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

MUSE Narrow Field Mode Science Verification

Published: 30 Apr 2018

GALACSI is part of the Adaptive Optics Facility (AOF), and is thus associated with the Deformable Secondary Mirror (DSM) and the 4 Laser Guide Star Facility (4LGSF). It defines an AO system developed to increase the performance of the MUSE instrument in narrow-field mode. Commissioning is proceeding and Science Verification is planned for August 2018, for which applications are invited.

Call for Proposals for an ESA-ESO Joint International Conference in 2019

Published: 27 Apr 2018

Science workshops represent a unique opportunity to foster ideas and collaborations. Acknowledging the need to facilitate exchanges between astrophysics-related space-born missions and ground-based facilities as well as between their respective communities, ESA and ESO are joining forces to organise a series of international Astronomy meetings, alternating between ESO and ESA sites. A new Call has been issued inviting astronomers to submit proposals for an ESA-ESO conference to be held in 2019.

2018 ESO Studentships

Published: 25 Apr 2018

The ESO research studentship programme provides an outstanding opportunity for PhD students to experience the exciting scientific environment at one of the world's leading observatories for a period of up to two years.

ESO Period 102 Proposal Submission Statistics

Published: 24 Apr 2018

The deadline for proposal submission for Period 102 (1 October 2018 - 1 April 2019) was 28 March, 2018. 916 valid proposals were submitted, including 23 Large Programmes, of which four are GTO Large Programmes. The number of proposals for P102 is very similar to that of Periods 91 (893), 92 (892), 93 (898), 94 (901), 98 (901), 99 (887), 100 (895) and 101 (899). This confirms the levelling off observed after the peak of Periods 95 (934), 96 (960) and 97 (1024).

KMOS at 5 Workshop: Star Formation and Galaxy Formation in 3D

Published: 22 Apr 2018

The KMOS@5 workshop will bring together scientists working on all areas of star and galaxy formation using near-infrared IFU spectroscopy. KMOS's five-year milestone offers a perfect opportunity to assess the impact of this instrument on its core science cases and to develop new strategies and programmes, also in preparation for future IFU instruments.

The Messenger

The Messenger 170 is now available. Highlights include:

  • Watson & Couch: Astronomy in Australia
  • GRAVITY Collaboration & Merand et al.: First light & Science Verification for the GRAVITY instrument
  • Leibundgut et al.: MUSE Wide Field Mode Adaptive Optics Science Verification
  • Poggianti et al.: Exploring gas stripping in galaxies in the GASP Large Programme
  • Spavone et al.: Unveiling the nature of giant ellipticals and their stellar halos with the VST
  • P. Crowther: Dissecting the core of the Tarantula Nebula with MUSE

You can subscribe to the hardcopy of The Messenger or browse the complete archive of issues.


The ESO Science Newsletter

The April 2018 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.