Séminaire Lagrange - Hector Flores GEPI/OBSPM


The MOONS spectrograph (Multi Object Optical and Near-infrared Spectrograph) / mardi 28 février 2017, 10h30, NEF - Mont Gros - CION - talk in english - retransmis à Valrose


MOONS will be the future Multi-Object Optical and Near-infrared Spectrograph for the Very Large Telescope (VLT). The aim is to have MOONS operational by 2019. The grasp of the 8.2m VLT combined with the large multiplex and wavelength coverage of MOONS – extending into the near-IR – will provide the observational power necessary to study the galaxy formation and evolution over the entire history of the Universe, from our Milky Way, through the redshift desert and up to the epoch of re-ionization at z>8-9. At the same time, the high spectral resolution mode will allow astronomers to study chemical abundances of stars in our Galaxy, in particular in the highly obscured regions of the Bulge. MOONS will provide the necessary follow-up of the Gaia and EUCLID mission. Such characteristics and versatility make MOONS the long-awaited workhorse near-IR MOS for the VLT, which will perfectly complement optical spectroscopy performed by other facilities.

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