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 SPHERE Science Verification Proposals

Published: 19 Sep 2014

The Science Verification (SV) for the Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch instrument (SPHERE) will take place on the nights of 1–11 December 2014. All community astronomers are kindly invited to participate in this opportunity to obtain early science with SPHERE and thus to demonstrate the scientific capabilities of this extreme adaptive optics instrument.

MUSE Science Verification and Commissioning Data

Published: 18 Sep 2014

The Science Verification (SV) for MUSE consisted of two observing runs (20–29 June and 18–24 August 2014). Forty four programmes were fully completed and another three received partial data. All data are publicly available through the MUSE SV webpage.
Additional to the previous announcement, data from all three MUSE commissioning runs (February, April – May and 25 July – 03 August 2014) are now available for download together with calibration files.

ESO in the 2020s

Published: 18 Sep 2014

ESO Workshop, ESO Headquarters, Garching, Germany, 19–23 January 2015

This workshop will provide a forum for discussion of the likely astronomical landscape in the 2020s - both core science and burning topics, in so far as these can ever be predicted. Flowing from these considerations, the community is invited to advise the ESO Executive with regard to future facilities, including, but not limited to, those at the existing optical/infrared observatories on La Silla and Paranal, at the sub-millimetre observatories APEX and ALMA on Chajnantor and at the European Extremely Large Telescope to be built on Cerro Armazones.

Availability of Science Grade UVES and X-shooter 1D Spectral Data Products

Published: 17 Sep 2014

Science-grade 1D spectral data products for UVES ECHELLE point source mode (with or without image slicer) and X-shooter ECHELLE SLIT (not IFU) mode are available via the Science Archive Facility. They cover the entire operational life of the respective instruments. New products are added, typically with a monthly cadence, as new observations are executed. PIs and their data delegates can exercise their privileged access during the proprietary period to download these science-grade 1D spectra, as they already can for raw data.

Frequently Asked Questions on Data Reduction

Published: 17 Sep 2014

An extended set of FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) on data reduction is available. The FAQs cover general questions, on Reflex and Gasgano and grouped by VLT and VLTI instruments. Specific requests for help should be directed to the User Support Department.

The Messenger

The Messenger No. 156 is now available. Highlights include:

  • R. Dorn et al. Exploring the Cold Universe at High Spectral Resolution using CRIRES+
  • C. Martayan et al. The X-shooter Imaging Mode
  • A. Jones et al. An Advanced Scattered Moonlight Model
  • T. Wiklind et al. Combining ALMA with HST and VLT to Find the Counterparts of Submillimetre Galaxies
  • M. Lehnert et al. Report on the ESO/RadioNet Workshop "3D2014: Gas and Stars in Galaxies: A Multi-wavelength 3D Perspective"

You can subscribe to the hardcopy of The Messenger or browse the complete archive of issues.

The ESO Science Newsletter

The August 2014 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.