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ESO Science Announcements

Rainbows on the Southern Sky: Science and Legacy Value of the ESO Public Surveys and Large Programmes

Published: 14 Apr 2015

ESO Workshop, Garching, Germany, 5 – 9 October 2015

Since the start of VLT science operations, about 15% of science time has been allocated to Large Programmes. In the last five years, the ESO Public Surveys on VISTA, VST, VLT and NTT, have vastly increased the public data delivered by La Silla Paranal telescopes. The scientific research of these Programmes and Surveys covers all areas of observational astronomy. This workshop will focus on the scientific results achieved through these programmes and the potential for enhanced exploitation of the archival data.

The Solar System as Seen by the ELTs

Published: 13 Apr 2015

ESO Workshop, Garching, Germany, 30 November – 4 December 2015

The objective of this workshop is to prepare that part of the community interested in Solar System research for making the best use of the Extremely Large Telescopes (ELTs). In complement to many successful space planetary missions, ground-based observations are still essential for understanding the physico-chemical properties of Solar System objects.

Call for ALMA Proposals for Cycle 3

Published: 28 Mar 2015

The ALMA Director, on behalf of the Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO) and the partner organizations in East Asia, Europe, and North America, announces the ALMA Early Science Cycle 3 Call for Proposals for scientific observations that will be scheduled from October 2015 to September 2016. ALMA capabilities added for Cycle 3 include Band 10, and baselines up to 10 km for Bands 3, 4 and 6. The proposal submission deadline is 15:00 UT on 23 April 2015.

ESO Public Spectroscopic Surveys with ARO Telescopes

Published: 28 Mar 2015

ESO is offering the possibility of conducting Public Spectroscopic Surveys using the telescopes of the Arizona Radio Observatory, as part of an agreement with the University of Arizona. Public Surveys are observing programmes for which proposers collect and make publicly available, within a defined time, a fully reduced and scientifically usable data set that is likely to answer a major scientific question, and be of general use and broad interest to the astronomical community. The deadline for submitting Public Surveys proposals with the ESO ARO time is 17 April 2015.

Temporary Unavailability of NACO

Published: 27 Mar 2015

Since 20 March, NACO has been unavailable on VLT Unit Telescope 1. The mechanism that controls the camera objectives suffered a connection failure and CONICA had to be warmed up in order for the problem to be fixed. Since another intervention is also planned for early April to reduce the cryostat background noise (through improved thermal shielding), NACO will only be returned to science operations after mid-April. Please check the instrument news for updates.

The Messenger

The Messenger No. 159 is now available. Highlights include:

  • B. Leibundgut et al. SPHERE Science Verification
  • H.-U. Käufl et al. The Return of the Mid-infrared to the VLT: News from the VISIR Upgrade
  • S. Ertel et al. An Unbiased Near-infrared Interferometric Survey for Hot Exozodiacal Dust
  • S. Clark et al. An Astrophysical Laboratory: Understanding and Exploiting the Young Massive Cluster Westerlund 1
  • H. Boffin et al. Report on the ESO Workshop ''Astronomy at High Angular Resolution''

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


The ESO Science Newsletter

The March 2015 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.