Those halcyon days may be over, but now, we have a double star system to enjoy instead. Read More >>

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Gorgeous New Nebula Image Proves Cats Really Do Belong In Space

All cat lovers are familiar with toe beans, the little jellies that adorn the bottom your fur baby’s paws. If you, like me, love kitties and space—ideally kitties in space—you’re guaranteed to geek out over the latest image from the European Southern Observatory (ESO), which captures the Cat’s Paw Nebula like never before. Those galactic toe beans are unmistakable! Read More >>

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These Four Laser Beams Will Create the World’s Most Powerful Fake Stars

Set lasers to star mode. The European Southern Observatory’s Paranal Observatory in Chile now has four powerful laser beams with which to create artificial stars in the night sky. Read More >>

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This Stunning Single Image Blurs the Line Between Earth and Space

Sat 2,400 metres above sea level, on the outskirts of the Atacama Desert, the La Silla Observatory has an amazing view of the night sky. So good, in fact, that it’s possible to capture other-worldly photos like this, where space and Earth seem to exist as one. Read More >>

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Look at This Gorgeous Ghost of a Dying Star

This giant cosmic bubble may seem an unusual sight, but in fact it’s pretty common across the Universe—because its the remnants of a dying star, otherwise known as a planetary nebula. Read More >>

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Exoplanet Hunters Will Comb Starlight With Lasers

This picture shows the spectrum of light. You may have seen similar images in the past, but this one is something special—because it’s made of star light. Read More >>

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That’s No Fort… it’s an Observatory 

This stunning aerial photograph of the Very Large Telescope platform somehow reminds me of a smaller base in a real time strategy game, like Starcraft or Total Annihilation. Read More >>

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The Pillars of Creation Will Disappear in a Cosmic Blink

One way or another, the Pillars of Creation are toast. Based on new observations at the European Southern Observatory, these awe-inspiring structures have another three million years before their ghostly image fizzles away into cosmic nothingness. Read More >>

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This Serene Cloud City is Hidden in the Snow-Covered Atacama Desert

Like a peaceful scene from a Star Wars movie, the European Southern Observatory's La Silla telescopes sit blanketed in fresh snow as the Sun sets. Read More >>

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Imagine Your Workstation Had This View of the Galaxy

Being an astronomer working at Very Large Telescope, situated in northern Chile, is probably one of the best jobs in the world. Just look at the view this office has. Read More >>

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This Celestial Show is So Crowded it Almost Looks Unreal

There are not three, four or five, but six different night sky phenomena visible in this amazing astrophoto taken by Petr Horálek, European Southern Observatory's photo ambassador. Read more > Read More >>

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These Interstellar Cannons Actually Hunt Exoplanets

The European Southern Observatory's new exoplanet-hunting telescopes on Cerro Paranal in northern Chile look absolutely stunning in this long-exposure night-time shot. It shows the Next-Generation Transit Survey (NGTS) telescopes during testing. Read More >>

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How All Those Amazing Space Photographs are Made

These days, we're used to seeing colourful, saturated, high-resolution images of the weird and wonderful things that make up our universe. But they don't start off life looking quite as pretty. Read More >>