1. ESOcast 49: On Air - Behind the Scenes of "A Day in The Life of ESO" Live Webcast

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    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. More information: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/esocast49a/ Credit: ESO Editing: Herbert Zodet. Written by: Herbert Zodet. Narration: Sara Mendes da Costa. Music: John Stanford (johnstanfordmusic.com). Footage and photos: ESO, Luis Calçada, Farid Char and José Francisco Salgado (josefrancisco.org). Web and technical support: Mathias Andre and Raquel Yumi Shida. Directed by: Herbert Zodet. Executive producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen.

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    • Panning across the galaxies NGC 1316 and 1317

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      This pan video gives a close look at a new image from the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. It shows a pair of contrasting galaxies: NGC 1316, and its smaller companion NGC 1317 (right). NGC 1317 seems to be relatively unperturbed and has a clear spiral structure. But its larger neighbour bears the scars of several past violent events when it has swallowed other galaxies. More information and download options: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1411b/ Credit: ESO. Music: movetwo

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      • Video News Release 39: The Crown Prince Couple of Denmark visits the ESO Paranal Observatory

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        On 14 March 2013 His Royal Highness The Crown Prince of Denmark, accompanied by his wife, Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess, visited ESO's Paranal Observatory, as part of an official visit to Chile. They were taken on a tour of ESO's world-leading astronomical facilities on Paranal by ESO's Director General, Tim de Zeeuw. More information and downlaod-options: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1314a/ Credit: ESO

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        • Video News Release 40: Austrian and Portuguese Ministers for Science visit Paranal (B-roll)

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          The Federal Minister for Science and Research of Austria, Karlheinz Töchterle, and the Minister for Science and Education of Portugal, Nuno Crato, visited ESO's Paranal Observatory on 15 March 2013, as part of their official visits to Chile. The ministers and their delegations were hosted by ESO's Director General, Tim de Zeeuw. Ministers Töchterle and Crato visited the summit of Cerro Paranal where the telescopes are located, at an altitude of 2635 metres. This provided great views of the desert area, the observatory, nearby Cerro Armazones and the Pacific Ocean. The ministers watched the opening of the telescopes before the start of the night's observations and enjoyed a spectacular view of the sunset from the platform. Later in the evening both ministers visited the control room and interacted with the astronomers observing with the Very Large Telescope. More information and download-options: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/ann13028a/ Credit: ESO

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          • Pan across new VLT image of NGC 2014 and NGC 2020

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            This pan video gives a close-up look at the two glowing gas clouds NGC 2014 and NGC 2020 in the Large Magellanic Cloud, in the southern constellation of Dorado (The Swordfish). NGC 2014 is irregularly shaped and red, while its neighbour, NGC 2020, is round and blue. These odd and very different gas clouds were both sculpted by powerful stellar winds from extremely hot newborn stars that also radiate into the gas, causing it to glow brightly. More information and download options: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1335b/ Credit: ESO. Music: John Dyson

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            • Zoom into NGC 2366

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              This video zooms from a view of the night sky into NGC 2366, a dwarf galaxy in the constellation of Camelopardalis (the Giraffe). The galaxy contains a bright region of star formation called NGC 2363, visible at the end of the zoom. Credit: NASA, ESA, Digitized Sky Survey 2, N. Risinger (skysurvey.org). Music: John Dyson (from the album Moonwind). More information and download-options: http://spacetelescope.org/videos/heic1207a/

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              • Pan across NGC 2366

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                The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has made detailed observations of the dwarf galaxy NGC 2366. While it lacks the elegant spiral arms of many larger galaxies, NGC 2366 is home to a bright, star-forming nebula and is close enough for astronomers to discern its individual stars. This video pans across Hubble’s observations of this galaxy. Credit: NASA, ESA. Music: John Dyson (from the album Moonwind). More information and download-options: http://spacetelescope.org/videos/heic1207b/

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                • ESOcast 55: The ALMA Inauguration

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                  The ALMA inauguration ESOcast. Share the excitement of the inauguration ceremony and contemplate the breathtaking images from ALMA itself and views of its unique environment in the Atacama Desert. This event marks the completion of all the major systems of the giant telescope and the formal transition from a construction project to a fully fledged observatory. ALMA is a partnership between Europe, North America and East Asia in cooperation with the Republic of Chile. More information and downlaod-options: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1312b/ Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO). Editing: Martin Kornmesser and Herbert Zodet. Web and technical support: Mathias André and Raquel Yumi Shida. Written by: Javier Perez Barbuzano and Herbert Zodet. Narration: Sara Mendes da Costa. Music: John Stanford (johnstanfordmusic.com). Footage and photos: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/NRAO/General Dynamics C4 Systems, ESO, Christoph Malin (christophmalin.com), L. Calçada, M. Kornmesser, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Directed by: Herbert Zodet. Executive producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen.)

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                  • Zooming in on the nearby brown dwarf Luhman 16B

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                    This video starts with a broad view of the entire sky and closes in on the southern constellation of Vela (The Sails). In the final sequence, among huge numbers of faint stars, a very faint double object appears. This is WISE J104915.57-531906.1AB, which is informally known as Luhman 16AB. It is a recently discovered pair of brown dwarfs only six light-years from the Sun. More information and download options: http://www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1404c/ Credit: ESO/I. Crossfield/N. Risinger (skysurvey.org)/Digitized Sky Survey 2 Music: movetwo

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                    • ESOcast 56: Gentle Giants in the Desert

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                      For our newest ESOcast, we pose this puzzle: how do you move a 100-tonne giant ALMA antenna 30 kilometres up onto the oxygen-starved Chajnantor Plateau, 5000 metres above sea level and finish the job with millimetre precision? Credits, download options and more information on http://www.eso.org/public/videos/esocast56a/

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