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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 Post-doctoral Fellowships

Published: 18 Aug 2016

ESO has a prominent post-doctoral 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.

IMPRS Astrophysics Studentships 2016

Published: 17 Aug 2016

If you wish to conduct a PhD in astronomy-astrophysics within one of the largest centres of astrophysical research in the world, which covers every subject from planets, stars, and galaxies to cosmology, you should seriously consider applying to the IMPRS studentship programme in Munich.

2017 ESO Calibration Workshop: The Second Generation VLT Instruments and Friends

Published: 03 Aug 2016

16–19 January 2017, ESO Vitacura, Santiago, Chile

A complete, consistent calibration plan for each data set, fulfilling quality control criteria, was recognized as a cornerstone of VLT operation. In 2007, ESO organized its first calibration workshop and ten years later the 2017 ESO Calibration Workshop will bring together astronomers and instrument scientists to share their experiences, engage in open discussions, challenge current limitations and develop creative concepts for better calibration in the future.

Data Release of X-shooter Spectra of 100 3.5 < z < 4.5 QSOs

Published: 31 Jul 2016

High-quality echelle spectra of a homogeneous sample of 100 QSOs with redshifts between 3.5 and 4.5, covering the spectral range from 315 to 2500 nm, have been obtained in the course of the ESO observing programme "Quasars and their absorption lines: a legacy survey of the high-redshift Universe with VLT/X-shooter" (Programme 189.A-0424; PI Sebastien Lopez). This dataset represents the largest spectroscopic survey of high-redshift QSOs with simultaneous rest-frame UV/optical coverage to date, enabling a wide range of research topics, including intergalactic medium, active galactic nuclei and cosmology (Lopez et al. 2016).

E-ELT News

Published: 07 Jul 2016

In June 2016, ESO Council decided to bring forward the first light of E-ELT Phase 1 from 2026 to 2024, even in the eventuality that Brazil does not join and a loan is required in the future to balance possible cash-flow.

The Messenger

The Messenger No. 164 is now available. Highlights include:

  • R. Arsenault et al. Adaptive Optics Facility Status Report: When First Light Is Produced Rather Than Captured
  • D. Asmus et al. Science Verification for the VISIR Upgrade
  • S. Randall et al. Pulsating Hot Subdwarfs in Omega Centauri
  • C. Adami et al. First Results from the XXL Survey and Associated Multi- wavelength Programmes
  • A. van der Wel et al. The LEGA-C Survey: The Physics of Galaxies 7 Gry Ago

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

The ESO Science Newsletter

The July 2016 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.