The Cosmic Bat

A little less well known than the Hubble and its gorgeous images is the ground based ESO.
ESO Stands for the European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere
ESO operates three unique world-class observing sites in the Atacama Desert region of Chile: La Silla, Paranal and Chajnantor. ESO’s first site is at La Silla, a 2400 m high mountain 600 km north of Santiago de Chile. It is equipped with several optical telescopes with mirror diameters of up to 3.6 metres. The 3.5-metre New Technology Telescope broke new ground for telescope engineering and design and was the first in the world to have a computer-controlled main mirror, a technology developed at ESO and now applied to most of the world’s current large telescopes. The ESO 3.6-metre telescope is now home to the world’s foremost extrasolar planet hunter: HARPS (High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher), a spectrograph with unrivalled precision.
ESO, thankfully, was not affected adversely by the recent Chilean Earthquake.
Anyway, if you like astronomy pictures a la the Hubble, signing up for ESO releases (or following them on Twitter or facebook) is another way to get your fix. For example, a release, today, from ESO is of a nebula in a neglected corner of the Orion Constellation: “The Cosmic Bat”