December 6th marked the inauguration of the ESO's survey telescope - the VST, which was built and commissioned thanks to the collaborative efforts between ESO and the INAF–Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte, Naples, Italy. The inauguration was held at the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) Observatory of Capodimonte, in Naples, Italy and was attended by key figures from both organizations, including the mayor of Naples. During the ceremony, ESO released one of the most detailed and imporessive images of the Carina Nebula taken so far. The Carina Nebula was of particular interest to the president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, who visited ESO's site at Paranal earlier this year and assisted in taking one of the images of the nebula that were later combined to produce the final image.
The VST telescope is equipped with a wide-field imaging instrument called OmegaCAM, which is used to capture not only the Carina Nebula, but produce other scientifically important astronomical surveys like the Kilo-Degree Survey (KiDS). OmegaCEN was a partner in the design and building of the OmegaCAM instrument and is currently involved with all aspects of the data handling for the KiDS survey production from data processing and quality control to the archiving of the survey on the Target testbed and providing user access via the Astro-WISE system.
To read more about the photo release by ESO, visit their website here.
ESO's photo release
VST Surveys (including KiDS)
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