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30 May 2017

A new era of astronomy: Construction of the 39m Extremely Large Telescope dome & main structure officially starts

On Friday 26th May 2017, a major milestone in construction of the world’s largest visible and infrared telescope, the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), was reached.

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18 December 2015

Stargazing Oxford Photo Compeition 2016: Entries Open!

Hello everyone! I'm sure you're all looking forward to the Holidays, and so are we in Oxford Astrophysics. But we're also thinking ahead to the New Year and there's plenty to be excited about! Stargazing Oxford returns on the 16th of January, and with it our annual Astrophotography competition. You can see last year's winners here.

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28 April 2015

Hubble at 25

Researcher in astronomy instrumentation, Dr Sarah Kendrew, tells the story of the Hubble Space Telescope's magnificent 25 years:

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27 January 2015

Stargazing Oxford 2015 Photo Competition - The Winners

It is my great pleasure to announce the winners of this year's Stargazing Oxford astrophotography competition. As always, the standard of entries was very high, so congratulations to everyone who took part. The photo display will remain up in our building during the next Stargazing Oxford event on 21st March, so if you missed it last time you'll have another chance to take a look.Thanks are due to previous winners Mel Gigg and Maciej Winiarczyk, who kindly agreed to judge the competition for us this year.

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18 December 2014

Stargazing Oxford 2015 Photo Competition

Hello everyone! I'm sure you're all looking forward to the Christmas holiday, and so are we in Oxford Astrophysics. But we're also thinking ahead to the New Year and there's plenty to be excited about. Stargazing Oxford returns on the 17th of January, and with it our annual Astrophotography competition.

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23 October 2014

Rosetta Mission Excitement Builds

Recently, Chris North from Cardiff University and The Sky at Night, sat down with Alan Fitzsimmons, from Queen's University Belfast and Oxford's own PhD student Becky Smethurst to discuss the excitement surrounding the Rosetta Mission, which is set to land on Comet 67P on November 12th 2014.

Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-RMHfwa5zo

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02 September 2014

Could we detect life... on Earth?

What might Earth look like to an alien living 10 light years away? We're assuming he or she has access to a decent space telescope, of course.

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06 August 2014

Rosetta and the Rubber Ducky: arrival at comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Today, August 6th 2014, marks a significant milestone in European exploration of our solar system. After a 10-year, 6 billion-kilometre journey, the European Space Agency Rosetta spacecraft achieved a successful rendezvous with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. At 10 am this morning, Rosetta fired its rockets and altered its trajectory to go into a series of triangular passes around the comet. During these passes, data will be gathered that allow mission scientists to decide on an appropriate site for the Philae lander, due to harpoon itself to the comet in November.

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07 July 2014

BOOM! The European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) project starts with a blast!

On Thursday 19th June 2014 at ~18:45 BST, an explosion high in the Atacama desert in Northern Chile marked the beginning of construction of what will be the largest optical & infrared telescope in the World. The European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), built by the European Southern Observatory (ESO), will be sited at a high and dry peak on Cerro Armazones, some 20 km away from ESO's Paranal Observatory.

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02 July 2014

Prize-winning research leads to cool science

This blog post was contributed by Prof. Patrick Roche, reporting from Geneva:

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