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MOONS: the next ESO VLT’s multi-object spectrograph

Alexandre Cabral

MOONS will be the next Multi-Object Optical and Near-infrared Spectrograph for the Very Large Telescope, able to simultaneously observe 1000 targets, feeding a bunch of optical fibres which can be placed at user-specified locations on the Nasmyth focal plane using individual robotic positioners.
The sub-fields thus selected are then driven by the fibres into two identical cryogenic spectrographs mounted on the Nasmyth platform of one of the ESO VLT 8 m telescopes. Such a facility will allow a veritable host of Galactic, Extragalactic and Cosmological questions to be addressed. In this seminar we will describe the instrument and its current status of development, detailing the Portuguese contribution.

2024 May 24, 13:30

Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (C8.2.14)
Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisboa

Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia