Would you like a night-sky image on your wall, taken by the observatory above? Take part in our new astronomy competition!
The La Silla Observatory in Chile is part of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the world’s most most productive ground-based astronomical observatory. Supported by 15 member states, ESO carries out an ambitious programme focused on the design, construction and operation of powerful ground-based observing facilities, enabling astronomers to make important scientific discoveries. Its headquarters are in Munich, Germany, while its telescopes are all based in Chile.
It was at La Silla that this dramatic image was produced, using data obtained by the observatory’s Wide Field Imager.
It’s a photo of the swirling gas around a region of sky known as NGC 2264, and it forms the centrepiece of our new competition, run in association with ESO.
The image shows a region of space about 30 light-years across, and if you can successfully answer three questions about it, you will have an opportunity to win a large mounted version.
The picture that you could win should look good on your wall. It’s 2 feet wide and 2 feet 3 inches wide (60 cm x 68 cm) and it would normally retail at £100. It is being provided for the competition by ESO, who will post it direct to the winner.
The runner-up will receive an ESO polo shirt, and the third-placed entry an ESO mug, and all three will also receive an anniversary DVD, a set of stickers and a luggage tag. All the prizes are being generously donated by ESO to encourage interest in astronomy.