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

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.

Phase 2 for Observing Period 98

Published: 06 Jul 2016

With the release of the telescope schedule, preparation of Service Mode (SM) observations (Phase 2) starts. The deadline for the submission of the Phase 2 material for Period 98 observations is 4 August 2016.

Period 98 Telescope Allocation

Published: 06 Jul 2016

The 98th Observing Programmes Committee (OPC) met on 18–20 May 2016. A total of 1140 (8-hour equivalent) nights of Visitor Mode and Service Mode observations were allocated on the VLT/VLTI, VISTA, VST, the 3.6-metre and NTT and APEX telescopes. Of these, 165 nights were allocated to filler programmes. The submission deadline for Phase 2 Service Mode observations is 4 August 2016; see separate announcement.

VLT Adaptive Optics Community Days

Published: 02 Jul 2016

20–21 September 2016, ESO Headquarters, Garching, Germany

ESO is considering building an adaptive optics (AO) instrument to make best use of the Adaptive Optics Facility (AOF) which is being commissioned during the coming years. The first AO Community Days are an opportunity to discuss the science cases of future AO instrumentation at ESO with a goal of developing the case for a future VLT instrument to become operational before 2025.

Removal of Sky Residuals from MUSE Data Cubes

Published: 01 Jul 2016

The MUSE processed data cubes downloaded from the ESO Science Archive Facility (see announcement) are sky subtracted but may still include residuals of sky emission lines redward of λ > 7000Å. These residuals can be further reduced using a dedicated ESO Reflex interactive workflow, to be applied directly to the MUSE science data products.

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.