Corporate report

Introduction to the European Southern Observatory

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) is a scientific research organisation for astronomy.



STFC Introduction to ESO (PDF)

, 1 MB

If you cannot open or read this document, you can ask for a different format.

Request a different format

Email, telling us:

  • the name of the document
  • what format you need
  • any assistive technology you use (such as type of screen reader).

Find out about our approach to the accessibility of our website.


This factsheet describes the telescopes commissioned and operated by ESO, including VLT, VISTA and VST, ELT and ALMA, plus a suite of other smaller telescopes at its sites in Chile.

The STFC Business Opportunities team provides free assistance to UK companies to help them hear about and win contracts at ESO.

This is the website for UKRI: our seven research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. Let us know if you have feedback or would like to help improve our online products and services.