The Messenger Astronomical News
Celebrating 25 Years of Remarkable Science and Engineering with the VLT
No. 191 (September 2023), 47–49
Twenty-five years ago, on 25 May 1998, a significant milestone was reached for ESO and for European astronomy as the Very Large Telescope (VLT) captured its first images. On the occasion of its first light, the 8-metre Unit Telescope UT1 offered impressive images of our Universe. These included a successful tracking test in the globular cluster Omega Centauri, detailed images of the central region of another globular cluster, Messier 4, the fine structure of the Butterfly Nebula, high-velocity ejecta near Eta Carinae, and a captivating picture showcasing stars, dust, and gas in Centaurus A.
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de Gregorio-Monsalvo, I., Hilker, M., Leibundgut, B.; Celebrating 25 Years of Remarkable Science and Engineering with the VLT. The Messenger 191 (September 2023): 47–49. https://doi.org/10.18727/0722-6691/5342