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ESO Science Announcements

Discs in Galaxies

Published: 21 Jan 2016

Joint ESO, MPA, MPE, LMU, TUM and Excellence Cluster Universe Conference
ESO Headquarters, Garching, Germany, 11 – 15 July 2016

The aim of this conference is to explore the importance of stellar and gaseous discs in a variety of galaxies from high redshift to the Milky Way within the context of new observations and numerical simulations. Stellar and gaseous discs represent the most important structural component in normal galaxies and interpreting their early formation and destruction, via observations and numerical simulations, indicates the key processes that shape the eventual Hubble sequence.

Release of Emission Maps and Catalogues from the APEX ATLASGAL Survey

Published: 20 Jan 2016

The APEX Telescope Large Area Survey of the Galaxy (ATLASGAL) is an imaging survey covering 420 square degrees of the inner Galactic Plane at a wavelength of 870μm.The current release consists of emission maps covering the full area surveyed, available as 9 square degree tiles.

Final Data Release of zCOSMOS-bright Redshift Survey

Published: 20 Jan 2016

zCOSMOS (PI Simon Lilly, ESO Large Programme 175.A-0839) is a large redshift survey undertaken in the COSMOS field using the VIMOS spectrograph. About 600 hours were awarded to this Large Programme, which was executed between 2005 and 2010. This final release of zCOSMOS-bright includes 20689 1-d spectra.

VISIR Upgrade Science Verification

Published: 20 Jan 2016

A call for Science Verification (SV) of the upgraded VISIR was issued on 16 November 2015 (announcement) with a proposal deadline of 15 December 2015. The following modes were offered: Sparse Aperture Masking (SAM), coronography and burst readout mode. A total of 35 SV proposals, requesting in total about 62 hours, were received, with proposed observations covering a range of scientific topics.

ESO Working Group on the Future of Multi-Object Spectroscopy

Published: 20 Jan 2016

Following the prioritisation of the ESO science programme for the 2020s (Report in PDF) and the envisaged importance of highly-multiplexed spectroscopy for numerous scientific applications in the future, the ESO Director for Science, Rob Ivison, has established a Working Group to investigate the scientific case, synergistic opportunities and practical requirements for a dedicated ground-based wide field spectroscopic survey telescope in the 2020s. The Working Group is soliciting input from the community.

The Messenger

The Messenger No. 162 is now available. Highlights include:

  • M. Sterzik et al. The Scientific Return of VLT Programmes
  • G. Lo Curto et al. HARPS Gets New Fibres After 12 Years of Operations
  • F. Stoehr et al. ALMA Cycle 0 Publication Statistics
  • P. Weilbacher et al. The Central Orion Nebula (M42) as seen by MUSE
  • K. Ohnaka et al. Revealing the Complex Dynamics of the Atmospheres of Red Supergiants with VLTI

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The ESO Science Newsletter

The January 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.