Astronomers, apply now for time at the European Southern Observatory

Good news, Australian astronomers!

Now for the first time, a competitive process has opened to access the world’s best optical telescopes.  

Thanks to the new strategic partnership between Australia and the European Southern Observatory (ESO), Australian astronomers can use the world class facilities of the La Silla and Paranal Observatories, in the Atacama Desert region of Chile - which houses some of the world’s best infrastructure in optical astronomy.

Through the ESO partnership, the Australian Government aims to secure Australia’s ongoing pre-eminence in optical astronomy research, industry engagement, and instrumentation.

The first opportunity for Australian astronomers to vie for these world-class facilities for observations is between 1 April 2018 and 30 September 2018.

How to apply

The ESO has released the Call for Proposals for Period 101. The proposal deadline is Thursday 28 September 2017 8pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, (noon Central European Summer Time).

The International Telescopes Support Office at the Australian Astronomical Observatory has published information for Australian applicants, including advice for new users.

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