The European Southern Observatory, ESO for short, regularly publishes a quarterly journal called The Messenger.
This kind of a release is extremely exciting, providing previously unseen glimpses into new corners of the cosmos!
The March issue, released online today, can be found HERE. It contains a very exciting array of brand new telescopic imaging, some of which I'll happily share with you now. Click any of the following images for their full resolution. Many of the following are great computer wallpapers!
"This new image of the reflection nebula Messier 78 was captured using the Wide Field Imager camera on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory, Chile and was awarded the first prize in ESO’s Hidden Treasures competition. Igor Chekalin from Russia uncovered the raw data for this image in ESO’s archives, processed the raw data with great skill and claimed first prize in
the contest." -ESO
Image Credit: ESO/Igor Chekalin
"Near-infrared colour image of the core of the nearby star formation region Monoceros R2 formed by combining VISTA images in the Y-, J- and Ks-bands. Monoceros R2 is part of a large association of embedded high and intermediate mass star-forming regions, reflection nebulae and molecular clouds."-ESO
Image Credit: ESO
Four Antennas of ALMA
"Four antennas of the Atacama Large Millimeter/sub millimeter Array (ALMA) on the Chajnantor plateau profiled against the night sky. The Moon illuminates the scene on the right, while the Plane of the Milky Way stretches across the upper left." -ESO
Image Credit:ESO/Jose Francisco Salgado
Low-mass star-forming region NGC 6729
"The low-mass star-forming region NGC 6729 is shown in a VLT FORS1 colour composite of Hα and S ii exposures, processed by the second-prize winner Sergey Stepanenko." -ESO
Image Credit: ESO/S. Sepaneko
Sliver of Sunlight
"An image of a sliver of direct sunlight photographed from the International Space Station [ISS015-E-10471, 3 June 2007, courtesy of NASA]. This illustrates the colour of the light source that illuminates the eclipsed Moon at the boundary between the umbra and penumbra of the Earth’s shadow"... "We note that the darker, dirty yellow band dividing the troposphere from the stratosphere corresponds to the region of maximum ozone absorption and so demonstrates that the Chappuis band is visible without the use of a spectrometer!" -ESO
Image Credit: NASA/ISS
Pair of Galaxies NGC 3169 and NGC3166
"The colour image of the pair of galaxies NGC 3169 and NGC 3166, a field also containing the recent supernova SN 2003cg, obtained with the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope and processed by Igor Chekalin."-ESO
Image Credit: ESO/I. Chekalin
Aquila Molecular Cloud Complex as Observed with Herschel
"PACS-SPIRE colour composite"
Image Credit: ESO
3D Simulation of a Large-Scale Jet from a Nearby Young Star
"In this picture the bow shock has propagated roughly 400 milliarcseconds out from the jet engine (from Staff et al., 2010)."
Image Credit: ESO Staff et al., 2010
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