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European Southern Observatory

Observatoire européen austral - ESO

Last modified: 2023-06-03 by zachary harden
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[Flag of ESO]
image by Zoltan Horvath, 19 December 2013

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European Southern Observatory (Observatoire européen austral in French) has been presented on FOTW-ws.
An overview based on information provided by ESO:
The European Southern Observatory is the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation in Europe and the world's most productive astronomical observatory. ESO provides state-of-the-art research facilities to astronomers and is supported by its 15 member states: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
ESO's main mission is to provide state-of-the-art research facilities to astronomers and astrophysicists, allowing them to conduct front-line science in the best conditions. By building and operating a suite of the world's most powerful ground-based astronomical telescopes enabling important scientific discoveries, ESO offers numerous possibilities for technology spin-off and transfer, together with high technology contract opportunities and is a dramatic showcase for European industry.
Whilst the Headquarters are located in Garching near Munich, Germany, ESO operates, in addition to the Santiago Centre, three unique observing sites in Chile: La Silla, Paranal and Chajnantor.
Zoltan Horvath, 19 December 2013

The Flag

It seems ESO has a new flag, which has a light blue field charged with ESO new logo in a white frame. The logo is abbreviation of the organization, and stars of Southern Cross placed around the letters.
Flag can be seen at ISO website:
Zoltan Horvath, 19 December 2013

Previous Flag

[Flag of ESO]
Flag of ESO - Image by Pascal Vagnat, 5 February 1998

The flag of the European Organization for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (European Southern Observatory) is in proportion 5:7, blue with a thin white horizontal stripe near the upper edge of the flag, but not touching it, and the Southern Cross, placed near the hoist and made of four four-pointed stars.
Source: Bundesblatt für die Republik Österreich, OE 12/07/79
Pascal Vagnat, 5 February 1998