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ESO Science Announcements

Data Reduction Pipelines Distributed as RPM Packages

Published: 29 Aug 2015

ESO has started to distribute the instrument data reduction pipelines as RPM packages. Following the release in April 2015 of pipelines with MacPorts, RPM packages are now available for Linux users. RPM and MacPorts distributions should make the installation of pipeline software easier and less prone to errors.

New GIRAFFE Spectral Resolutions Characterised For All Settings

Published: 26 Aug 2015

As announced in February 2015, the FLAMES GIRAFFE focusing procedure has been updated, resulting in significant improvement to the spectral resolution of the instrument. The spectral resolution characterisation has been completed for all grating settings and the new resolving powers are listed under the FLAMES News.

GRAVITY Under Integration on Paranal

Published: 26 Aug 2015

The VLTI 2nd generation instrument GRAVITY provides a four way beam combination facility with laser metrology for micro-arcsecond astrometry and high resolution imaging and spectroscopy in the K-band, described in Eisenhauer et al 2011. The instrument has been shipped to Paranal and is undergoing testing in the integration lab. Laboratory fringes were achieved in July 2015 and the instrument will be installed in the VLTI combined laboratory later this year. More details here.

New Data Release of VVV Photometric Catalogues

Published: 25 Aug 2015

The VISTA Public Survey VISTA Variables in the Via Lactea (VVV) is a wide area (562 sq.degrees), near-infrared, multi-epoch imaging survey of the Milky Way Bulge and Disk. The initial survey in the five broadband filters Z, Y, J, H, Ks is followed by extensive multi-epoch observations in the Ks-band. This new release consists of three high level photometric catalogues superseding the previous release.

ESO Post-doctoral Fellowships

Published: 18 Aug 2015

ESO has a prominent fellowship programme in both Garching (Germany) and Santiago (Chile), with a yearly application deadline (15 October). The goal of these fellowships is to offer outstanding early-career scientists the opportunity to further develop their independent research programmes in an exciting scientific environment with close contact to the activities and staff at ESO.

The Messenger

The Messenger No. 160 is now available. Highlights include:

  • C. Vlahakis et al. ALMA Extends to 15-kilometre Baselines: Submillimetre Science down to 20-Milliarcsecond Resolution
  • M. Gullieuszik et al. OmegaWINGS: A VST Survey of Nearby Galaxy Clusters
  • R. J. Smith et al. The SINFONI Nearby Elliptical Lens Locator Survey (SNELLS)
  • M. Rejkuba et al. Report on the ESO Workshop: Baryons at Low Densities: The Stellar Halos around Galaxies
  • C. Vlahakis Report on the ESO Workshop: Dissecting Galaxies Near and Far
  • You can subscribe to the hardcopy of The Messenger or browse the complete archive of issues.


    The ESO Science Newsletter

    The July 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.