The Messenger 184 is Now Available

Published: 16 Sep 2021

The latest edition of ESO's journal for science and technology, The Messenger, is now available online. Issue 184 opens with an article on the impact of satellite constellations to observatories and ESO’s role in supporting the astronomy community. Next our readers will find a report on the scientific prioritisation community poll that took place in 2020. 

The Instrumentation section in this issue is dedicated to ALMA, providing a summary of ALMA operations and interactions with the community, as well as an article on the upgrade strategies for the ALMA digital system. 

The Astronomical Science section includes a feature on the scientific goals and survey design of the INvestigate Stellar Population In RElics (INSPIRE) project, as well as a summary of the available reduced data included in the first data release of this Large Programme, accessible via ESO’s Science Archive Facility.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years a big fraction of the planned scientific meetings have been either canceled or moved to an online format. In a dedicated article about the first ESO e-Confernence in 2020 our readers will be able to read various lessons learnt and useful tips for maintaining vibrant scientific discourse during a global pandemic. Last, but not least, The Messenger 184 concludes with the profiles of two ESO fellows, describing what sparked their interest in astronomy and their current research.