Hidden cosmic treasures

OBSERVATIONS MADE WITH the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) powerful ground-based telescopes are veritable treasures, stored in a huge archive usually only visited by professional astronomers on a mission.

And yet, an amateur astrophotographer from Russia managed to uncover a real gem from ESO’s Hidden Treasures, winning a trip to Chile to observe with the Very Large Telescope and take part in the observations.

How did he manage it? And could you do the same?

This podcast episode takes you behind the scenes of ESO’s Hidden Treasures competition and shows you how a group of determined and talented amateur astrophotographers managed to find and produce stunning astronomy pictures.

Adapted from information issued by ESO.

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