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The Messenger 114
December 2003


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Contents


Telescopes and Instrumentation


 

ALMA Groundbreaking Ceremony

2

A. Moorwood

CRIRES Takes Shape

5

R. Wilson

Addendum to The History and Development of the ESO Active Optics System

9

S. Bagnulo et al.

The UVES Paranal Observatory Project

10

D. Bonaccini et al.

Pushing Technologies: ESo Fibre Laser Development for Laser Guide-Star Adaptive Optics

15

M. Mayor et al.

Setting New Standard with HARPS

20

L. Germany

News From La Silla

25


Reports from Observers


A. Richichi & F. Paresce

Harvesting Scientific Results with the VLTI

26

J. Alves & N. Homeier

Our Own Starburst

36

R. Tuellmann et al.

Extraplanar Star Formation in NGC 55

39

ESO Press Release

Flares from the Direction of the Black Hole in the Galactic Centre

43

ESO Press Photo 31/03

Roses in the Southern Sky

44

B. Leibundgut et al.

Metrics to Measure ESO's Scientific Success

46


Other Astronomical News


G. Hau & D. Alloin

Report on the Topical Meeting "Resolved Stellar Populations"

50

P. Shaver

ESO-ESA Meeting "Cosmology and Fundamental Physics"

50

W. Brandner & M. Kasper

ESO Workshop on "Science with Adaptive Optics"

51

H.U. Kaeufl & A. Moorwood

ESO Workshop on "High Resolution Infrared Spectroscopy in Astronomy"

52

A. Renzini

ESO-USM-MPE Workshop on "Multiwavelength Mapping of Galaxy Formation and Evolution"

53

B. Mackowiak & R. West

Physics on Stage 3: Life and New Frontiers

56

Fellows at ESO

George Hau, Nuria Huelamo, Elena Mason & Markus Nielbock

57

Announcements (in PDF format)


Future ESO Workshop

Planetary Nebulae beyond the Milky Way

58

ESO Vacancy

Infrared astronomer, Head of the IR Instrumentation Dept

59

Personnel movements


59


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