1. Panning across a new image of the Lagoon Nebula from the VST

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    This video sequence gives a close-up look at a richly detailed new image of the Lagoon Nebula captured by the VLT Survey Telescope at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile. This giant cloud of gas and dust is creating intensely bright young stars, and is home to young stellar clusters. This image is a tiny part of just one of eleven public surveys of the sky now in progress using ESO telescopes. Together these are providing a vast legacy of publicly available data for the global astronomical community. More information and download options: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1403b/ Credit: ESO/VPHAS+ team

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    • ESOcast 62: Three planets found in star cluster

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      In this ESOcast we look at how astronomers have used ESO's HARPS planet hunter in Chile, along with other telescopes around the world, to discover three planets orbiting stars in the cluster Messier 67. Although more than one thousand planets outside the Solar System are now confirmed, only a handful have been found in star clusters. Remarkably one of these new exoplanets is orbiting a star that is a rare solar twin — a star that is almost identical to the Sun in all respects. More information and download options: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1402a/ Subscribe to our iTunes channel here: https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/esocast-hd/id295471183?mt=2 Credit: ESO. Visual design and editing: Martin Kornmesser and Luis Calçada. Editing: Herbert Zodet. Web and technical support: Mathias André and Raquel Yumi Shida. Written by: Phillip Keane and Richard Hook. Music: Toomas Erm. Footage and photos: ESO, Luis Calçada, Digitized Sky Survey 2, Martin Kornmesser, ESA/Hubble, Alexandre Santerne and Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org). Directed by: Herbert Zodet. Executive producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen.

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      • Zooming in on the star cluster Messier 67

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        This zoom sequence takes the viewer from a broad view of the entire night sky into a close up view of the old star cluster Messier 67 in the constellation of Cancer (The Crab). Observations using ESO’s HARPS instrument on the 3.6-metre telescope at La Silla in Chile, along with other telescopes, have found three planets orbiting stars in this cluster. More information and download options: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1402b/ Credit: ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2/N. Risinger (skysurvey.org) Music: movetwo

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        • Flying through the star cluster Messier 67

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          This artist's impression takes the viewer on a trip through the old star cluster Messier 67 in the constellation of Cancer (The Crab). Observations using ESO's HARPS instrument on the 3.6-metre telescope at La Silla in Chile, along with other telescopes, have found three planets orbiting stars in this cluster. An artists's impression of one of these planets can be seen at the end of this video. More information and download options: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1402c/ Credit: ESO/L. Calçada/N. Risinger (skysurvey.org)

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          • Flying through the star cluster Messier 67 (annotated)

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            This artist's impression takes the viewer on a trip through the old star cluster Messier 67 in the constellation of Cancer (The Crab). Observations using ESO's HARPS instrument on the 3.6-metre telescope at La Silla in Chile, along with other telescopes, have found three planets orbiting stars in this cluster. The three stars with planets are marked with their names. More information and download options: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1402d/ Credit: ESO/L.Calçada/N. Risinger (skysurvey.org)

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            • Panning across the star cluster Messier 67

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              This artist's impression shows the old star cluster Messier 67 in the constellation of Cancer (The Crab). Observations using ESO's HARPS instrument on the 3.6-metre telescope at La Silla in Chile, along with other telescopes, have found three planets orbiting stars in this cluster. The three stars with planets are marked with their names. More information and download options: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1402e/ Credit: ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2

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              • Gaia's mission: solving the celestial puzzle

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                A space mission to create the largest, most-accurate, map of the Milky Way in three dimensions will revolutionise our understanding of the galaxy and the universe beyond. On 19th December 2013, a rocket blasted into the sky from a launch site in French Guiana and travelled 1.5 million km to reach its destination in orbit around the Sun. The spacecraft is called Gaia. Its mission, funded by the European Space Agency and involving scientists from across Europe, is to make the largest, most precise, three-dimensional map of the Milky Way ever attempted. It will be a census of a billion stars spread across our galaxy. The results, says Professor Gerry Gilmore from Cambridge's Institute of Astronomy and the Principal Investigator for UK involvement in the mission, "will revolutionise our understanding of the cosmos as never before." http://www.gaia.ac.uk http://sci.esa.int/gaia/

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                • Time-lapse video sequence showing the construction of ESO technical building

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                  This time lapse shows the construction of the new ESO Headquarters technical building over a period of nearly two years. With the European Extremely Large Telescope on the horizon, ESO needed a cradle for the technological innovations that the ambitious project will require. The technical building — which will also host one of the largest computer archives of astronomical data in the world — will be the focal point of this work and will promote Bavaria’s role in fostering high technology industry. More information and download options: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1350b/ Credit: ESO. Music: John Stanford (johnstanfordmusic.com)

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                  • Time-lapse video sequence showing the construction of the ESO Headquarters extension

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                    This time lapse shows the construction of the ESO Headquarters extension building over a period of nearly two years. ESO’s new office and conference building in Garching, together with the adjoining technical building (not shown here) and their surroundings, have a total area of 13 200 square metres, which more than doubles the total area of ESO Headquarters. The new buildings, which were inaugurated on 4 December 2013, will strengthen ESO’s presence on the Garching research campus, allowing the organisation to further expand its economic and scientific contribution to the region. More information and download options: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1350a/ Credit: ESO. Music: John Stanford (johnstanfordmusic.com)

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                    • Zooming in on the star formation region NGC 2035

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                      This zoom sequence starts with a broad view of the whole sky. We gradually close in on the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small neighbouring galaxy to our Milky Way. The final close-up shows a VLT image of NGC 2035, a star formation region that has an adjacent remnant created by a supernova explosion. More information and download options: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1348a/ Credit: ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2/Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org)/Robert Gendler (http://www.robgendlerastropics.com/). Music: John Dyson

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