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SOLAR SCIENCE
View the 2019 solar eclipse from La Silla Observatory
by Staff Writers
Garching, Germany (SPX) Nov 14, 2017


File image of La Silla observatory area.

On 2 July 2019 a total solar eclipse will shroud ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile in darkness. To celebrate this momentous event, ESO is inviting the general public to witness it at the observatory!

Only 700 tickets will be available in the ESOshop from 22 November 2017 on a first-come, first-served basis. The tickets will be 200 euros each, and will include transportation from the base of the mountain to ESO's La Silla Observatory and a guided visit of the observatory. More information on tickets and the event will be released on the first day of ticket sales. To be one of the first to learn when tickets are available, sign up for the ESOnews here.

This will be the only total solar eclipse visible from an ESO observatory for the next 212 years - making the eclipse in 2019 an exciting opportunity.

In addition to the solar eclipse, 2019 marks 50 years since the La Silla Observatory began operations. The La Silla Observatory is located at the outskirts of the Chilean Atacama Desert, 600 km north of Santiago de Chile and at an altitude of 2400 metres. Today, ESO operates two of the most productive 4-metre class telescopes in the world at La Silla: the 3.58-metre New Technology Telescope (NTT) and the ESO 3.6-metre telescope.

2019 is also an important year for the field of astronomy as it is the 100th anniversary of both the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the Eddington expedition, a scientific mission during another total solar eclipse that confirmed Einstein's general theory of relativity.

Research Report: Tickets available in the ESOshop from 22 November 2017 on a first-come, first-served basis here

SOLAR SCIENCE
How scientists used NASA data to predict the corona of the Aug. 21 Total Solar Eclipse
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
When the total solar eclipse swept across the United States on Aug. 21, 2017, NASA satellites captured a diverse set of images from space. But days before the eclipse, some NASA satellites also enabled scientists to predict what the corona - the Sun's outer atmosphere - would look like during the eclipse, from the ground. In addition to offering a case study to test our predictive abilities, the ... read more

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