This exciting episode of the ESOcast gives viewers an exclusive backstage pass to see what went on behind the scenes while filming the ESO live webcast "A Day in the Life of ESO".

The webcast aired on the exact date of ESO's 50th Anniversary, 5th October 2012, and lasted for 6 hours. It included talks from astronomers and engineers from ESO's headquarters in Garching, Germany, as well as a live link to Paranal, Chile, where Brigitte Bailleul, winner of the "Tweet your way to the VLT" competition, was preparing to be the first member of the general public to make an observation using ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT).

ESOcast 49 examines the events of the day and also includes footage taken behind the scenes both at Garching as well as Paranal. The episode captures the suspense and excitement of coordinating a live event on different sides on the Earth as well as making live observations using the world's most advanced visible-light astronomical observatory, the VLT.

All the talks and events screened throughout the live webcast are also now available to watch in full or as individual segments on the ESO50 livestream web page.

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Editing: Herbert Zodet.
Written by: Herbert Zodet.
Narration: Sara Mendes da Costa.
Music: John Stanford (
Footage and photos: ESO, Luis Calçada, Farid Char and José Francisco Salgado (
Web and technical support: Mathias Andre and Raquel Yumi Shida.
Directed by: Herbert Zodet.
Executive producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen.

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