Deep MUSE IFU cubes from observations of eight nearby edge-on galaxies released

Published: 26 Sep 2019

Deep IFU data cubes are now released for a sample of eight nearby edge-on galaxies. These galaxies were observed with the Multi-Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) integral field unit at the VLT, under the ESO programmes 096.B-0054(A) and 097.B-0041(A) - PI S. Comeron - with the aim of studying the formation mechanism of the thick discs in these objects. The galaxies included in the current sample are: ESO 157-49, ESO 443-21, ESO 469-15, ESO 544-27, IC 217, IC 1553, PGC 28308 and PGC 30591.

These deep science data cubes are characterized by long exposure times, typically three hours, and careful removal of the sky background from the target exposures rather than offset skies. Raw data cubes were processed using the MUSE pipeline version 2.2, with typical 5-sigma sensitivities in the final reduced cubes reaching point-sources as faint as 25 mag in AB. More information on the reduction and calibration process are available in the release description.

This release containing both deep data cubes and respective images is available via the Science Portal and programmatically.