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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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These Star-Crossed Stellar Lovers Are Heading for a Disaster of Cosmic Proportions

Behold VFTS 352, the hottest and most massive “overcontact binary” star system ever discovered. The two stars, which are so close that they’re touching, feature a combined mass 57 times that of our Sun. Astronomers say it’s a unique stellar relationship that will culminate in a rather dramatic finish. 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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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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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 >>

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Laser-Zapping Telescopes Have Never Looked So Amazing

We've showed you the Paranal Observatory's laser-guided telescopes before, but never in gorgeous HD motion, replete with clear stars and deftly swiveling machinery. This is definitely one you're going to want to watch fullscreen. 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 >>