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28 June 2013
Laser on UT4

Science Announcements

Start of MUSE Installation and Dismounting of NACO from UT4

28 June 2013: On account of the activities related to the installation of MUSE, NACO will be dismounted from the Nasmyth platform of UT4 and unavailable from 2 September 2013.  At the time of releasing the Call for Proposals the exact timeline of MUSE arrival was not finalised and it was anticipated that NACO would be removed during Period 92. The ...

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Decommissioning of ISAAC

28 June 2013: In order to provide sufficient time for the preparation of the arrival of SPHERE at UT3, the activities to decommission ISAAC  will start on 10 December 2013. As of that date the instrument will no longer be available for science operations.

ALMA Early Science Cycles 1 and 2 Timelines

28 June 2013: Cycle 1 Early Science observing resumed at nominal priority in June 2013 after development work on the array and infrastructure. To ensure sufficient time to complete many Cycle 1 high priority programmes, Cycle 1 has been extended until the end of May 2014 and Cycle 1 DDT proposals will be accepted until that date. The call for Cycle 2 Early ...

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Future VLT Instruments: ERIS

28 June 2013: ERIS, the Enhanced Resolution Imager and Spectrograph, is a 1-5 µm instrument for the Cassegrain focus of UT4 at the VLT. It will benefit from the Adaptive Optics Facility (AOF), including the deformable secondary mirror (DSM). ERIS consists of three main instrumental modules: an AO module, using the AOF DSM and one AOF laser, providing natural and laser guide ...

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Annual Report 2012

28 June 2013: The ESO Annual Report for 2012 has been approved by the ESO Council and issued. The report carries news of research highlights and technical developments, summaries of the work of all the ESO Departments, digests of Committee meetings, and much more. The Annual Report is available in PDF from here.


Upcoming ESO or ESO-Related Workshops

  • SCIENCE OPERATIONS 2013: Working Together in Support of Science
    ESA/ESO Conference at ESAC, Madrid, Spain, 10 - 13 September 2013

    The objective of SCIOPS2013 is to present and discuss the various approaches to science operations in spacecraft missions and ground-based facilities for Astronomy and Solar System Science. The meeting will cover all phases of science operations, from initial concepts to legacy products, including general organisation and management aspects, community support and services, instrument planning, handling and calibration, science data processing and archiving. The Call for Abstracts is open and more details are available here. Registration will close on 15 July 2013.

  • Challenges in UV Astronomy (ESO/NUVA/IAG Workshop)
    Auditorium, ESO Garching, 7 - 11 October 2013

    Jointly organised by the Network for UV Astronomy (NUVA), ESO and the IAG Brazil, this workshop will focus on efficient exploration from the ground of the UV spectrum region. New UV instrumentation, such as CUBES - a joint ESO-Brazil high-resolution UV spectrograph - being planned for the VLT, will open up observation of UV spectral features. The present and future of the field and, in particular, the scientific case of CUBES, will be discussed. Further details are available here or please contact for more information. The registration deadline is 30 August 2013.

  • Joint ESO and Observatoire de Paris Workshop: Metal Production and Distribution in a Hierarchical Universe
    Observatoire de Paris Meudon, 21 - 25 October 2013

    Metals trace the full evolution of the Universe and determining their relative abundances in different environments, and across cosmic time, reveals the underlying star formation history and gas exchange processes. Recent progress in instrumentation and modelling now means that metal production and distribution can be used to test our ideas of galaxy evolution at many different hierarchical scales: from stellar clusters to clusters of galaxies. Tracing metals across cosmic time requires equivalent investments in observational facilities and simulations and the meeting will review the state of the art in all the different research areas.

  • ESO Workshop on Deconstructing Galaxies: Structure and Morphology in the Era of Large Surveys
    Santiago, ESO Santiago, 18 - 22 November 2013

    The study of the structure and morphology of galaxies is one of the major astronomical tools to address how galaxies form and evolve. There has been much recent progress in understanding the properties of different structural components in nearby and intermediate redshift (z ~ 1-2) galaxies. The strengths and limitations of the different techniques for obtaining structural measures of galaxies, particularly with regard to handling large surveys, will be highlighted. This conference will bring together over 100 observers and theorists, and it is intended to be highly participative, with substantial time devoted to discussions. More details can be found here.

  • ALMA Community Days 2013: Preparing for Cycle 2
    Auditorium and Council Room, ESO Garching, 19 - 20 November 2013

    The aim of the 2013 ALMA Community Days is to optimally prepare the astronomical community for ALMA Cycle 2 proposal submission. Besides a series of technical and scientific presentations, there will also be practical hands-on tutorials for the ALMA proposal preparation software, and an introduction to (sub)mm-interferometry techniques for novices in the field.

  • Workshop on 400 Years of Stellar Rotation
    Natal, Brazil, 21 - 26 November 2013

    In 1613 Galileo Galilei observed solar spots and interpreted their motion as due to solar rotation. After 400 years we are able to quantify in detail the behaviour of the rotation of the Sun in time, as well as the evolutionary behaviour of stellar rotation all across the HR Diagram. This meeting will consider all aspects of stellar and solar rotation and, in addition, present the state of the art of stellar rotation coming from the space missions CoRoT, Kepler and Spitzer. The workshop is co-sponsored by the European Southern Observatory and the International Institute of Physics of Natal and further details can be found here. The deadline for registration is 01 June 2013.

  • 3D2014 - Gas and stars in galaxies: A multi-wavelength 3D perspective
    Garching, 10 - 14 March 2014
Moonlight and Zodiacal Light Over La Silla  Thunderbolts and lightning  The Rise and Fall of a Supernova  Three Planets Dance Over La Silla  Ripples Across the Chilean Sky 

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