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… Different cameras take different pictures of the same mountain, and some cameras (such as those not positioned in a place from which the mountain can be seen or those out of focus) do not show anything recognisable as a mountain when pointed in the direction of a mountain at all. Therefore mountains do not really exist 'out there'. However, mountains do exist. Similarly, it could be that in some abstract sense individual pieces of music really do exist (as presumably do mathematical theorems) and merely await a composer's realisation of their existence in acoustic form in some particular culture. - 03 August 1991 by BRIAN JOSEPHSON

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Header Image: Powerhouses (ESO/C. Malin.) The ESO Very Large Telescope consists of an array of four 8-metre telescopes which can work independently or in combined mode. In this latter mode the VLT provides the total light collecting power of a 16 meter single telescope. The telescopes may also be used in interferometric mode providing high resolution imaging.

News Page Background: Kegon no Taki by Ichiro Miyagawa

Contact Page Background: The Greater Dog from Paranal (ESO/Y. Beletsky) The bright star standing out on the top part of the image to the left is Sirius, the brightest star of the night sky. Sirius belongs to the constellation of Canis Major, or the Greater Dog, of which it represents the neck. In this image, other stars of the constellation are visible, with the dog’s head to the left of Sirius and the three, almost aligned stars to its right representing its hind leg. The other bright star, in the right part of the image, is Canopus, belonging to the constellation of Carina, the Keel.