Science Announcements

Introducing the 2021 ESO Fellows

Published: 09 Apr 2021

The Offices for Science and the Astronomy Faculty are very pleased to present the 2021 ESO Fellows. Here is an introduction to the Fellows due to start in Germany and Chile later this year.

Fundamental Cosmology from the ELT and Space - 4th Azores School on Observational Cosmology

Published: 09 Apr 2021

The 4th Azores School on Observational Cosmology will take place in Angra do Heroísmo (Terceira Island, Portugal) from 6 to 12 September 2021. The school is jointly organized by CAUP/IA, ESO and University of Azores, and the topic for this edition will be 'Fundamental cosmology from the ELT and space'. Should the COVID-19 situation make an in-person school impossible in September, the school will be online.

New Spectra, Images, and Transient Catalog of the PESSTO Public Survey (DR4)

Published: 06 Apr 2021

A new release of the Public ESO Spectroscopic Survey for Transient Objects (PESSTO) is available, including spectra and images from its ePESSTO extension, and the delivery of a new transient catalogue, globally covering 7 years of observations, from April 2012 to April 2019, for a total of 45 GB. This new release brings to 2323 the number of observed supernovae and optical transients, with calibrated 1D spectra for 2314 of them, doubling the number of objects previously published (1168 in the previous version).   

Invitation to Contribute to the Astronet Science Vision and Infrastructure Roadmap

Published: 06 Apr 2021

Astronet is a consortium of European funding agencies, established for the purpose of providing advice on long-term planning and development of European Astronomy. Astronet is now developing a new Science Vision & Infrastructure Roadmap with an outlook for the next 20 years. A delivery date to European funding agencies of mid-2021 is anticipated. After some delays due to the global pandemic, the first drafts of the chapters for the document are now available from the Panels asked to draft them, and input by the Eurpean astronomy and space science community as possible is very welcome.   

First Data Released from the Project 'Investigating Stellar Population in Relics (INSPIRE)'

Published: 24 Mar 2021

The INSPIRE project is an ESO Large Programme (ID: 1104.B- 0370, PI: C. Spiniello) which uses X-Shooter (in UVB, VIS, NIR band) to spectroscopically follow up 52 red ultra Compact Massive Galaxies selected from the KiDS VST ESO Public Survey. The goals of INSPIRE (Spiniello et al. 2021aSpiniello et al. 2021b) are to obtain the first catalogue of spectroscopically confirmed relics in the redshift range 0.1<z<0.5, bridge the gap between the three local confirmed relics and the high-z red nuggets, and use the final statistic on confirmed relics to put a stringent constraint on the predictions from simulations on the initial burst of star formation in galaxies.

Second Data Release of the VISTA EXtension to Auxiliary Surveys (VEXAS)

Published: 23 Mar 2021

The VISTA EXtension to Auxiliary Surveys (VEXAS, Spiniello & Agnello, 2019, A&A, 630) project aims at building wide and spatially homogeneous multi-wavelength catalogues (from X- ray to radio) providing reference magnitudes, colors and morphological information for a large number of scientific uses. Currently the VEXAS catalogue is the widest and deepest public optical-to-IR photometric and spectroscopic database in the Southern Hemisphere, comprising more than 90 million objects with reliable photometry measured in at least one of the VISTA infrared bands, two of the WISE bands and three optical bands.

Virtual OPTICON Archival School Using ESO and ALMA Data

Published: 23 Mar 2021

The Virtual OPTICON Archival School Using ESO and ALMA Data will take place on 19 - 26 June 2021. In this school  the students will do a project using data available either in the ESO or ALMA archive, lead by an experienced tutor who will guide the students in retrieving, reducing and analysing the data. This school is mainly meant for PhD students, but also MSc students in the later stages of their studies and young postdocs can be considered.

ALMA Science Archive Remote Visualisation with CARTA

Published: 03 Mar 2021

The Cube Analysis and Rendering Tool for Astronomy (CARTA), a new image visualisation and analysis tool designed for ALMA, VLA, and SKA pathfinders, has been integrated into the ALMA Science Archive (ASA). Now all 500,000+ science FITS files in the ALMA archive can be previewed using CARTA (Cycle 0 excluded).

2021 Users Committee Meeting and Poll

Published: 03 Mar 2021

The Users Committee (UC) represents ESO's astronomical community at large and acts as an advisory body to the ESO Director General on matters related to the performance, scientific access, operation and user interfaces to the La Silla Paranal Observatory and ALMA. The annual meeting of the UC is scheduled on 27 and 28 April 2021. 

CRIRES+ Sees First Light on the Very Large Telescope and Is Now Offered for Period 108

Published: 03 Mar 2021

The installation of the upgraded CRIRES at the VLT, also known as CRIRES+, was completed in late February last year, with first light expected to happen shortly after. However, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the delay of the Commissioning for almost a year. With the ramping up of the Paranal Observatory in November 2020, the CRIRES instrument was reactivated on the 4th of December 2020 and the commissioning activities took place starting on January 18th, 2021 with 8 nights and February 18th with 6 nights. Due to the deadline for the call for proposals only the results of Commissioning 1 could be included and the instrument is offered during Period 108 with a subset of modes.

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