Caption: The planet Beta Pictoris b (arrowed) is visible orbiting its host star in this composite image from the European Southern Observatory's 3.6m telescope and the NACO instrument on the ESO's 8.2-m Very Large Telescope
POWERFUL Part of the Very Large Telescope
(VLT) at ESO's Cerro Paranal observing site
The discovery was made using the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope
, with other images also coming from the Hubble Space Telescope and Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope.
LBT is an optical telescope that relies on mirrors, and the technology for very large telescope
mirrors is relatively young.
Set on top of a 2600m high peak, the Cerro Paranal observatory has an unequalled view of the heavens through the world's most powerful and sophisticated astronomical device, the prosaically named Very Large Telescope
Membership will give UK astronomers access to the four 8.2 metre and several 1.8 metre telescopes which comprise the Very Large Telescope
at Atacama in Chile.
The Very Large Telescope
is a joint effort between eight European nations.
The device, known as the VLT - Very Large Telescope
- can spot an astronaut walking on the surface of the moon.
The European Southern Observatory's Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) instrument at the Very Large Telescope
measures a few meters across.
Astronomers have now used the power of ESO's Very Large Telescope
to explore one of its lesser known regions.
Nine years after ESO's Very Large Telescope
captured the first image of an exoplanet, the planetary companion to the brown dwarf 2M1207 (eso0428), the same team has caught on camera what is probably the lightest of these objects so far.