visual: 1.ESO's HARPS instrument finds Earth-mass exoplanet orbiting Alpha Centauri B Video shows a fly-through of the bright double star Alpha Centauri A and B. In the final sequence we close in on Alpha Centauri B and a newly discovered planet swims into view. This Earth-mass planet is the closest exoplanet known and the lightest ever found around a star like the Sun. Credit: ESO./L. Calçada/Nick Risinger http://www.eso.org/public/videos/ Planet Found in Nearest Star System to Earth A fly-through of the Alpha Centauri system
2.Thor's Helmet Nebula NGC 2359 5 October 2012, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) is celebrating 50 years since the signing of its founding convention. Over the last half century ESO has become the world's most productive ground-based astronomical observatory. This morning, for the first time ever, observations with ESO's Very Large Telescope were made of an object chosen by the public. The winner of an anniversary competition pointed the VLT towards the spectacular Thor's Helmet Nebula and the observations were broadcast live over the internet. To mark the occasion ESO and its partners are organising many other activities in the 15 ESO Member States. source videos: Large Magellanic Cloud, 30 Doradus region [satellite galaxy of the Milky Way] Thor's Helmet Nebula zooming in and panning across
Large Magellanic Cloud, 30 Doradus region [satellite galaxy of the Milky Way] Thor's Helmet Nebula zooming in and panning across visual from http://www.spacetelescope.org/videos/ **************************************************************** Copyright Notice (by Believe News) visual 2:09 - 3:31 1. Zooming in on Thor’s Helmet http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1238b/ This video sequence starts with a broad view of the Milky Way before closing in on the sky close to the familiar bright star Sirius. The final sequence shows a new VLT image of the Thor’s Helmet Nebula taken on the occasion of ESO’s 50th Anniversary, 5 October 2012, with the help of Brigitte Bailleul — winner of the Tweet Your Way to the VLT! competition. Credit: ESO/B. Bailleul/Digitized Sky Survey 2/Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org)
2. Panning across the Thor’s Helmet Nebula http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1238c/ This video takes a close look at a new VLT image of the Thor’s Helmet Nebula. It was taken on the occasion of ESO’s 50th Anniversary, 5 October 2012, with the help of Brigitte Bailleul — winner of the Tweet Your Way to the VLT! competition. The observations were broadcast live over the internet from the Paranal Observatory in Chile. This object, also known as NGC 2359, lies in the constellation of Canis Major (The Great Dog). The helmet-shaped nebula is around 15 000 light-years away from Earth and is over 30 light-years across. The helmet is a cosmic bubble, blown as the wind from the bright, massive star near the bubble's centre sweeps through the surrounding molecular cloud. Credit: ESO/B. Bailleul
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