News and Updates

Release of XSHOOTER science data products

Published: 19 May 2014

The ESO archive now provides access to reduced scientific data obtained with the XSHOOTER spectrograph mounted on the VLT.


ESSENCE/FORS1 Advanced Data Products migrated to the Phase 3 infrastructure

Published: 09 May 2014

The ESSENCE/FORS1 advanced data products are now available via the query forms for Science Data Products of the ESO Archive. The ESSENCE data were migrated to be compliant to the ESO standard regarding format and header keywords requirements, and ingested in the ESO Science Archive Facility via the Phase 3 infrastructure. This migration enhanced the value of these products by adding useful information in the headers of the FITS files.


New photometric catalogue data resulting from the VISTA Magellanic Survey released

Published: 09 Apr 2014

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.


First data of the VISTA Deep Extragalactic Observations Survey in the VIDEO-ES1 field released

Published: 04 Apr 2014

VIDEO is a deep near-infrared survey which targets ~12 square degrees over the ELAIS-S1, XMMLSS, and CDFS extragalactic fields. VIDEO belongs to the suite of six public surveys being conducted at ESO’s Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA). This release (VIDEO-ES1 DR1) contains single-OB images in Z,H and Ks bands in the VIDEO-ES1 field along with the associated source lists taken between 06/10/2010 and 15/11/2011. Coverage of the full 3.0 square degrees of the ES1 field will be provided in future releases.


First data of the VISTA Deep Extragalactic Observations Survey in the VIDEO-CDFS field released

Published: 01 Apr 2014

VIDEO is a deep near-infrared survey which targets ~12 square degrees over the ELAIS-S1, XMMLSS, and CDFS extragalactic fields. VIDEO belongs to the suite of six public surveys being conducted at ESO’s Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA). This release (VIDEO-CDFS DR1) contains single-OB images in Z,H and Ks bands in the VIDEO-CDFS1 field along with the associated source lists taken between 06/12/2011 and 29/12/2011. The whole coverage over the full 4.5 square degrees of the CDFS field will be provided in future releases.


zCOSMOS Advanced Data Products migrated to the Phase 3 infrastructure

Published: 21 Mar 2014

The zCOSMOS-bright advanced data products are now available via the query forms for Science Data Products of the ESO Archive. The zCOSMOS data were migrated to be compliant to the ESO standard regarding format and header keywords requirements, and ingested in the ESO Science Archive Facility via the Phase 3 infrastructure.


First release of PESSTO spectral data products

Published: 20 Jan 2014

The Public ESO Spectroscopic Survey of Transient Objects (PESSTO) is one of the two on-going ESO public spectroscopic surveys. It aims to deliver detailed, high-quality, time series optical and near infrared spectroscopy of 150 optical transients covering the full range of parameter space that the current synoptic surveys now deliver: luminosity, host metallicity, explosion mechanisms. This will build a comprehensive understanding of the exotic, explosive Universe.


DSS and Skycat catalogues services migrated

Published: 17 Jan 2014

Please be aware that towards the end of 2013, DSS and the skycat catalogues services (including GSC2.2, USNO A2.0, etc.) were migrated to a new infrastructure. In case you find issues with the DSS service -whether via the web, via the DSS batch tool, or via the Skycat interface-, or with the skycat catalogues, please send your feedback with a description of the problem encountered to: archive@eso.org mentioning in the subject "DSS or Skycat catalogue".

Thanks in advance for your help in this matter,


New data of the VISTA Deep Extragalactic Observations Survey in the VIDEO-XMM field released

Published: 17 Jan 2014

VIDEO is a deep near-infrared survey which targets ~12 square degrees over the ELAIS-S1, XMMLSS, and ECDFS extragalactic fields. VIDEO belongs to the suite of six public surveys being conducted at ESO’s Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA). The first public data release of the VIDEO programme via the ESO Science Archive Facility, the VIDEO-XMM Data Release Number 1, Date: 25.07.2011, contained 97 individual (i.e. single-OB) tile images in the VIDEO-XMM3 field and their associated single-band source lists. This release (VIDEO-XMM DR2) adds 156 single-OB images in the VIDEO-XMM fields 1, 2 and 3. DR2 is the first release that includes deep co-added images of the XMM3 field including the associated single-band source lists and the resulting deep photometric catalogue where the ZYJHKs data have been merged. To the 5σ limit of Ks~23.8, the Ks-selected catalogue contains 198178 sources over ~1.8 deg2.


DSS service improvements

Published: 14 Jan 2014

Please be aware that towards the end of 2013, the DSS and other archive services were migrated from the original SOLARIS platform to a modern Linux environment. Some DSS problems have been found and fixed ever since.

In case you discover some new issues with the DSS service (whether via the web, via the DSS batch tool, or via the Skycat interface), we would like to invite you to please send your feedback to: archive@eso.org mentioning DSS in the subject. 

Of course, you can use the same email address for any other issue you might have with other ESO archive services.

Thanks in advance for your  collaboration,


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