Science Announcements

Discs in Galaxies

Published: 21 Jan 2016

Joint ESO, MPA, MPE, LMU, TUM and Excellence Cluster Universe Conference
ESO Headquarters, Garching, Germany, 11 – 15 July 2016

The aim of this conference is to explore the importance of stellar and gaseous discs in a variety of galaxies from high redshift to the Milky Way within the context of new observations and numerical simulations. Stellar and gaseous discs represent the most important structural component in normal galaxies and interpreting their early formation and destruction, via observations and numerical simulations, indicates the key processes that shape the eventual Hubble sequence.

Release of Emission Maps and Catalogues from the APEX ATLASGAL Survey

Published: 20 Jan 2016

The APEX Telescope Large Area Survey of the Galaxy (ATLASGAL) is an imaging survey covering 420 square degrees of the inner Galactic Plane at a wavelength of 870μm.The current release consists of emission maps covering the full area surveyed, available as 9 square degree tiles.

Final Data Release of zCOSMOS-bright Redshift Survey

Published: 20 Jan 2016

zCOSMOS (PI Simon Lilly, ESO Large Programme 175.A-0839) is a large redshift survey undertaken in the COSMOS field using the VIMOS spectrograph. About 600 hours were awarded to this Large Programme, which was executed between 2005 and 2010. This final release of zCOSMOS-bright includes 20689 1-d spectra.

VISIR Upgrade Science Verification

Published: 20 Jan 2016

A call for Science Verification (SV) of the upgraded VISIR was issued on 16 November 2015 (announcement) with a proposal deadline of 15 December 2015. The following modes were offered: Sparse Aperture Masking (SAM), coronography and burst readout mode. A total of 35 SV proposals, requesting in total about 62 hours, were received, with proposed observations covering a range of scientific topics.

ESO Working Group on the Future of Multi-Object Spectroscopy

Published: 20 Jan 2016

Following the prioritisation of the ESO science programme for the 2020s (Report in PDF) and the envisaged importance of highly-multiplexed spectroscopy for numerous scientific applications in the future, the ESO Director for Science, Rob Ivison, has established a Working Group to investigate the scientific case, synergistic opportunities and practical requirements for a dedicated ground-based wide field spectroscopic survey telescope in the 2020s. The Working Group is soliciting input from the community.

MUSE First Year Science and Beyond

Published: 18 Jan 2016

EWASS 2016, Athens, Greece, 4 – 8 July 2016

MUSE, the new VLT wide field (1‘×1‘) optical integral field spectrograph, was successfully commissioned in 2014. Thanks to its unrivaled 3D capabilities, MUSE has truly opened up exciting new perspectives in many different areas of observational astrophysics, changing the way complex questions are tackled over a broad range: including planetary nebulae, star forming regions, supernova remnants, stellar populations, local and distant galaxy kinematics, AGN physics and feedback, lensing, clusters and proto-clusters, and much more. This EWASS 2016 Symposium will cover the full range of topics tackled by MUSE observations.

Science with the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX2016)

Published: 18 Jan 2016

Schloss Ringberg, Tegernsee, Germany, 6 – 9 March 2016

The APEX 12 m submillimetre telescope has significantly contributed to a wide variety of astronomical science areas, ranging from the discoveries of new molecules to large and deep imaging of the submillimetre sky. Continuing on the success of the 2012 and 2014 Ringberg meetings devoted to APEX science, APEX2016 aims at presenting new science results and examining opportunities for the near future.

First Light for GRAVITY

Published: 13 Jan 2016

The first stage of commissioning of the new VLTI instrument GRAVITY has been completed with the successful combination of light from the four VLT Auxiliary Telescopes. During the commissioning, the Trapezium star cluster in Orion (M42) was observed and ϑ1 Orionis F was discovered to be a binary. See Release eso1601 for more details.

Period 97 Telescope Allocation

Published: 13 Jan 2016

The 97th Observing Programmes Committee (OPC) met on 17–19 November 2015. A total of 1093 (10-hour equivalent) nights of Visitor Mode and Service Mode observations were allocated on the VLT/VLTI, VISTA, VST, the 3.6-metre and NTT and APEX telescopes. The submission deadline for Phase 2 Service Mode observations is 4 February 2016; see separate announcement.

CRIRES+ Passes PDR and Optical FDR

Published: 17 Dec 2015

The Cryogenic high-resolution InfraRed Echelle Spectrograph (CRIRES) is currently undergoing a major upgrade led by ESO in collaboration with a consortium. The upgrade project (CRIRES+), which will significantly expand the scientific capabilities of CRIRES, recently achieved two major milestones: optical Final Design Review (FDR) in June 2015 and Preliminary Design Review (PDR) in September 2015. The current schedule foresees commissioning of CRIRES+ in Q1 2018.

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