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

First Data Release of the SINFONI Survey for Unveiling the Physics and the Effect of Radiative feedback (SUPER)

Published: 30 Sep 2020

The first data release of the SINFONI Survey for Unveiling the Physics and the Effect of Radiative feedback (SUPER, Circosta et al. 2018; ESO Large Programme 196.A-0377, PI: Mainieri) is now available to the community on ESO Archive via the Science Portal or programmatically.

Virtual Guided Tour for potential ESO Fellowship candidates

Published: 29 Sep 2020

ESO is organising a virtual guided tour of the ESO sites to facilitate the interaction between current ESO fellows in Chile and Germany and candidates interested in applying to the currently open programmes. If you are considering applying for a fellowship, ESO invites you to attend the tour on 29 September at 15:00 CEST/10:00 CLT to discover the sites and learn more about the life of fellows at ESO, tips for your application or ask any other questions you might have. 

APEX Resumes Science Operations in Minimal Mode

Published: 25 Sep 2020

Following the decision taken by ESO on Aug 28 of resuming minimal science operations, the APEX observatory staff has successfully executed the ramp-up plan that was conceived during the previous months. A small team of engineers and astronomers awakened the 12-m antenna and several of the scientific instruments that were unpowered or in stand by since the end of March, when operations had to be suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Minimal Science Operations at Paranal and reopening of the Director's Discretionary Time

Published: 18 Sep 2020

The exceptional circumstances imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic led to the suspension of science operations at the La Silla and Paranal observatories, as well as at the APEX telescope, since the end of March. ESO has been closely monitoring the constraints imposed by the pandemic in Chile and has developed plans for a safe and progressive resumption of science operations at the observatories as soon as circumstances allow. Following a detailed assessment of the current situation and the logistic, technical, and safety constraints, as well as the capacity to guarantee the compliance with all measures needed to protect the health of its staff at all times, ESO is re-establishing a minimum level of science operations at the observatory sites. In addition, Director's Discretionary Time proposals can now be submitted again for the FORS2 and UVES instruments at the VLT.

ALMA Redesigns its User Experience

Published: 09 Sep 2020

While ALMA antennas are taking an unanticipated break - and while users are mining the ALMA archive, thinking of new projects and evaluating their past experiences with ALMA data and services offered since Cycle 0 - ALMA is launching a new global project to Redesign the User eXperience (RedUX). As part of RedUX, focus groups will be established to discuss specific aspects of the ALMA user experience. By volunteering to join a focus group, users can help shape the future of ALMA. Anyone interested in contributing to RedUX (and in receiving a small gift at the end of the exercise, as a token of appreciation for their contribution), can fill in this form.

The Messenger

The Messenger 180 is now available. Highlights include:

  • Ferrini & Wild: The Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory Comes of Age
  • Cirasuolo et al.: MOONS: The New Multi-Object Spectrograph for the VLT
  • Gonzalez et al.: MOONS Surveys of the Milky Way and its Satellites
  • Maiolino et al.: MOONRISE: The Main MOONS GTO Extragalactic Survey
  • Béthermin et al.: The ALPINE–ALMA [CII] Survey: Exploring the Dark Side of Normal Galaxies at the End of Reionisation

You can subscribe to the hardcopy of The Messenger or browse the complete archive of issues. Subscribers to the print edition are asked to confirm their subscriptions and update their postal addresses. Please hold on to your envelope which contains your personalised confirmation code – see the back page of The Messenger 180 for further details.


The ESO Science Newsletter

The August 2020 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.