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ESO Science Announcements

Postdoctoral Researcher

Published: 16 Nov 2017

A postdoctoral position is available at ESO to work with Dr Glenn van de Ven on globular clusters as living fossils of the past of galaxies. This is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) through Consolidator Grant ArcheoDyn.

VPHAS+ Public Survey Updated Band-Merged Catalogue

Published: 13 Nov 2017

Six months of observations have been added to this catalogue release (DR3.2) from the ESO Public Survey VPHAS+ (VST Photometric H-alpha Survey of the Southern Galactic Plane and Bulge). Aperture-matched band measurements are derived from all calibrated images of sufficient quality that were acquired until 30 September 2015 under ESO Programme 177.D-3023(B,C,D,E, F, G, H). The current catalogue release covers about 1200 square degrees, which correspond to over half of the VPHAS+ footprint targeting the Southern Galactic Plane.

GASP Large Programme First Data Release

Published: 07 Nov 2017

The ESO Large Programme, GAs Stripping Phenomena in galaxies (GASP) with Principal Investigator, B.Poggianti, has released deep MUSE 3D cubes observed in wide-field mode and natural seeing plus ancillary products from all of the observations taken during the first three semesters of the programme (Periods 96–98).

LIGO-VIRGO Gravitational Wave: Public Release of ESO Follow-up Observations

Published: 17 Oct 2017

The detection of the Gravitational Wave by the LIGO-VIRGO observatory network, as well as a gamma-ray source, on 17 August 2017 has resulted in one of the largest Target of Opportunity campaigns at ESO. Observations with several La Silla Paranal Telescopes led to the discovery of the first electromagnetic counterpart of a Gravitational Wave event. In addition, the Observatory carried out mid-infrared imaging with NACO (in the L' band) and VISIR (at 8.9 microns), albeit no source was detected. ESO and several of the observing teams involved have now made their datasets from this event publicly available.

All NACO and VISIR raw images, as well as reduced data from VISIR are publicly available through the ESO Science Archive under programme ID 60.A-9392. The VISIR data release includes coadded images and error maps and is accompanied by a comprehensive description.

HAWK-I/GRAAL Science Verification: Call for Proposals

Published: 17 Oct 2017

GRAAL 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 HAWK-I instrument. Commissioning is proceeding and Science Verification is planned for January 2018, for which applications are invited. The call for proposals for HAWK-I/GRAAL can be found here.
The deadline for proposal submission is 31 October 2017, 18:00 CET.

The Messenger

The Messenger 169 is now available. Highlights include:

  • Comedador Frutos et al.: The Strategic Partnership between ESO and Australia
  • Patat et al.: Period 100: The Past, Present and Future of ESO Observing Programmes
  • Garufi et al.: Three Years of SPHERE: The Latest View of the Morphology and Evolution of Protoplanetary Discs
  • B. Husemann et al.: The Close AGN Reference Survey (CARS)
  • B. Venemans: ALMA Observations of  z ~ 7 Quasar Hosts: Massive Galaxies in Formation

You can subscribe to the hardcopy of The Messenger or browse the complete archive of issues.


The ESO Science Newsletter

The October 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.