In a series of images that look as if they've been pulled from a science fiction movie, four powerful lasers blast from the dome of the Very Large Telescope at the ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile.
No, this isn't humanity's attempt at laser-etching Saturn's cloudy atmosphere with interplanetary graffiti, this is the stunning view at the bottom of a brand new adaptive optics system intended to superboost the clarity of deep space.
The construction phase of the world's biggest optical telescope has begun atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Continue reading →
A new instrument attached to one of the most powerful telescopes in the world has been switched on and acquired its 'first light' images of alien star systems. Continue reading →
Astronomers have spotted a distant galaxy that existed in the very early Universe -- but far from it being a strange-looking galaxy, it actually looks strangely familiar. Continue reading →
By combining two cutting-edge astronomical techniques, researchers have been able to, for the first time, resolve the visible light of the two stars in the famous Capella binary system -- could the same be done for exoplanets?
HD 106906b is no "ordinary" alien planet -- it shouldn't exist. Continue reading →