David Hockney: Woldgate woods November 2006. Described by some as childlike and repetitive, I went to see the Hockney exhibition at the RA - I thought it was inspirational and full of optimism (which in our austere times of cutbacks was gratefully received)
The European Southern Observatory (ESO) was created 50 years ago, in 1962. In this gallery, we look at some of the most spectacular deep space images captured by ESO's telescopes in northern Chile. These include the New Technology Telescope (NTT), the Very Large Telescope (VLT), the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) and the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT).
This image, taken with the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 on board the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows the galaxy NGC 6052, located around 230 million light-years away in the constellation of Hercules. It would be reasonable to think of this as a single abnormal galaxy, and it was originally classified as such. However, it is in fact a “new” galaxy in the process of forming. Two separate galaxies have been gradually drawn together, attracted by gravity, and have collided.