SPHERE Science Verification

Bruno Leibundgut, Jean-Luc Beuzit, Neale Gibson, Julien Girard, Markus Kasper, Florian Kerber, Lars Lundin, Dimitri Mawet, Melissa McClure, Julien Milli, Monika Petr-Gotzens, Ralf Siebenmorgen, Mario van den Ancker, Zahed Wahhaj

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Abstract

Science Verification (SV) for the latest instrument to arrive on Paranal, the high-contrast and spectro-polarimetric extreme adaptive optics instrument SPHERE, is described. The process through which the SV proposals were solicited and evaluated is briefly outlined; the resulting observations took place in December 2014 and February 2015. A wide range of targets was observed, ranging from the Solar System, young stars with planets and discs, circumstellar environments of evolved stars to a galaxy nucleus. Some of the first results are previewed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-5
JournalThe Messenger
Volume159
Publication statusPublished - 01 Mar 2015

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    Leibundgut, B., Beuzit, J-L., Gibson, N., Girard, J., Kasper, M., Kerber, F., Lundin, L., Mawet, D., McClure, M., Milli, J., Petr-Gotzens, M., Siebenmorgen, R., van den Ancker, M., & Wahhaj, Z. (2015). SPHERE Science Verification. The Messenger, 159, 2-5. https://www.eso.org/sci/publications/messenger/toc.html?v=159&m=Mar&y=15