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

ESO Period 96 Proposal Statistics

Published: 25 Apr 2015

The proposal submission for ESO Period 96 (1 October 2015 – 31 March 2016) closed on 26 March 2015. 958 proposals were received, including 27 Large Programme and 46 Target of Opportunity proposals, for a total of 2450 nights. This is some 30 proposals more than last period, but for a similar number of nights.

Paranal Infrastructure Projects

Published: 24 Apr 2015

Two large infrastructure projects are currently taking place on Paranal. The combined Coudé room that will merge the light from the incoherent foci of the VLT is being prepared for the arrival of ESPRESSO. The other project concerns the preparation of the infrastructure of the VLT Interferometer (VLTI) for the arrival of the second generation instruments GRAVITY and MATISSE.

Data Format Specification for APEX Sub-millimetre Sky Maps and LESS Phase 3 Data Release

Published: 24 Apr 2015

Phase 3 allows users to return their reduced data for publication via the ESO Science Archive Facility. The Phase 3 data format specifications and Phase 3 validator have now been extended to astrometrically registered and flux calibrated sky maps in the submillimetre domain. This format is relevant to the Phase 3 data release for the LESS extra-galactic submillimetre survey.

Response to USD User Satisfaction Survey

Published: 24 Apr 2015

The User Support Department (USD) would like to thank all those Principal Investigators and their Phase 2 delegates who filled in the on-line User Satisfaction Survey. As of mid-March 2015, 140 responses were received from our targeted campaign. We have contacted, where possible, those respondents who provided detailed comments. A summary report of the latest User Satisfaction Survey is now available.

New Spectroscopic Pipelines for FORS and MUSE

Published: 23 Apr 2015

New versions of the available science pipelines have been have been released and are available here. The FORS pipeline has been upgraded and results in substantially improved extracted spectra compared to previous versions. The MUSE pipeline now comes with an ESO Reflex workflow that includes a python script for alignment of individual datasets, an essential step for deep exposures.

The Messenger

The Messenger No. 159 is now available. Highlights include:

  • B. Leibundgut et al. SPHERE Science Verification
  • H.-U. Käufl et al. The Return of the Mid-infrared to the VLT: News from the VISIR Upgrade
  • S. Ertel et al. An Unbiased Near-infrared Interferometric Survey for Hot Exozodiacal Dust
  • S. Clark et al. An Astrophysical Laboratory: Understanding and Exploiting the Young Massive Cluster Westerlund 1
  • H. Boffin et al. Report on the ESO Workshop ''Astronomy at High Angular Resolution''

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


The ESO Science Newsletter

The April 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.