ESO, the European Southern Observatory, is the most scientifically productive observatory in the world. It provides astronomers and astrophysicists in Europe and around the world with state-of-the-art facilities for exploring the universe. In Chile, ESO operates three world-class observing sites in the Atacama Desert. Several medium-sized optical telescopes are located at La Silla, ESO’s first observatory. Further north, the Very Large Telescope (VLT) is located on the 2600-meter Cerro Paranal. The facility consists of four 8.2-meter telescopes, four auxiliary telescopes, the VST and VISTA telescopes, and is rightly called the Olympus of modern astronomy. The third site is the 5000 meter high Llano de Chajnantor. Here, ESO is a partner in the ALMA collaboration, which operates 66 radio telescopes on the high plateau. In addition, ESO is working on the construction of the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), the largest single telescope in the world, which will have a mirror diameter of 39 meters. The lecture presents ESO, its observatories and projects in numerous fascinating images.
About Dr Peter Habison
Space is his focus and passion: Peter Habison, astronomer, physicist and science historian, is Head of Science Communication of the European Southern Observatory ESO for Austria. Previously, he managed the Kuffner & Urania Observatory and the Planetarium of the City of Vienna for many years. He has published over 50 scientific and popular science papers, and in 2014 his book “Weltraum-Land Österreich Pioniere der Raumfahrt erzählen” (Space Country Austria Pioneers Tell Stories) was published.
Deep Space LIVE
High-resolution worlds of images in the format of 16 x 9 metres meet expert commentary. Deep Space LIVE stands for enlightening entertainment amidst impressive pictures. Further dates can be found at https://ars.electronica.art/center/programm/deep-space-live/
Deep Space 8K
The Ars Electronica Center offers its visitors something that is unique in the world: On a 16 x 9 meter wall projection and an equally large floor projection, the Deep Space can reproduce even the finest details of a picture motif thanks to its brilliant 8K resolution.