Top 5 science results of the last 25 years – with the VLT | Chasing Starlight 1

The first episode of Chasing Starlight brings you the top 5 science breakthroughs made with ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT). The VLT is one of the most powerful optical telescopes on the planet and this year marks its 25th anniversary.

00:00 Introduction

01:41 Helping establish the accelerated expansion of the Universe

03:56 Observing first light from a gravitational-wave source

06:24 Studying interstellar objects

09:05 Taking the first image of an exoplanet

12:46 Confirming a supermassive compact object at the Milky Way's centre

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Directed by: Martin Wallner, Luis Calçada, Martin Kornmesser
Hosted by: Suzanna Randall
Written by: Suzanna Randall, Juan Carlos Muñoz Mateos, Jonas Enander
Editing: Martin Kornmesser
Videography: Angelos Tsaousis
Footage and photos: ESO,  ESO/L. Calçada, ESO/M. Kornmesser, ESO/M. Zamani, ESO/F. Kamphues, ESO/C. Malin, ESO/A.Tsaousis, ESO/GRAVITY, ESO/ERIS team, ESO/ R.Genzel and S. Gillessen, ESA/Hubble,, The Virgo collaboration/CCO 1.0, LIGO/T. Pyle , ESO/GRAVITY Collaboration, Nobel Prize Outreach.
Photo: Clément Morin, ESO/S. Guisard (, ESO/H.H.Heyer, Holger Motzkau, Wikipedia, MPE/GRAVITY team, ESO/GRAVITY Collaboration, ESO/H. Drass et al.
Music: Johan B. Monell (, Luis Calçada, videvo
Animations & Infographics:  Luis Calçada, Martin Kornmesser
Web and technical support: Gurvan Bazin and Raquel Yumi Shida
Scientific consultant: Mariya Lyubenova
Promotion: Oana Sandu
Filming Locations: ESO Supernova (

Produced by ESO, the European Southern Observatory (

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Release date:25 May 2023, 14:00
Related announcements:ann23010, ann23009
Duration:16 m 28 s
Frame rate:25 fps

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