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A new version of the PESSTO Multi-Epoch Photometric Catalogue provides photometric lightcurve coverage for the Public European Southern Observatory Spectroscopic Survey of Transient Objects (PESSTO) targets for which follow-up lightcurves have been completed.This catalogue complements and completes the DR4 release announced in March 2021.
Photometric lightcurves for a total of 95 objects are now provided, 65 more than in the previous release (the lightcurves of 2 previously released transients have been removed from the catalogue as they do not qualify as PESSTO key-science targets).
This PESSTO public survey data release (DR4.1) is accompanied by a comprehensive description of the lightcurve catalogue.
Data are available via the ESO Catalogue Facility, or programmatically(1), or via the Science Portal. Specifically, the catalogue preview gives instantaneous access to the histograms of all the catalogues columns. The programmatic link brings to a query example to find the lightcurve of SN2018ec, object shown in the image which also illustrates the serendipitous discovery of AT2018cux.
Third and Final Data Release of the Large Early Galaxy Census (LEGA-C) Spectroscopic Public Survey Published
The third and final data release of the Large Early Galaxy Astrophysics Census (LEGA-C, ESO programmes 194.A-2005, 1100.A-0949) is now available. The LEGA-C public spectroscopic survey targets the 1.5 deg2 of the COSMOS field (RA=10hr, Dec=+2 deg) with the VLT VIMOS multi-object spectrograph from December 2014 to May 2018.
This data release contains the science products for the full survey, doubling the sample size with respect to the second data release of 2018. It consists of 4081 spectra of 3741 unique galaxies in the redshift range 0.6 < z < 1.0, with typical continuum S/N ≃17, wavelength coverage 6000-9000 Angstrom and spectral resolution of R~3500. The science data products are fully reduced with a custom-built pipeline. In addition to the 1D spectra, the data release contains a catalog with spectroscopic redshifts, emission line fluxes, Lick/IDS indices, spatially integrated stellar and gas velocity RMSs (line widths).
The catalogue also provides additional structural parameters measured from HST images and dynamical mass measurements. More information is available in the accompanying release documentation.
The AMBRE collaboration between the Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (OCA, Nice) and ESO has the goal to analyse the wealth of stellar spectroscopic data in the ESO science archive using the MATISSE parametrisation algorithm to derive stellar atmospheric parameters (Recio-Blanco et al., 2006, MNRAS 370, 141, Worley et al. 2012, A&A 542A, 48, de Laverny et al. 2012, A&A 544A, 126, De Pascale (2014, A&A...570A..68).
This data release provides stellar radial velocity, effective temperature, surface gravity, mean metallicity and enrichment in alpha-elements for about 93116 stellar objects observed between October 2003 and October 2010 using HARPS (378 nm – 691 nm). More information can be found in the related release documentation.
The AMBRE collaboration between the Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (OCA, Nice) and ESO has the goal to analyse the wealth of stellar spectroscopic data in the ESO science archive using the MATISSE parametrisation algorithm to derive stellar atmospheric parameters (Recio-Blanco et al., 2006, Worley et al. 2012, de Laverny et al. 2012, Worley et al. 2016).
This data release provides stellar radial velocity, effective temperature, surface gravity, mean metallicity and enrichment in alpha-elements for about 6600 stellar objects observed between March 2000 and November 2010 using the VLT/UVES spectrograph. 51897 stellar spectra were analysed in total, resulting in the complete parameter set for about 20%. More information can be found in the related release documentation.
The goal of GALACTICNUCLEUS survey (ESO Large Programme 195.B-0283, PI Rainer Schödel) is to build a single-epoch high angular resolution (0.2”) source catalogue of the Galactic Center in the near infrared bands J,H,Ks. Data were acquired with HAWK-I between June 2015 and June 2018. They covered seven regions spread over the nuclear stellar disk, the inner Galactic bulge and the transition region between them, for a total area covered of about 0.3deg2. The final catalogue includes accurate PSF photometry for 3.3x106 stars. The 5-sigma limiting AB magnitude for the different NIR bands are J~22mag, H~21mag and Ks~21mag. The released catalogue also provides absolute coordinates for all the sources.
In addition to the source catalogue, this data release includes images and related error maps from which the catalogue was extracted.
This data release provides access to reduced scientific data obtained with ESPRESSO. This instrument is a highly-stabilised fibre-fed echelle spectrograph that can be fed with light from either a single or up to four Unit Telescopes simultaneously. It is installed at the incoherent combined Coudé facility of the VLT.
Nearly 2000 spectra obtained in all instrumental modes (HR, UHR, and MR) from the start of operations until March 2020 are now published via the ESO archive. The data consist of extracted, wavelength-calibrated and flux-calibrated 1-dimensional spectra with merged echelle orders. If several exposures on the same target are executed within the same observing template, the extracted and flux-calibrated spectra of the single exposures are combined into a co-added spectrum with increased signal-to-noise ratio. The combined spectrum becomes the primary product, while the single spectra are made available as associated files. The reduced science spectra come with an associated set of ancillary information which are described in detail in the accompanying release description.
The ESPRESSO data collection will grow with time. As new ESPRESSO data are acquired at the observatory, the reduced products will become available in monthly release cycles as soon as they are processed. The data products can be queried and downloaded using the ESO Archive Science Portal or the programmatic access. More details about the data can be found in the published data release description. The 1D spectra are stored in a tabular format following the established standard for ESO science data products. Instructions on how to read or display the spectra can be found in the 1D spectrum data format help page.
March 17th marked an important milestone for the ESO Science Archive with the download of the 10,000,000th processed science file by a member of the ESO community. The Science Archive is a major science resource: more than 35% of the refereed papers based on ESO data that were published in 2020 used it. Its data holdings are constantly increasing, and it currently includes more than 3,000,000 processed datasets from the La Silla Paranal and ALMA observatories, calibrated to remove instrumental and atmospheric effects.
These are spectra, images, data cubes, source catalogues, flux maps and interferometric visibilities (the 10,000,000th file itself was a spectrum from the GAIA-ESO Public Survey). These data products can be browsed and downloaded via an highly interactive and intuitive web application or programmatically with Virtual Observatory protocols and tools.
In addition to processed data, the ESO Science Archive also stores and serves all the La Silla Paranal raw data as generated at the telescopes and related calibrations. They too can be browsed via a dedicated web interface or programmatically. Dedicated software processing tools to calibrate and extract the science signal are available.
A new release of the Public ESO Spectroscopic Survey for Transient Objects (PESSTO) is available, including spectra and images from its ePESSTO extension, and the delivery of a new transient catalogue, globally covering 7 years of observations, from April 2012 to April 2019, for a total of 45GB.
This new release brings to 2323 the number of observed supernovae and optical transients, with calibrated 1D spectra for 2314 of them, doubling the number of objects previously published (1168 in the previous version). Also doubled is the number of selected key targets (now 337) that were scheduled for follow-up time-series EFOSC2 optical spectroscopy, so to monitor the supernovae at the extremes of the known population e.g. the most luminous, the faintest, the fast declining, etc. The total number of spectra for the key targets is 3748, including the SOFI spectra taken for the brightest ones. SOFI imaging (broad-band JHKs) was nearly always taken when SOFI near infra-red spectra were taken.
Data are available via the ESO Science Portal or programmatically. For more details on the observing strategy, the data reduction, calibration, and quality, along with a table of the selected key targets, and the description of the catalogue, please refer to the comprehensive release description.
Note: an updated version of the PESSTO multi-epoch photometry catalogue published in DR3.1 is expected by the summer.
The INSPIRE project is an ESO Large Programme (ID: 1104.B- 0370, PI: C. Spiniello) which uses X-Shooter (in UVB, VIS, NIR band) to spectroscopically follow up 52 red ultra Compact Massive Galaxies selected from the KiDS VST ESO Public Survey.
The goals of INSPIRE (Spiniello et al. 2021a, Spiniello et al. 2021b) is to obtain the first catalogue of spectroscopically confirmed relics in the redshift range 0.1<z<0.5, bridge the gap between the three local confirmed relics and the high-z red nuggets, use the final statistic on confirmed relics to put a stringent constraint on the predictions from simulations on the initial burst of star formation in galaxies.
This first release provides 76 1D spectra for 19 galaxies whose observations were completed. For each galaxy, there are four 1D spectra products: two UVB spectra and two VIS. For each object, the two pairs in each arm are extracted using either an aperture that includes 50% of the light or with an optimal extraction procedure on the entire slit. Together with the extracted 1D spectra, the combined UVB+VIS spectra, restframed and smoothed to a final resolution of FWHM = 2.52 Ang. are also published as ancillary files (these products were used for the stellar population analysis in S21b). The products contain measurements like redshift, stellar age and metallicity from the spectra in dedicated header keywords, which are listed in the detailed release description together with more details about the released products. The 1D spectra for the NIR arms and a comprehensive catalogue of the galaxies proprieties will be included in a future release.
First Data Release of the SINFONI Survey for Unveiling the Physics and the Effect of Radiative feedback (SUPER)
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
This release consists of 20 SINFONI cubes targeting z=2-2.5 Type-1 AGNs in the H (or H+K) band. The adaptive optics module was employed during the IFU observations, abating the effects of atmospheric turbulence down to a superb angular resolution of 0.2 arcsecond (corresponding to ~2 kpc at the AGN redshifts). In combination with the long exposures (of the order of 1-7 hour), the data provides 3D spatially resolved high-quality maps of the Hβ and [OIII] emission lines and of the star emission from the AGN host galaxies.
More information about the release content can be found in the accompanying documentation.
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