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ESO Science Announcements

ESO Post-doctoral Fellowships

Published: 20 Aug 2014

ESO has a prominent fellowship programme in both Garching (Germany) and Santiago (Chile), with a yearly application deadline (15 October). The goal of these fellowships is to offer outstanding early-career scientists the opportunity to further develop their independent research programmes in an exciting scientific environment with close contact to the activities and staff at ESO.

Satellites and Streams in Santiago

Published: 12 Aug 2014

ESO Workshop, Vitacura, Santiago, Chile, 13 – 17 April 2015

Satellite galaxies, streams and the star cluster – dwarf galaxy interface are inter-related. Galactic satellites and streams should be regarded together – satellites result from low-mass substructures while tidal streams trace the disruption of these substructures by the host's gravitational potential. Both contribute to the assembly of the host galaxy and provide a unique opportunity to test and improve our understanding of structure formation at small and large scales. This workshop aims to bring together experts from both fields to explore the bigger picture.

ESO in the 2020s

Published: 05 Aug 2014

ESO Workshop, ESO Headquarters, Garching, Germany, 19–23 January 2015

This workshop will provide a forum for discussion of the likely astronomical landscape in the 2020s - both core science and burning topics, in so far as these can ever be predicted. Flowing from these considerations, the community is invited to advise the ESO Executive with regard to future facilities, including, but not limited to, those at the existing optical/infrared observatories on La Silla and Paranal, at the sub-millimetre observatories APEX and ALMA on Chajnantor and at the European Extremely Large Telescope to be built on Cerro Armazones.

Ground and Space Observatories: A Joint Venture to Planetary Science

Published: 31 Jul 2014

ESO – ESA Workshop, ESO Vitacura, Santiago, Chile, 2–5 March 2015

Exploration of the Solar System and subsequent discoveries are made with planetary missions and ground-based observatories. These two means are complementary and are sometimes strategically linked, as in the case of the Deep Impact mission. During this workshop, the synergies between these two paths will be explored, with the aim to foster collaboration between both communities by sharing scientific and technical knowledge, needs, requirements, and techniques. The workshop will take advantage of the venue to showcase the current and future capabilities of ALMA for planetary science, and thereby encourage planetary scientists to use this facility.

MUSE Commissioning Data Available

Published: 29 Jul 2014

MUSE raw data from the first two commissioning runs at VLT UT4 in February and April-May 2014 have now been released. Selected astronomical targets were observed to demonstrate the capabilities of the instrument and optimize observing strategies and pipeline reduction.

The Messenger

The Messenger No. 156 is now available. Highlights include:

  • R. Dorn et al. Exploring the Cold Universe at High Spectral Resolution using CRIRES+
  • C. Martayan et al. The X-shooter Imaging Mode
  • A. Jones et al. An Advanced Scattered Moonlight Model
  • T. Wiklind et al. Combining ALMA with HST and VLT to Find the Counterparts of Submillimetre Galaxies
  • M. Lehnert et al. Report on the ESO/RadioNet Workshop "3D2014: Gas and Stars in Galaxies: A Multi-wavelength 3D Perspective"

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The ESO Science Newsletter

The July 2014 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.