FINCA - Finnish Centre for Astronomy with ESO
FINCA practises and co-ordinates Finnish high quality research in fields of astronomy with European Southern Observatory (ESO) and promotes technological development work related to ESO. It participates in research training and promotes co-operation of Finnish universities in astronomy.
FINCA operates in the premises of Tuorla Observatory - the astronomy unit of the University of Turku. See 'About FINCA' for more information and maps how to reach the FINCA premises.
This web site serves as a platform for FINCA activities, a means of communication for FINCA community and Finnish astronomers working in fields related to ESO, and a publicity channel to promote the work done by FINCA and ESO and advertise their achievements in astronomical research. The Finnish FINCA pages are directed more to the general public, while the English pages are meant primarily for the scientific community.
ESO - European Southern Observatory
ESO is an inter-governmental organisation with 15 member states. It operates three world-class observing sites in Chile: La Silla, Paranal and Chajnantor. The four 8.2 metre VLT telescopes at Paranal make up the largest optical observing unit in the world when used in interferometric mode. The ESO headquarters are located in Garching, Germany.
28/05/2013: 'The Bird' in 15 years of VLT
FINCA Science Highlight
17/10/2013: International team of scientists, among them researchers from FINCA, shed new light on star death (more in Finnish)
28/05/2013: Results from FINCA researchers featured in the highlights of fifteen years of the Very Large Telescope
14/10/2013: On FINCA's course students use telescopes on La Palma from Tuorla. (more in Finnish)
19/04/2013: FINCA has hired two postdoctoral researchers.
18/04/2013: FINCA has published Annual report and Publication list for the year 2012
10/12/2013: E-ELT construction work to start
06/12/2013: Rob Ivison appointed as next ESO director for science
07/10/2013: ESO releases The Messenger No. 153