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ESO's first 50yrs exploring the southern skies

The official movie for ESO's 50th anniversary, Europe to the Stars, takes the viewer on a 58-minute journey behind the scenes at the most productive ground-based observatory of the world. Science, history, technology, people...

The movie captures the story of its epic adventure — a story of cosmic curiosity, courage and perseverance. The story of discovering a Universe of deep mysteries and hidden secrets. The story of designing, building and operating the most powerful ground-based telescopes on the planet.

The movie consists of eight chapters each focusing on an essential aspect of an observatory, while putting things in perspective and offering a broader view on how astronomy is made. From site testing and explaining the best conditions for observing the sky to how telescopes are built and what mysteries of the Universe astronomers are revealing.

The material is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.