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ESO Outreach Community Newsletter March 2013
ESO — Reaching New Heights in Astronomy
ESO Outreach Community Newsletter
March 2013

Dear Fellow Communicators,

March is ALMA month for us! On 13 March the largest astronomical project in existence will be inaugurated in Chile and we invite you to watch the event live here. The live stream will be made available on the day from the observatory’s Operations Support Facility, at an altitude of 2900 metres in the Chilean Andes. The stream of the day’s events will run from 14:30 UT to around 16:00 UT. We look forward to welcoming between 100 and 150 journalists on site. An exciting challenge involving complex logistics and thorough health checks before the visit to the Chajnantor Plateau, which is located at 5000 metres above sea level!

In the meantime, together with our ALMA partners, we have made a series of outreach products about ALMA available:

This month we have also sent out the first edition of the new ESO Science Newsletter. Formerly known as the ESO Electronic Newsletter (enews), the newsletter is now produced in html format, with integrated images, while keeping the great science news that it has always delivered to the scientific community. If you are interested in the latest news about instruments, calibrations and the archive, you can subscribe via the link at the left top corner of the Newsletter.

Let’s reach new heights in astronomy together,

Lars Lindberg Christensen (
Head, ESO education and Public Outreach Department (ePOD)

  ESO Announcements

In Search of Our Cosmic Origins Photo Book Released

13 March 2013: The biggest astronomy project in the world, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), will very likely make rivers of ink run in science journals around the world very soon ...

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New Brochure Details ALMA’s Construction

13 March 2013: To mark the inauguration of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), the ALMA partner organisations have produced a brochure explaining how scientists and engineers from Europe, North America and ...

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The Atacama Elders' Vision of the Cosmos

13 March 2013: While the construction of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) on the Chajnantor Plateau was in progress another remarkable project was developing in the San Pedro de Atacama area ...

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Partnership with Wings for Science

7 March 2013: ESO has initiated an outreach partnership with the ORA Wings for Science project, which offers aerial support to public research organisations while on a journey around the world. The project ...

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Shaping the Future of the E-ELT — ESO hosts conference on future E-ELT instrumentation

4 March 2013: From 25 February until 1 March 2013, a major workshop on the future of instrumentation for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), entitled Shaping E-ELT Science and Instrumentation was organised ...

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New ESO Science Newsletter Released

1 March 2013: The users of ESO facilities and the astronomical community in general now have an updated information source to help them keep up to date with the latest developments at ESO ...

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Live Streaming of ALMA Inauguration — Watch the ceremony online on 13 March

1 March 2013: On 13 March 2013 the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) — the largest ground-based astronomical project in the world — will be inaugurated, marking the transition from construction project to fully ...

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How is the Very Large Telescope Operated? — ESO releases new VLT Operations Brochure

27 February 2013: ESO has produced and released a brochure containing information on the operation of the state-of-the-art instrumentation and facilities provided by the Very Large Telescope (VLT) at Paranal, Chile. The publication ...

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New ALMA Brochure Published — Describes the array’s design, instrumentation, and science

25 February 2013: A new brochure called The ALMA Universe detailing the design, construction, and use of the the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has been released by ESO in collaboration with ...

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ESO Extends Lead as World’s Most Productive Ground-based Observatory — A survey of number of 2012 annual publications also shows ESO just ahead of Hubble

19 February 2013: An analysis of the number of peer-reviewed scientific papers published in 2012 using data from ESO’s telescopes and instruments has shown that ESO remains the world’s most productive ...

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ESOcast 53: Chile Chill 3

15 February 2013: This is the third installment of Chile Chill, a type of ESOcast designed to offer a calm experience of the Chilean night sky and ESO’s observing sites, undisturbed by facts ...

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