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Third data release of images, source lists and aperture matched multi-band catalogue resulting from the VISTA Kilo-degree Infrared Galaxy Survey (VIKING)

Published: 21 Sep 2017

The ESO/VISTA Public Survey VIKING is a wide area (final coverage of about 1350 sq. degrees), intermediate depth (5-sigma detection limit J~21 on Vega system), near infrared imaging survey in five broadband filters Z, Y, J, H, Ks. The sky coverage has a maximum overlap with the KiDS survey in the optical bands.


Second release of the PESSTO catalogs

Published: 28 Aug 2017

A new version of the PESSTO Transient Catalogue and of the PESSTO Multi-Epoch Photometric Catalogue now complement the previously released (DR3) spectra and images of the PESSTO Public Spectroscopic Survey acquired during the survey's four years of operations.

  • The transient catalogue lists all the PESSTO sources for which a meaningful spectral classification has been obtained up to April 30, 2016 (1035 sources). It includes various parameters that characterize scientifically these transients and their host galaxies.
  • The multi-epoch photometric catalogue provides the lightcurves for the 32 PESSTO targets whose follow-up lightcurves have been completed.

Note: This release also includes updated versions of 20 archived spectra. These spectra were erroneously associated to a given transient in a host; This is typically the case when different transients occurred in the same host galaxy. The release description of these spectra  describes the new associations of the transient spectra in details, see the Previous Releases section of this document.


Telluric standard stars added to the Xshooter data collection

Published: 22 Aug 2017

Telluric standard stars added to the Xshooter data collection

The 1D spectra for telluric standard stars are now added to the Xshooter data collection as stand-alone science-grade spectra. These telluric standard stars are measured frequently during most nights in order to provide a representative reference for telluric absorption lines. They thus provide high-signal-to-noise reference spectra for telluric correction, and science-grade spectra of early-type and solar-type stars at different epochs, from the beginning of Xshooter operations in October 2009 until present. About 30000 new 1D spectra have been added to the Xshooter data collection for a list of 1000 target stars; these numbers will be growing as new 1D spectra are added to the Xshooter data collection.

The products consist of extracted, wavelength-calibrated and flux-calibrated 1-dimensional spectra in tabular format following the established standard for ESO science data products. There are normally spectra for all three XSHOOTER arms (UVB, VIS, NIR). They often come as multiple exposures with exposure times optimized “on the fly”. Often some of these exposures are saturated, and they should be carefully checked for quality. When downloaded, each spectrum comes with ancillary information related to quality control and observational circumstances, and with a preview plot. Data have been pipeline-processed with the best available calibration data. For more details please refer to the associated release description.

Telluric standard star spectra can be downloaded as spectra products from the Xshooter collection by querying using an object list, for example by using the Hipparcos catalogue, or queried here:


Second band merged catalogue release from the VPHAS+ Public Survey

Published: 22 Aug 2017

Second band merged catalogue release from the VPHAS+ Public Survey.


HK band spectroscopy of 25 high-redshift galaxies obtained from the SINFONI/AMAZE Large Programme migrated to Phase 3

Published: 10 Aug 2017

HK band spectroscopy of 25 high-redshift galaxies obtained from the SINFONI/AMAZE Large Programme migrated to Phase 3


UVES echelle pipeline-processed data: possible artefacts in the initial part of the RED spectra

Published: 26 Jul 2017

Some artefacts have been reported in the initial part of some of the RED spectra of the UVES Echelle pipeline-processed data.


Flux-calibration issue for the XSHOOTER UVB data products: SOLVED

Published: 19 May 2017

The XSHOOTER flux calibration issue that affected the reduced spectra of the UVB arm, reported in a previous archive news, has been solved. All Phase 3 XSHOOTER ESO-certified pipieline-processed UVB spectra have been reprocessed with the nightly response curve.


New release of Gaia-ESO Spectroscopic Public Survey Data

Published: 12 May 2017

New reduced data products resulting from the Gaia-ESO Public Spectroscopic Survey (GES) are now available via the dedicated Phase 3 query interface at the ESO Science Archive Facility. The data release DR3 provides wavelength calibrated 1-dimensional spectra of point-like sources obtained with FLAMES from 31.12.2011 to 19.07.2014 under ESO program ID 188.B-3002, as well as a catalogue containing photometry and derived quantities (e.g. radial velocities, astrophysical parameters, lithium line strength, Halpha emission, abundances) for a fraction of the stars for which spectra are delivered. The total number of submitted data files is 44210, comprising spectra of 25533 unique targets. Included in this sample are 2342 ESO archive spectra, reduced and analysed within GES by the GES pipelines. The DR3 data products correspond to the Gaia ESO internal iDR4 release.


Release of pipeline-processed MUSE DEEP 3D Data Cubes

Published: 11 May 2017

This data release provides deep 3D data cubes obtained with the Multi-Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) integral field unit, in the wide field mode, from data acquired starting from June - August 2014, plus the initial two periods of MUSE operations, P94 and P95 (September 2014 until September 2015). These deep cubes are now published via the ESO Science Archive as reduced data.


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