ESO is one of the world's leading research organisations. It is dedicated to astronomy and astrophysics, and operates the La Silla Paranal Observatory in the Atacama desert in Chile, on behalf of its thirteen member states.

ESO, the European Southern Observatory, builds and operates a suite of the world's most advanced ground-based astronomical telescopes.

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The Double Firing Burst
Astronomers from around the world combined data from ground- and space-based telescopes to paint a detailed portrait of the brightest explosion ever seen. The observations reveal that the jets of the gamma-ray burst called GRB 080319B were aimed almost directly at the Earth.


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