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ESO Science Announcements

Period 99 Telescope Allocation

Published: 17 Jan 2017

The 99th Observing Programmes Committee (OPC) met on 15–17 November 2016. A total of 1044 (10-hour equivalent) nights of Visitor Mode and Service Mode observations were allocated on the VLT/VLTI, VISTA, VST, the 3.6-metre and NTT and APEX telescopes. Of these, 193 nights were allocated to filler programmes. The submission deadline for Phase 2 Service Mode observations is 9 February 2017, see announcement.

Cosmology and Fundamental Physics with Current and Future ESO Facilities

Published: 17 Jan 2017

3rd Azores School on Observational Cosmology
5th Azores International Advanced School in Space Sciences

Angra do Heroísmo, Azores, Portugal, 27 August – 2 September 2017

In the coming years a range of ground- and space-based facilities will gather an unprecedented amount of high-quality data in observational astrophysics and cosmology. These will allow open cosmological problems, e.g., nature of dark matter, dark energy, inflation and neutrino masses, to be tackled, all of which require new physics. In order to fully exploit these datasets, the interplay of a broad range of expertise, encompassing theory, phenomenology, high performance computing, data analysis and instrumentation, is required.

Early Stages of Galaxy Cluster Formation (GCF2017)

Published: 12 Jan 2017

Mergers, Proto-clusters, and Star Formation in Overdense Environments
ESO Headquarters, Garching, Germany, 17 – 21 July 2017

Proto-clusters, high redshift galaxy clusters, and merging clusters represent the initial stages in the formation of largest gravitationally-bound structures in the Universe. Forming via mergers and accretion, (proto-)cluster assembly has a decisive impact on their subsequent evolution, and is thus an important process to understand. The aim of  GCF2017 is to discuss cluster formation over the last ten billion years, from its beginnings to the present day.

First Catalogue Release of Weak Lensing Shear Measurements from KiDS DR3 Images

Published: 11 Jan 2017

The Kilo-Degree Survey (KiDS) is an ESO Public Survey carried out at the VLT Survey Telescope (VST) with the OmegaCAM camera. KiDs is a weak lensing shear tomography survey and its core science drivers are to map the large scale matter distribution in the Universe and constrain the equation of state of Dark Energy. This catalogue is the first weak lensing shear dataset from KiDS Data Release 3 (DR3) images, based on 454 tiles and a total area of 449.7 square degrees.

Phase 2 for Observing Period 99

Published: 22 Dec 2016

The allocation of ESO telescope time for Period 99 (1 April – 30 September 2017) is emailed today. With the release of the telescope schedule, preparation of Service Mode (SM) observations (Phase 2) starts. The deadline for the submission of the Phase 2 material for Period 99 observations is 9 February 2017.

The Messenger

The Messenger 166 is now available. Highlights include:

  • P. T. de Zeeuw Reaching New Heights in Astronomy – ESO Long Term Perspectives
  • R. Gilmozzi et al. VLT/VLTI Second-Generation Instrumentation: Lessons Learned
  • M. Neeser et al. Science-Grade Imaging Data for HAWK-I, VIMOS, and VIRCAM: The ESO-UK Pipeline Collaboration
  • J. S. Dunlop A Deep ALMA Image of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field
  • W. R. F. Dent et al. Report on the joint ESO/NRAO Conference: Resolving Planet Formation in the Era of ALMA and Extreme AO

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


The ESO Science Newsletter

The December 2016 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.