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European Space Agency Calls Press Conference to Announce Unprecedented Discovery

ESO to reveal 'groundbreaking observations' that have 'never been witnessed before'

By: Jay Greenberg  |@NeonNettle
 on 12th October 2017 @ 12.02pm
eso say they have an  unprecedented discovery  to announce to the world © eso
ESO say they have an 'unprecedented discovery' to announce to the world

The European Southern Observatory has called a press conference saying it has an "unprecedented discovery" to announce to the world.

ESO says it has "made a revolutionary discovery never seen before in the Universe" as they prepare to "present groundbreaking observations of an astronomical phenomenon".

Scientists working at the observatory complex in Chile have witnessed an astronomical phenomenon that they claim will change the way we look at the universe forever.

The space agency isn't giving too much away at this point, other than to say they have evidence of a discovery that has "never been witnesses before" until now.

According to Daily Galaxy, the details of this discovery will be released next week  16 October 2017 at 16:00 CEST, at a press conference at  ESO Headquarters in Garching, Germany.

The event will be introduced from ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile by the Director General, Xavier Barcons, and will feature talks by representatives of many research groups around Europe.

The last time that astronomers unveiled a groundbreaking discovery of this nature was when NASA scientists witnessed the plumes on Enceladus and Europa as well as the epic announcement that LIGO (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) detected gravitational waves from merging black holes, ushering in a new era in astronomy, allowing us to see the "dark" universe as never before.

Speakers at the U.S. conference will include David Reitze, executive director at LIGO Laboratory/Caltech, Julie McEnery, Fermi Project Scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and Jo van den Brand, spokesperson for the Virgo Collaboration.

Whilst details of the discovery remain secretive ahead of the official announcement, a spokesman for ESO said the announcement will be the "biggest news revealed in most people's lifetime" and it will "change the way we think about our entire existence".

tags: Space | NASA

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