Field of Science


First Light

The ESO's new robotic telescope, TRAPPIST (TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope), has taken three spectacular first light images of the spiral galaxy Messier 83, globular cluster Omega Centauri and the Tarantula Nebula. The 60-cm TRAPPIST based at the La Silla Observatory in Chile will study planetary systems via the duel tasking of studying local comets and through the detection and characterization of exoplanets. -- Press Release

Spiral Galaxy Messier 83Credit: TRAPPIST/E. Jehin/ESO

Globular Cluster Omega Centauri Credit: TRAPPIST/E. Jehin/ESO

Tarantula NebulaCredit: TRAPPIST/E. Jehin/ESO