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ESO Science Announcements

Fifth Gaia-ESO Data Release: the Catalogue with the Astrophysical Parameters for ~115,000 Stars

Published: 20 May 2022

Gaia-ESO is an ESO Public Spectroscopic Survey (under ESO Programme IDs: 188.B-3002, 193.B-0936, 197.B-1074; PIs: Gerry Gilmore & Sofia Randich) carried out with GIRAFFE and UVES on the VLT between 2012 and 2018. The survey targeted more than 100,000 stars, with 115,000 actually observed by the end of the survey. These stars are selected across all major components of the Milky Way, from halo to star-forming regions, with the goal of providing an homogeneous overview of their kinematics and elemental abundance distributions.

Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for Data Collections in the ESO Science Archive

Published: 09 May 2022

In order to increase the visibility and legacy value of data collections in the ESO Science Archive, Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) have been created for them. DOIs provide permanent and unique links to text, web pages and other digital resources, in this case astronomical data. They are an important component towards ESO's ambition of supporting Open Data principles and making data FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable). With time it is planned to extend the creation of DOIs to contributed datasets, e.g., to reflect the exact list of files used in a paper.

Director's Discretionary Time on OmegaCAM/VST in P109

Published: 09 May 2022

The VLT Survey Telescope (VST) is offered to the ESO community until the end of Period 109. ESO will accept Director's Discretionary Time proposals for OmegaCAM only until 15 August for observations to be conducted before end of September 2022.

Applications for ESO Studentships – First Annual Call

Published: 06 May 2022

The ESO research studentship programme provides an outstanding opportunity for PhD students to experience the exciting scientific environment at one of the world's leading observatories. ESO's studentship positions are open to students enrolled in a university PhD programme in astronomy or related fields. Students accepted into the programme work on their doctoral project under the formal supervision of their home university supervisor, but they come to ESO to work and study under the co-supervision of an ESO staff astronomer for a period of between one and two years.

Introducing the 2022 ESO Fellows

Published: 06 May 2022

The Offices for Science and the Astronomy Faculty are very pleased to present the 2022 ESO Fellows. Here is an introduction to the Fellows due to start in Germany and Chile later this year.

The Messenger

The Messenger 186 is now available. Highlights include:

• Bodensteiner, J., Heida, M., et al.: Detecting Stripped Stars While Searching for Quiescent Black Holes

• Hatziminaoglou, E. et al.: Redesigning the ALMA User Experience from End to End

• Gentile Fusillo, N.P., Ginolfi, M.: The ESO Summer Research Programme 2020 and 2021


The ESO Science Newsletter

The March 2022 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.