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ESO Science Announcements

Commissioning of SPHERE

Published: 21 Oct 2014

The most recently installed instrument at Paranal, the ESO Planet-finder instrument SPHERE, underwent its last commissioning run during 05 – 15 October 2014. SPHERE saw first light on 04 May 2014 (see the Release) and was followed by three periods of commissioning in May, July and August 2014.

Move of X-shooter to UT2

Published: 21 Oct 2014

After a year at UT3, X-shooter was re-installed at UT2 earlier this month to make room for the re-commissioning and integration of VISIR on UT3, which will start next month. In spite of poor weather conditions, which delayed the precise measurement of the telescope focus for X-shooter, the long list of recommissioning tasks, were completed as planned, thanks to the efficient work of the science and engineering teams. Routine science operations with X-shooter have re-commenced.

HARPS Pipeline Processed Data Available Through Phase 3

Published: 21 Oct 2014

Pipeline processed HARPS echelle data are now available as Science Data Products via the Phase 3 spectral query form. The data consist of 1D spectra in the ESO/SDP format and the tar files containing unaltered output of the HARPS pipeline (DRS v. 3.5), as previously available.

Dissecting Galaxies Near and Far

Published: 21 Oct 2014

ESO Workshop, Vitacura, Santiago, Chile, 23–27 March 2015

Angular and spectral resolutions are fundamental limitations to our understanding of the properties of galaxies in the nearby and distant Universe. The advent of state-of-the-art facilities with high angular and spectral resolution capabilities coupled with high sensitivity, such as ALMA, allows the interstellar medium and star formation properties of galaxies at intermediate redshift to be probed in unprecedented detail, along with their counterparts in the local Universe.

ESO Period 95 Proposal Statistics

Published: 17 Oct 2014

The proposal submission for ESO Period 95 (1 April – 30 September 2015) closed on 01 October 2014. 931 proposals were received, including 17 Large Programme and 50 Target of Opportunity (ToO) proposals, for a total of 2428 nights.

The Messenger

The Messenger No. 157 is now available. Highlights include:

  • B. Lopez et al. An Overview of the MATISSE Instrument — Science, Concept and Current Status
  • R. Bacon et al. MUSE Commissioning
  • T. Morel et al. The B Fields in OB Stars (BOB) Survey
  • I. Smail, F. Walter. ALESS: An ALMA Survey of Submillimetre Galaxies in the Extended Chandra Deep Field South
  • W.-J. de Wit et al. Report on the Workshop "Herbig Ae/Be Stars: The Missing Link in Star Formation"

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

The ESO Science Newsletter

The October 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.