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October 1, 2012 - ESO Golden Anniversary

1 Oct 2012, 04:00 UTC
October 1, 2012 - ESO Golden Anniversary
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The Week in SpaceOctober 1-7, 2012 ESO Golden Anniversary This week marks the fiftieth anniversary of one of the world’s leading astronomical research institutions, the European Southern Observatory, whose member nations include Austria, Belgium, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. ESO operates some of the world’s largest and most advanced observational facilities at three sites in northern Chile: La Silla, Paranal, and Chajnantor. This wide-field view of the Orion Nebula, lying about 1,350 light-years away, was taken with the 4.1-meter (161-inch) VISTA infrared telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory. VISTA’s huge field of view captures the whole nebula and its surroundings in a single frame.Image credit: ESO / J. Emerson / VISTA / Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit Weekly CalendarOctober 1-7, 2012Holidays - Sky Events - Space History Monday 11897: 40-inch refractor dedicated at Yerkes Observatory1958: NASA founded1962: 300-foot radio telescope at Green Bank goes into operation2010: Chang’e-2 lunar spacecraft launched Tuesday 2 Wednesday 3Venus 0.1° south of Regulus 1935: Charlie Duke born1942: First V2 rocket launched 1962: Mercury Sigma 7 launched1967: X-15A-2 flies at mach 6.71985: STS-51J Atlantis launched Thursday 4World Space Week beginsJupiter appears stationaryMoon at apogee ...

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