1. VLT VISTA Compilation 2009


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    Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA). Download this video in different formats from http://www.eso.org/public/videos/vlt2009compvista/

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    • Dust trap animation


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      This artist’s rendering shows the behaviour of different sized particles in the disc of dust that surrounds Oph-IRS 48 system. The bigger particles, millimetres in diameter, tend to clump together in a safe haven that allows them to grow even further, eventually forming boulders and then comets. More information and download-options: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1325b/ Credit: ESO/L. Calçada

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      • The movie ALMA — In Search of our Cosmic Origins


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        This 16-minute video presents the history of ALMA from the origins of the project several decades ago to the recent first science results. Illustrated by dramatic helicopter footage, the movie takes you on a journey to the 5000-metre-high Chajnantor Plateau, where ALMA stands, in the unique environment of the Atacama Desert of Chile. More information and download-options: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1312a/ Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO). Directed by: Lars Lindberg Christensen. Art Direction, Production Design: Martin Kornmesser. Producer: Herbert Zodet. Written by: Nicola Guttridge, Gara Mora-Carillo, Douglas Pierce-Price and Herbert Zodet. 3D Animations and Graphics: Martin Kornmesser and Luis Calçada. Editing: Martin Kornmesser. Cinematography: Herbert Zodet Music: Toomas Erm. Narration: Sara Mendes da Costa. Web and technical support: Mathias André and Raquel Yumi Shida. Proof Reading: Anne Rhodes. Visuals: ESO, ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), C. Malin (cristophmalin.com), José Francisco Salgado (josefrancisco.org), B. Tafreshi (twanight.org), NRAO/General Dynamics C4 Systems, NRAO/AUI/NSF, Al Wootten, Y. Beletsky, Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org), S. Guisard (www.eso.org/~sguisard), NASA/JPL-Caltech/WISE Team, M. Maercker et al, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Executive Producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen.

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        • ESOcast 46: Catching Light -- Special 50th anniversary episode #6


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          ESOcast 46 is the sixth special episode of this series. It describes how state-of-the-art cameras and spectrographs help ESO’s powerful telescopes collect and analyse the faint light from the distant Universe. Without these instruments, ESO’s eyes on the sky would be blind. Today’s astronomical images are very different from those from the 1960s. Back then, astronomers used large photographic glass plates, which were not very sensitive and hard to handle. Nowadays, ESO’s telescopes use some of the largest and most sensitive electronic detectors in the world. They catch almost every cosmic photon and recover almost every possible bit of information. For instance, the VLT Survey Telescope’s camera — OmegaCAM — has 32 detectors, which team up to produce spectacular images of the Universe, each with an impressive 268 million pixels. But astronomy is not only about taking breathtaking images. Astronomers are always after as much information as possible so they need to dissect the starlight into its component colours to study its composition. Spectroscopy is one of the most powerful tools in astronomy and ESO’s telescopes also have some of the world’s most powerful spectrographs, such as the powerful X-shooter at the Very Large Telescope. Spectroscopy allows astronomers to infer important properties of the stars, such as the chemical elements they contain, their temperatures, motions, and even their ages. Moreover, they can study the atmospheres of exoplanets orbiting distant stars or newborn galaxies at the edge of observable Universe. Watch this episode to discover more about ESO’s state-of-the-art astronomical instruments. More information and download-options: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/esocast46a/ Credit: An ESO production Directed by: Lars Lindberg Christensen Art Direction, Production Design: Martin Kornmesser Producer: Herbert Zodet Written by: Govert Schilling 3D animations and graphics: Martin Kornmesser & Luis Calçada Editing: Martin Kornmesser Cinematography: Herbert Zodet & Peter Rixner Sound engineer: Cristian Larrea Audio Mastering: Peter Rixner Host & Lead Scientist: Dr J (Dr Joe Liske, ESO) Narration: Sara Mendes da Costa Soundtrack & Sound Effects: movetwo — Axel Kornmesser & Markus Löffler & zero-project (zero-project.gr) Proof reading: Anne Rhodes Technical support: Lars Holm Nielsen, Raquel Yumi Shida & Mathias Andre DVD Authoring: Andre Roquette Executive producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen Footage and photos: ESO Christoph Malin (christophmalin.com) Babak Tafreshi/TWAN Stéphane Guisard (eso.org/~sguisard) José Francisco Salgado (josefrancisco.org) Alexandre Santerne Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org) Martin Kornmesser Herbert Zodet J. Dommaget/J. Boulon/J. Doornenbal/W. Schlosser/F.K. Edmondson/A. Blaauw/Rademakers/R. Holder Mineworks Daniel Crouch/Rare Books (crouchrarebooks.com) Getty Images Royal Astronomical Society/Science Photo Library Jay M. Pasachoff Chris de Coning/South African Library/Warner-Madear Africana Museum/Warner Leiden University G. Brammer Mauricio Anton/Science Library NASA/Spitzer Science Center/R. Hurt VISTA/J. Emerson Digitized Sky Survey 2 MPE/S. Gillessen/M. Schartmann PIONIER/IPAG Rainer Lenzen/MPIA Heidelberg West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in Berlin by KolBerlin Davide De Martin Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit IDA/Danish 1.5 m/R. Gendler and C. Thöne Mario Nonino, Piero Rosati and the ESO GOODS Team ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO) The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope Matthias Maercker Igor Chekalin Hans-Hermann Heyer Edmund Janssen Luis Calçada Scott Kardel Tom Jarrett, Kevin Govender Sergey Stepanenko ESA NASA IAU/IYA2009 T. Preibisch R. Fosbury (ST-ECF) INAF-VST/OmegaCAM OmegaCen/Astro-WISE/Kapteyn Institute A. Fujii J.-B. Le Bouquin et al. D. Coe (STScI)/J. Merten (Heidelberg/Bologna) Gemini Observatory/NRC/AURA/Christian Marois et al. M. Janson Jean-Luc Beuzit IAC (SMM) and ESPRESSO consortium T.M. Brown (STScI) UltraVISTA team, TERAPIX/CNRS/INSU/CASU World Wide Telescope

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          • Panning over a deep view at the strange galaxy Centaurus A


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            This pan video takes a close look at the peculiar galaxy Centaurus A (NGC 5128) in an image taken with by the Wide Field Imager attached to the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile. With a total exposure time of more than 50 hours this is one of the most revealing views of this peculiar and spectacular object every created. Credit: ESO. Music: Disasterpeace (http://disasterpeace.com/) More information and download-options: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1221b/

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            • Zooming in on the globular star cluster Messier 55


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              This zoom sequence starts with a wide view of the spectacular Milky Way. We then close in on a fuzzy spot that proves to be a very rich star cluster, the globular Messier 55. In the final sequence we see a very detailed view of Messier 55 in infrared light from the VISTA telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory. Credit: ESO and Digitized Sky Survey 2/J. Emerson/VISTA/Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org) Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit Music: Compass by Disasterpeace (www.disasterpeace.com) More information and download-options: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1220a/

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              • ESOcast 20: Richest planetary system discovered


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                Astronomers using ESO instruments have discovered a remarkable extrasolar planetary system that has some striking similarities to our own Solar System. At least five planets are orbiting the Sun-like star HD 10180, and the regular pattern of their orbits is similar to that observed for our neighbouring planets. One of the new extrasolar worlds could be only 1.4 times the mass of the Earth, making it the least massive exoplanet ever found. This video podcast explains how these faraway planets were detected and exactly what we know about them. This episode is available for download (various formats available!) on: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1035a/

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                • Artist impression of the protoplanetary disc surrounding the young star MWC 480


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                  Artist impression of the protoplanetary disc surrounding the young star MWC 480. ALMA has detected the complex organic molecule methyl cyanide in the outer reaches of the disc in the region where comets are believed to form. This is another indication that complex organic chemistry, and potentially the conditions necessary for life, is universal. More information and download options: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1513a/ Credit: B. Saxton (NRAO/AUI/NSF). Music: Johan B. Monell (www.johanmonell.com)

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                  • ESO Timelapse Compilation


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                    A compilation of timelapses taken from each of ESO's three unique observing sites during the ESO Ultra HD Expedition. Watch this video in 4K here: http://youtu.be/mfBxBSHPaME More information and download options: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/uhd_timelapse_compil/ Credit: ESO. Music: John Dyson

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                    • Zooming in on an eclipsing binary in the Large Magellanic Cloud


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                      This zoom sequence starts with a very broad view of the southern skies and closes in on one of the closest galaxies to the Milky Way — Large Magellanic Cloud. Within this galaxy several very faint and rare cool eclipsing binary double stars have been identified. As the two component stars in these binaries orbit each other they pass in front of one another and their combined brightness, seen from a distance, decreases. By studying how the light changes, and other properties of these systems, astronomers can measure the distances to eclipsing binaries very accurately. A long series of observations of these objects has now led to the most accurate determination so far of the distance to the Large Magellanic Cloud — a crucial step in the determination of distances across the Universe. More information and download-options: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1311a/ Credit: ESO/Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org)/R. Gendler/L. Calçada. Music: movetwo

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