Science Users Information

These pages are aimed at ESO community astronomers and contain all the information required in order to prepare, execute, process and exploit observations with ESO facilities. They also provide information on the scientific activities taking place at ESO. Details can be accessed via the navigation menu.

ESO Science Announcements

Call for Ideas: Public Deep Field with MUSE

Published: 16 Nov 2015

The ESO Director General proposes to dedicate up to 60 nights of Directors Discretionary Time in four forthcoming observing periods to a Public Deep Field using MUSE. This project will be carried out towards the end of 2017 with enhanced seeing capabilities provided by GALACSI – the wide-field Ground Layer Adaptive Optics (GLAO) unit of the quad-laser Adaptive Optics Facility (AOF) on VLT UT4.

Science Verification for VISIR Upgrade

Published: 16 Nov 2015

An integral part of the commissioning of a new instrument at the VLT is the Science Verification (SV) phase. SV programmes include a set of typical scientific observations that should verify and demonstrate to the community the capabilities of the new instrument in the operational framework of the VLT Observatory. The VISIR Upgrade project includes new observing modes – Sparse Aperture Masking and Coronography, as well as the newly recommissioned Burst Mode. Applications for VISIR SV are invited.

ALMA Fellowships

Published: 15 Nov 2015

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is now offering postdoctoral fellowship positions to join the ALMA science operations group. Fellows will be based in the Santiago Central Office in Chile, with eventual shifts to the ALMA Operations Support Facility (OSF) near San Pedro de Atacama for real-time interaction with the telescope. Full details here.

Resolving Planet Formation in the Era of ALMA and Extreme AO

Published: 14 Nov 2015

Joint ESO, ALMA, NAOJ, NRAO Workshop:
ESO Vitacura, Santiago, Chile, 16–20 May 2016

Results from ALMA Long Baseline observations and from SPHERE, Gemini Planet Imager (GPI) and other high-contrast adaptive optics (AO) instruments have given a taste of what to expect over the next few years in the fields of protoplanetary and debris disks, and planet formation. For the first time observations of the regions where planets form are achievable. The workshop will discuss the state-of-the-art results, offering a panchromatic view, with a balance between observations and theory. Discussions will be scheduled on how facilities, such as JWST, E-ELT and TMT, and advances in modeling, will advance the field of planetary formation.

Access to Reduced Science Data via the Run Progress Report Pages

Published: 14 Nov 2015

The Run Progress Report web pages allow PIs and delegates to follow the progress of their Service Mode observations. Now they also indicate when pipeline-processed reduced data are available for download. These reduced data are automatically generated using certified master calibrations and appear within two months of the data acquisition. Please see the Run Progress Legend for more details on how to take advantage of this new service.

The Messenger

The Messenger No. 161 is now available. Highlights include:

  • M. Sarna, K. Stępień Astronomy in Poland
  • F. Primas et al. Shaping ESO 2020+ Together: Feedback from the Community Poll
  • P. Molaro et al. Simultaneous HARPS and HARPS-N observations of the Earth Transit of 2014 as seen from Jupiter: detection of an Inverse Rossiter-McLaughlin effect
  • J. Melendez et al. Using Solar Twins to Explore the Planet-Star Connection with Unparalleled Precision
  • S. Mieske et al. Report on the Workshop "Satellites and Streams in Santiago"

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The ESO Science Newsletter

The November 2015 issue is now available.

The ESO Science Newsletter, mailed approximately once per month, presents the most recent announcements. Subscription is controlled through the Manage Profile link on the User Portal. Back issues (2013-) are archived.