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ESO Science Announcements

MUSE Wide Field Mode Adaptive Optics Science Verification

Published: 18 May 2017

GALACSI is part of the Adaptive Optics Facility (AOF), and associated with the Deformable Secondary Mirror (DSM) and the 4 Laser Guide Star Facility (4LGSF). It defines an AO system developed to increase the performance of the MUSE instrument in Wide Field Mode, dubbed MUSE/AOF. Commissioning is proceeding and Science Verification is planned for August 2017, for which applications are invited.

Release of CO(2-1) Spectra from APEX Low-redshift Legacy Survey for MOlecular Gas

Published: 17 May 2017

The APEX Low-redshift Legacy Survey for MOlecular Gas ( ALLSMOG, PI J. Wagg) has observed the CO(2-1) line in a sample of 88 galaxies in the Local Universe (0.01 < z < 0.03). The ALLSMOG observations add information on cold molecular gas content of all sources in this sample and the spectra are available in the ALLSMOG Phase 3 release.

The New Web-based Phase 2 Tool

Published: 16 May 2017

A web-based replacement for the ESO Phase 2 observing preparation tool P2PP3, named p2, has been released. Starting from Period 99 (1 April 2017), p2 is being used for (designated) Visitor Mode observations at Paranal, with the exceptions of VIMOS and GRAVITY. The plan is to extend the tool to support Service Mode by the end of 2017.

Release of MUSE Deep 3D Data Cubes

Published: 15 May 2017

Deep 3D data cubes obtained with the Multi-Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) in the wide field mode have been released from early data acquired in June – August 2014, plus the initial two periods of MUSE operations, P94 and P95 (October 2014 through September 2015). These deep cubes are now published via the ESO Science Archive as reduced data.The MUSE-DEEP data collection contains 209 cubes.

GRAVITY Commissioning Data Released

Published: 14 May 2017

The VLTI instrument GRAVITY providing phase-referenced optical interferometry was first commissioned in 2016 and commissioning continues in 2017. Selected targets have been observed to demonstrate the capabilities of the instrument, develop observing strategies and optimize the data reduction pipeline. These commissioning data have now been released and are available.

The Messenger

The Messenger 167 is now available. Highlights include:

  • Stoehr F. et al. The ALMA Science Archive
  • Humphreys L. et al. ALMA Band 5 Science Verification
  • Kervella P. et al. The Nearby Evolved Star L2 Puppis as a Portrait of the Future Solar System
  • Spyromilio J. et al. Supernova 1987A at 30
  • Smette A. et al. — Report on the 2017 ESO Calibration Workshop: The Second-Generation VLT Instruments and Friends

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The ESO Science Newsletter

The May 2017 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.