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

Call for New Public Surveys with VISTA

Published: 29 Jul 2015

Following a recommendation by ESO's Scientific and Technical Committee (STC), a call for Letters of Intent for new Public Surveys with VIRCAM mounted on VISTA has been released. A Public Survey is understood as an observing programme in which the investigators commit to produce and make publicly available, within a defined time, a fully reduced and scientifically usable dataset that is likely to answer one or more major scientific questions, be of general use and broad interest to the astronomical community.

Astrobiology and Planetary Atmospheres

Published: 29 Jul 2015

Joint ESO, Universidad de Chile, Universidad Andrés Bello Workshop:
ESO Vitacura, Santiago, Chile, 28 September – 02 October 2015

Astrobiology has become the meeting point for astronomers, biologists, geologists, and climatologists in solving the puzzle of how life originated in the Universe. Enormous progress has been made since the discovery of the first extra-solar planet (51 Peg b). The main aims of this workshop are: to bring together the major astrobiology groups; foster exchanges across all the major disciplines involved in the field of astrobiology, and in particular those working on climatology of Solar System planets; and include a strong parallel outreach programme.

ALMA Science Verification Data Release

Published: 28 Jul 2015

New ALMA Science Verification data have been released. The release consists of M100 observations of the CO(1-0) line in Band 3 with the 7-m Array and Total Power (TP) Array, along with an update of previously released 12-m data, demonstrating the ALMA Compact Array (ACA, 7-m and TP Arrays) and data combination capabilities.
SV observations of 3C 286 in Band 6 continuum, demonstrating ALMA's polarization capability, are also released.

ALMA Status Page

Published: 28 Jul 2015

The status of the current ALMA observations can be followed in real time from the ALMA science portal.
The array has been cycled through the most compact configurations and will remain in the C34-6/7 extended configuration (baselines to 1.5km) until the end of Cycle 2 (end of September). A status report about the Cycle 1 and 2 observations and news from extension and optimisation of capabilities will be posted soon on the ALMA science portal.

IMPRS Astrophysics Studentships for 2016

Published: 28 Jul 2015

If you wish to conduct a PhD in astronomy-astrophysics within one of the largest centres of astrophysical research in the world, which covers every subject from planets, stars, and galaxies to cosmology, you should seriously consider applying to the IMPRS studentship programme in Munich.

The Messenger

The Messenger No. 160 is now available. Highlights include:

  • C. Vlahakis et al. ALMA Extends to 15-kilometre Baselines: Submillimetre Science down to 20-Milliarcsecond Resolution
  • M. Gullieuszik et al. OmegaWINGS: A VST Survey of Nearby Galaxy Clusters
  • R. J. Smith et al. The SINFONI Nearby Elliptical Lens Locator Survey (SNELLS)
  • M. Rejkuba et al. Report on the ESO Workshop: Baryons at Low Densities: The Stellar Halos around Galaxies
  • C. Vlahakis Report on the ESO Workshop: Dissecting Galaxies Near and Far
  • You can subscribe to the hardcopy of The Messenger or browse the complete archive of issues.


    The ESO Science Newsletter

    The July 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.