ESO Mystery To Be Unveiled Today –“European Southern Observatory Has Made a Revolutionary Discovery Never Seen Before in the Universe”

 

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According to an announcement from the ESO, scientists working at the observatory complex in Chile have witnessed an astronomical phenomenon that has never been seen before. The details of this discovery will be released next week  16 October 2017 at 16:00 CEST, at a press conference at  ESO Headquarters in Garching, Germany,.


The event will be introduced from ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile by the Director General, Xavier Barcons, and will feature talks by representatives of many research groups around Europe.

 

The last time that astronomers unveiled a groundbreaking discovery of this nature was when NASA scientists witnesed the plumes on Enceladus and Europa as well as the epic announcement that LIGO (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) detected gravitational waves from merging black holes, ushering in a new era in astronomy, allowing us to see the "dark" universe as never before.

 

 

 

The ESO image at the top of the page shows the first exoplanet directly imaged and the first discovered orbiting a brown dwarf. It was imaged the first time by the VLT in 2004. The exoplanet (the red spot on the lower left), is orbiting the brown dwarf 2M1207 (centre). 22M1207b is a Jupiter-like planet, 5 times more massive than Jupiter. It orbits the brown dwarf at a distance 55 times larger than the Earth to the Sun, nearly twice as far as Neptune is from the Sun. The system 2M1207 lies at a distance of 230 light-years, in the constellation of Hydra.

 

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