Rich Mathews

First Light for ESO’s MUSE

A new innovative instrument called MUSE (Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer) has been successfully installed on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory in northern Chile. MUSE has observed distant galaxies, bright stars and other test targets during the first period of very successful observations.


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Our Night Sky – March 2014

Our Night Sky – March 2014 from Rich Mathews on Vimeo.

Hi. I’m Carolyn Collins Petersen, your skygazing guide for the month of March. There’s plenty to see this month, so let’s go stargazing.

Hubble Watches Stars’ Clockwork Motion in Nearby Galaxy


February 18, 2014: Using the sharp-eyed NASA Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have for the  first time precisely measured the rotation rate of a galaxy based on the clock-like  movement of its stars.

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Image Credit: NASA, ESA, A. Feild and Z. Levay (STScI), Y. Beletsky (Las Campanas  Observatory), and R. van der Marel (STScI)

“Science with the Hubble Space Telescope IV — Looking to the Future”

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From 17–20 March 2014 the Accademia dei Lincei ( in Rome, Italy, will host the fourth Hubble Space Telescope conference: “Science with the Hubble Space Telescope IV — Looking to the Future” ( This conference will kick off the 25th anniversary of Hubble’s launch in 2015, celebrating the tremendous impact the telescope has had on science and society.


“Science with the Hubble Space Telescope IV” aims to highlight the almost quarter century of ground-breaking science and spectacular images that have come from the telescope, as well as pushing forward with discussions about Hubble’s successor, the James Webb Space Telescope ( The conference will also explore the key questions that will shape the field of astrophysics in the coming decades. The full and final conference programme is available here ( It includes a wide variety of scientific talks and social events.


Bona fide media representatives are invited to attend the conference, and may apply to participate by contacting before 1 March 2014. Successful applicants will have their registration fee waived, but travel costs and other expenses will not be covered. Interviews with participants at the conference will also be possible.


Media attendance at the conference will unfortunately be limited as space is tight, and we encourage journalists to register as early as possible. For scientists the general registration must be completed by 1 March 2014 — details can be found here (


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ESO education and Public Outreach Department

Our Night Sky – February 2014

Our Night Sky – February 2014 from Rich Mathews on Vimeo.

Hi, I’m Carolyn Collins Petersen, your stargazing guide. February skies bring some interesting constellations to explore, plus the planets and Moon. No matter where you do your stargazing from, be sure and dress for the weather. And, bring along a pair of binoculars or a small telescope to enhance your view.

ESO Gives A 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. This image is a tiny part of just one of eleven public surveys of the sky now in progress using ESO telescopes. Together these are providing a vast legacy of publicly available data for the global astronomical community.

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Scientist Directly Image a Brown Dwarf for the First Time at Keck Observatory

MAUNA KEA, HAWAII – A team of researchers led by Justin R. Crepp, the Freimann Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Notre Dame, has directly imaged a very rare type of brown dwarf… Read more »

UCSC Scientists Capture First Cosmic Web Filaments at Keck Observatory

MAUNA KEA, HAWAII – Astronomers have discovered a distant quasar illuminating a vast nebula of diffuse gas, revealing for the first time part of the network of filaments thought to connect galaxies… Read more »

The GEO Summit Wraps Up

A Modern Explorer’s Journey made it’s premiere at the Group on Earth Observations Summit in Geneva last week.






More about GEO from NASA in Geneva (Produced by NASA)

Pandora’s magnifying glass – First image from Hubble’s Frontier Fields

This image of Abell 2744 is the first to come from Hubble’s Frontier Fields observing programme, which is using the magnifying power of enormous galaxy clusters to peer deep into the distant Universe. Abell 2744, nicknamed Pandora’s Cluster, is thought to have a very violent history, having formed from a cosmic pile-up of multiple galaxy clusters.

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