European Southern Observatory

Incredibly, This Is A Rainbow

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Tech

This stunning image is of a rainbow some 2,900ft above sea level and was taken near the Chillean town of San Pedro de Atacama. What you can see be...

'Diamond Ring' Spotted In Space

Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Tech

Astronomers have spotted a beautiful - and fairly romantic - sight in deep space: a nebula shaped like an engagement ring. The remarkable image was...

WATCH: Zoom Through The Universe In 49 Seconds

Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.12.2013 | UK Tech

Ever wondered what it would be like to hurtle through the night sky at impossibly vast speeds, watching stars streak silently past before slowing down...

PICS: Galaxy Spotted Feeding On Gigantic Gas Cloud

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Tech

A distant galaxy has been spotted feeding off a gigantic cloud of gas. The simplest models of galaxy formation involve clouds of gas and material c...

'Largest Ever' Photo Of The Galaxy Captures 84 Million Stars

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 24.12.2012 | UK Tech

The largest and most detailed photograph of our galaxy ever taken has been unveiled. The gigantic nine-gigapixel image captures more than 84 millio...

The European Southern Observatory: 50 Years In 50 Pictures

Huffington Post UK | Melanie Hick | Posted 04.05.2012 | UK Tech

They have discovered exoplanets and second Earths, and brought us a steady stream of astoundingly beautiful space images. The European Southern Ob...

The Helix Nebula As Its Never Been Seen

Huffington Post UK | Melanie Hick | Posted 19.01.2012 | UK Tech

The Helix Nebula has been shot for the first time in infrared revealing amazing cometary knots and never-before-seen details of the surrounding star. ...

Vampire Star SS Leporis Spotted By Powerful Telescope

Huffington Post UK | Melanie Hick | Posted 06.02.2012 | UK Tech

Imagine having your life force slowly sucked out of you by a close lingering companion who just won't leave you alone. A "vampire" star has been d...

(VIDEO, PHOTOS) Hubble Uncovers Tiny Galaxies Birthing Stars

Melanie Hick | Posted 10.01.2012 | UK Tech

Next time a child asks you where stars come from, point them straight to this new discovery of tiny star-spawning galaxies from Nasa's Hubble telescop...

(WATCH) Nasa Finds Youngest, Brightest Millisecond Pulsar

Melanie Hick | Posted 04.01.2012 | UK Tech

Wondered where you'd left that millisecond pulsar of yours? Don't fret, Nasa's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has found it and nine other equally imp...

Asteroid Watch: You Can Track Asteroid Passing Earth

Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.01.2012 | UK Tech

Asteroid 2005 YU55 is the not-so catchy name of the rock that will hurtle past Earth on November 8. If you're into space, then pay attention, because ...

Melanie Hick

Space Photo Of The Day: Mars Mud Reveals Water

HuffingtonPost.com | Melanie Hick | Posted 03.01.2012 | UK Tech

Mars may once have been flooded with water, according to a Nasa study looking into mud minerals across the planet. These colourful photos (above) ...

Melanie Hick

Space Photo Of The Day: Exploding Gamma Ray Burst

HuffingtonPost.com | Melanie Hick | Posted 01.01.2012 | UK Tech

You may not spend a lot of time outside at night looking up at the sky for various reasons - knife crime, Downton Abbey or light pollution for example...

Space Photo Of The Day: Horse Head Nebula

Melanie Hick | Posted 31.12.2011 | UK Tech

Space photo of the day today is the Horse Head Nebula, so called because it vaguely resembles an abstract impression of a chessboard's bishop. The...

European Extremely Large Telescope Hunts For Extraterrestrial Life (PHOTOS)

Melanie Hick | Posted 17.12.2011 | UK Tech

It's not just big, it's not even extraordinarily sizeable, the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) is the whopping great telescope that Chile h...

Alma: Humankind's Most Complex Telescope Yet (PHOTOS) (VIDEO)

Melanie Hick | Posted 02.12.2011 | UK Tech

New undiscovered objects, the birth of stars and more distant galaxies are just a few of the amazing never-before-seen discoveries that Atacama Large ...

Angry Birds Nebula (VIDEO)

EOS | Melanie Hick | Posted 20.11.2011 | UK Tech

Lambda Centauri Nebula, a cloud of glowing hydrogen and newborn stars in the constellation of Centaurus, has been named the Angry Bird by observers wh...