Category: Telescopes and Instruments

Telescopes and Instruments

ESO 50th aniversary web-stream libe now!

A Day in the Life of ESO is live now! Watch it at: http://new.livestream.com/ESOAstronomy/ESO50 I will be giving a talk at 14:17 CEST. See you there.    

Lost a chance, maybe forever

Yesterday, while digging into more than 800 emails (already excluding spam) received during my summer vacation, I realized I have lost one of THE chances of my life. Scrolling down the list, searching for the most urgent things, I stumbled ...

Una serata assurda – An absurd evening

Just back from holidays. Many things happened, and maybe I'll find the time to report about a few of them. But the funniest, and at the same time the most frustrating one was a public talk I gave together with ...

A completely new experience

Many things happened since my last post here. One of them is that I got a new job. Well, yes, I'm still an astronomer, but after ten years of work as support astronomer in the Users Support Dept., I now ...

A walk into the desert

A view of the desert from Paranal's residencia This is now the 8th night of this run at the Very Large Telescope. I have been observing at Kueyen, the second 8.2m unit telescope (UT2 for friends). At the moment ...

Light Pollution: professional astronomers give a very bad example

Light pollution is a serious issue, and it does not affect only astronomers. If you wish to get a nice introduction on the subject, visit the wikipedia page; it contains lots of useful links and references to literature and web ...

The 42m E-ELT goes to Cerro Armazones – Chile!

ESO's Director General has just announced that the 42m E-ELT will be built on Cerro Armazones, Chile. For more details see the ESO press release.  This is some 30km away from Cerro Paranal. So, South America will host the largest ...

Early meetings. People who make things happen.

Like everyday, this morning I brought my little son to the kinder-garden. On the way I met Tim de Zeeuw, the Director General of ESO. From the window of my office I can see his and I had noticed he ...

My Grand Mother and Galileo

This is a somewhat unusual post when compared to my usual ones. In fact, today my Grand Mother Vittoria turns 100! She was born in Buia (Italy) on December 3rd, 1909. One hundred years ago, almost exactly 300 years after ...

November 30, 1609 – 2009

At last the memorable night has come. If the weather in Bavaria stays as is now, we might have the chance of repeating the observations of the moon exactly 400 years after Galileo's. Although Galileo has almost certainly observed the ...