The Anatomy of an Asteroid

ESO’s New Technology Telescope (NTT) has been used to find the first evidence that asteroids can have a highly varied internal structure. By making exquisitely precise measurements astronomers have found that different parts of the asteroid Itokawa have different densities.

First weather map of brown dwarf

ESO's Very Large Telescope has been used to create the first ever map of the weather on the surface of the nearest brown dwarf to Earth. An international team has made a chart of the dark and light features on WISE J104915.57-531906.1B, which is informally known as Luhman 16B and is one of two recently discovered brown dwarfs forming a pair only six light-years from the Sun.

Sneak preview of survey telescope treasure trove

The VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile has captured this richly detailed new image of the Lagoon Nebula. This giant cloud of gas and dust is creating intensely bright young stars, and is home to young stellar clusters.

Biggest quasar explosion recorded

Astronomers at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) have identified the biggest quasar outflow, a type of high energy explosion surrounding a massive black hole, to date.  

Video: Exploring The Elder Scrolls Online

Bethesda Softworks has released a new video which explores the gameplay basics of its upcoming fantasy MMO.

Earth-sized planet found 4.3 light years away

European astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet right next door in the Alpha Centauri system.

Spiral found round dying star

A completely unexpected spiral structure observed around an ancient star could offer a glimpse of what our own sun has in store.

Mars image may indicate presence of water ice

Scientists studying data from ESA's Mars Express spacecraft say they may have spotted signs of water on the planet's surface.

Star has 'secret of eternal youth'

One of the most widely-studied of all globular star clusters appears nevertheless to harbor a mystery - a star which apparently possesses the secret of eternal youth.

This "tranquil" galaxy is home to violent events

The ESO's (European Southern Observatory) Very Large Telescope recently captured a new image of galaxy NGC 1187 - originally discovered by William Herschel in 1784.



'Vampire stars' more common than thought

Most bright, massive stars have a companion star - in many cases with one a 'vampire' star sucking mass from the other, say astronomers using ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT).

Dark galaxies spotted for first time

Long-theorized, but never before seen, the dark galaxies of the early universe have now been directly observed by ESO's Very large telescope (VLT).

Dark matter theories take a blow

If dark matter exists, it's not hiding out in our neighbourhood, baffled scientists have revealed.

How teenage galaxies feed

Astronomers have known for some time that the earliest galaxies were much smaller than the impressive spiral and elliptical entities which now fill our universe.

Astronomers discover life - on Earth

By observing the way the moon reflects light from the Earth, astronomers have established that there's life on our planet - not as pointless as it seems, as the technique could help find life elsewhere.

Carina Nebula gets snapped

Deep in the heart of the southern Milky Way lies a stellar nursery known as the Carina Nebula - located 7500 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Carina (The Keel).



Habitable planet has three suns

Astronomers have discovered a potentially habitable planet right on our doorstep - just 22 light years away.

Gas cloud spirals into Milky Way black hole

Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have spotted a giant gas cloud being sucked into the supermassive black hole at the heart of our galaxy.

Astronomers find fastest rotating star

Astronomers say they've discovered their fastest-spinning star, a hot blue giant rotating at a million miles per hour - 100 times faster than our sun.

Hydrogen peroxide found in interstellar space

Hydrogen peroxide has been found for the first time in space, and astronomers are excited - not because it indicates that aliens are bottle blondes, but because it gives clues to how water may be formed.