News and Updates

New releases of images and catalogues in the optical and near-infrared bands resulting from the VISTA-VIKING and VST-KiDS surveys

Published: 06 Feb 2015

The VISTA Kilo-degree Infrared Galaxy Survey (VIKING) - one of the public surveys being conducted at ESO’s Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA) - is a wide area (final coverage: 1500 deg2), intermediate depth, near infrared imaging survey at high galatic latitudes, in five broadband filters Z, Y, J, H, Ks. Science goals include high-redshift quasars, extreme brown dwarfs, as well as multiwavelength coverage and identifications for a range of other imaging surveys, notably VST-KiDS and Herschel-ATLAS.


Second release of photometric catalogue data resulting from the VISTA Magellanic Survey

Published: 09 Jan 2015

The VISTA Magellanic Survey (VMC) - one of the six public surveys being conducted at ESO’s Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy - aims at the determination of the spatially resolved star formation history and the three-dimensional geometry of the Magellanic system. The sensitivity is designed to reach sources below the oldest main-sequence turn off point of the stellar population and the multi-epochs to measure accurate Ks mean magnitudes for pulsating variable stars, e.g. RR Lyrae stars and Cepheids.


The ESO-GOODS project is now entirely served via the Phase 3 infrastructure

Published: 15 Dec 2014

The GOODS advanced data products are now available via the query forms for Science Data Products of the ESO Archive.


HARPS Pipeline Processed Data Available through Phase 3

Published: 21 Oct 2014

The pipeline processed HARPS echelle data are now available as Science Data Products via the Phase 3 main and spectral query forms. The data consist of 1D spectra in the ESO/SDP standard format and tar files containing unaltered output of the HARPS pipeline (DRS v. 3.5). Please note that only the presentation of the data has changed; the scientific content remains the same.


New Imaging Data for the VISTA Magellanic Clouds Survey Released

Published: 08 Oct 2014

New data products resulting from the VISTA Survey of the Magellanic system (VMC) are now available via the dedicated Phase 3 query interface. The current release is based on the observations of five new VMC survey tiles (three in the LMC and two in the SMC), as well as on improved reduction of two tiles released earlier on.


Ultra-deep Ks-band imaging data of the UDS and GOODS-South fields released

Published: 29 Sep 2014

The HAWK-I Ultra Deep Survey and GOODS Survey is a new ultra-deep near-IR imaging survey executed with Hawk-I at the VLT lead by A. Fontana as principal investigator. It was designed to cover the two CANDELS (http://candels.ucolick.org) extragalactic fields accessible from Paranal that do not have suitably-deep K-band images: a sub area of UDS and GOODS-South. It delivers the deepest, highest quality images ever collected in the K-band. Deep Y-band images in the UDS field have also been acquired. The UDS field is covered to a limit of Ks=27.3 (at 1 sigma) and the GOODS-South data reach slightly deeper/shallower limits (Ks=27.8).


New imaging data of the Public ESO Spectroscopic Survey of Transient Objects (PESSTO) released

Published: 17 Sep 2014

PESSTO (Public ESO Spectroscopic Survey of Transient Objects) is a public spectroscopic survey that targets supernovae and optical transients brighter than 20.5m with the goal of classifying supernovae as close as possible to their explosion phase. Release version 1 contained more than 900 flux calibrated spectra for 298 distinct objects observed during the first  year of the survey.  Such spectra are now complemented with 234 reduced and calibrated near-infrared SOFI images for 22 transient objects. Images and spectra can be queried and downloaded from the ESO Science Archive Facility.


Release of MUSE Commissioning data

Published: 28 Jul 2014

During the successful commissioning runs of MUSE at VLT UT4 in February and April-May 2014, selected astronomical targets were observed to demonstrate the capabilities of the instrument, find the best observing strategies and optimize the performance of the data reduction pipeline.


GOODS/FORS2 Advanced Data Products Available Through Phase 3

Published: 17 Jul 2014

The FORS2 spectra in the GOODS south field are now available as Science Data Products via the Phase 3 query form. These data were migrated to be compliant to the standard for science data products and ingested in the Science Archive via the Phase 3 infrastructure.


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