25 episodes

ESOcast is a video podcast series dedicated to bringing you the latest news and research from ESO, the European Southern Observatory. Here we explore the Universe's ultimate frontier. The ESOcast HD is presented in High Definition.

ESOcast HD European Southern Observatory

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    • 4.8 • 37 Ratings

ESOcast is a video podcast series dedicated to bringing you the latest news and research from ESO, the European Southern Observatory. Here we explore the Universe's ultimate frontier. The ESOcast HD is presented in High Definition.

    • video
    Why Do We Even Need Big Telescopes? (ESOcast 241)

    Why Do We Even Need Big Telescopes? (ESOcast 241)

    Why do we aim for bigger and bigger telescopes, such as ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope currently under construction in Chile’s Atacama Desert? And how does the effort pay back, not only in terms of astronomical discoveries but also to the whole of society? Four special guests have answered these questions, so fasten your belt and get ready for a breathtaking discovery journey in the world of big telescopes!

    • 8 min
    • video
    Peeking at a Distant Moon-Forming Disc (ESOcast Light 240)

    Peeking at a Distant Moon-Forming Disc (ESOcast Light 240)

    Using ALMA, a team of astronomers have unambiguously detected a moon-forming disc around a distant planet for the first time. The planet is a Jupiter-like gas giant, hosted in a system still in the process of being formed. The result promises to shed new light on how moons and planets form in young stellar systems. This video summarises the discovery.

    • 1 min
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    Cosmic fireworks reveal newborn stars (ESOcast Light 239)

    Cosmic fireworks reveal newborn stars (ESOcast Light 239)

    A team of astronomers have released colourful new observations of nearby galaxies obtained with the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT) as part of the Physics at High Angular resolution in Nearby GalaxieS (PHANGS) project. By combining these new observations with data from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), in which ESO is a partner, the team is helping shed new light on what triggers stars to form. This ESOcast Light summarises the work.

    • 1 min
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    Who Turned off the Lights on Betelgeuse? (ESOcast 238 Light)

    Who Turned off the Lights on Betelgeuse? (ESOcast 238 Light)

    When Betelgeuse, a bright orange star in the constellation of Orion, became visibly darker in late 2019 and early 2020, the astronomy community was puzzled. A team of astronomers have now published new research done with ESO's Very Large Telescope and Very Large Telescope interferometer that solves the mystery of Betelgeuse's dimming. This ESOcast Light summarises the discovery.

    • 1 min
    • video
    Testbed Asteroid Hunter Sees First Light (ESOcast 237 Light)

    Testbed Asteroid Hunter Sees First Light (ESOcast 237 Light)

    Part of the world-wide effort to scan and identify potentially dangerous asteroids and other near-Earth objects, asteroid hunter Test-Bed Telescope 2 (TBT2), a European Space Agency telescope hosted at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile, has now started operating.

    • 1 min
    • video
    ESOcast 236 Light: First interstellar comet may be the most pristine ever found

    ESOcast 236 Light: First interstellar comet may be the most pristine ever found

    New observations with the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT) indicate that the rogue comet 2I/Borisov, which is only the second and most recently detected interstellar visitor to our Solar System, is one of the most pristine ever observed. This video summarises new findings on this mysterious alien visitor.

    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

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I have always been so interested in astronomy!!!!!🚀🛰🛸

Heart In Montana ,

For those who love astronomy.

Well made descriptions of the work and discoveries of some of the most amazing tools humans have ever built. I can’t wait to watch each new episode.

Veteran2014 ,

Scientific and Challenging

Interesting and educational. Need to fix the audio. Sometimes the episodes don't download.

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