Science Users Information

These pages are aimed at ESO community astronomers and contain all the information required in order to prepare, execute, process and exploit observations with ESO facilities. They also provide information on the scientific activities taking place at ESO. Details can be accessed via the navigation menu.


ESO Science Announcements

Update on Suspended ESO Operations due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Published: 08 May 2020

All ESO observatories continue to operate in safe mode and no science operations are taking place. As in April and May,  all Visitor Mode runs have also been cancelled for the first two weeks of June. An update will be posted on the La Silla Paranal Observatory news page as soon as ESO starts to ramp up and resume science observations. At present, no date has been set for the commencement of operations.

2020 ESO Studentships

Published: 08 May 2020

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, 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.

ESO Cosmic Duologues

Published: 07 May 2020

ESO is organising a web-based series of Cosmic Duologues aiming to cover the current state of some of the major questions in astronomy today in a lively way, via a duologue between two professional astronomers, each expert in their field. These events take place on Mondays at 15:30 CEST. The events are streamed live via YouTube and are open to all members of the scientific community. A list of the upcoming duologues, including information on how to access them will be provided on the dedicated website in due time. The next event on Intermediate Mass Black Holes (IMBH) will take place on Monday 11 May. Please see the event webpage for more details of the event.

Online Munich Joint Astrophysics Colloquia (JAC)

Published: 05 May 2020

The Munich Astrophysics Colloquium (JAC) series is jointly organised by ESO, the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestial Physics and the Observatory of the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich. JAC presentations cover the most exciting topics and developments in astrophysics. A video archive of presentations given in  2020 and 2019 is available and earlier presentations can be found through the ESO Garching Seminar Web page.

Update on Status of ALMA Cycles 7 and 8

Published: 03 May 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has continued to affect the global community, including ALMA users and staff. ALMA operations remain suspended, as announced on March 20. On behalf of the ALMA Director, with support from all Executives, a number of decisions were taken regarding the status of Cycle 7 and Cycle 8. Cycle 8 has been postponed until 2021 October. It is anticipated that the Cycle 8 Call for Proposals will open again in 2021 March. ALMA Cycle 7 will continue through 2021 September, with currently non-completed projects ranked A, B and C remaining in the observing queue.

The Messenger

The Messenger 179 is now available. Highlights include:

  • Rix: The 2018 Visiting Committee Report
  • Schmidtobreick et al.: NaCo — The Story of a Lifetime
  • Vernazza et al.: SPHERE Unveils the True Face of the Largest Main Belt Asteroids
  • Aravena et al.: ASPECS — An ALMA Large Programme Targeting the Hubble Ultra-Deep Field

You can subscribe to the hardcopy of The Messenger or browse the complete archive of issues. Subscribers to the print edition are asked to confirm their subscriptions and update their postal addresses. Please hold on to your envelope which contains your personalised confirmation code – see the back page of The Messenger 179 for further details.


The ESO Science Newsletter

The May 2020 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.