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Sep
14
Herschel week is coming!
Posted by h schelp on 14 September 2017 07:16 PM

Dear Herschel colleagues,

 
Next week (18-22 September), ESA and NASA will jointly celebrate the legacy of the Herschel Space Observatory with a series of web articles, new images, and videos on various key areas where Herschel has made major contributions and on the legacy of the Herschel mission. Each day, from Monday to Thursday, a new article will be published on sci.esa.int/herschel-week.
 
In parallel, we will be running a social media campaign to celebrate the mission by sharing memorable moments and personal memories: stories, anecdotes, where you watched the launch, photos of conferences, talks, thesis defences and other events, and of course your most treasured astronomical images and data from the observatory. 
 
Therefore, we would like to invite you to share your favourite memories linked to the mission, either directly, if you have a social-media presence on Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram, or by inviting your colleagues and students who are active on any of these channels to join and celebrate Herschel.

The campaign will be launched on Monday 18 September and run throughout the week via the @esascience Twitter account, and supported by the @esa Twitter account, the European Space Agency Facebook page, and the @europeanspaceagency Instagram account.
 
On these channels, we will use the hashtag #HerschelMoments, but we kindly ask you not to use it before Monday 18 September.

Many thanks for participating in the celebration of this extraordinary mission and its legacy, to which you have all greatly contributed.


Kind regards,

The Herschel Science Centre Helpdesk
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Sep
6

Dear Herschel colleagues,

This may be of interest to some of you:


"Mastering the Science Instrument and Observing Modes of JWST - Get Set" to be held on on 4-6 October 2017, ESAC, Madrid
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In anticipation of the first JWST Call for Proposals in late November 2017, the European Space Agency is organizing a series of workshops to engage and inform the astronomical community.

The first workshop, held in September 2016, showcased the capabilities of the JWST science instruments, their observing modes, and their expected in-orbit performance.

This second workshop will provide hands-on experience with the various tools to help you prepare and submit proposals for JWST. Among the tools to be showcased are the Target Visibility Tool, the Exposure Time Calculator (ETC), and the Astronomy Proposal Tool (APT).

For more information see the meeting website:
https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/jwst-2017-esac/home

Important date: Registration deadline is 8 September 2017.

Registration web page:
https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/jwst-2017-esac/registration

 

Kind regards,
Heschel Science Centre Helpdesk
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Jun
19
Upcoming Herschel related meetings and conferences
Posted by h schelp on 19 June 2017 05:36 PM

Dear Herschel colleagues,

Please find below information about two events that may be of interest to some of you:

 

Cosmic Censuses: exploiting large panchromatic surveys to understand extragalactic populations; U Sussex, UK, 9-13 October 2017

Many international observatories have been conducting surveys of the extragalactic sky at many wavelengths. Such surveys now cover 100s or 1000s of square degrees at depths sufficient to detect many different astrophysical phenomena through most of cosmic time and over volumes sufficient to provide detailed statistics, probing representative environments and to detect rare and transitory phenomena.

This meeting is organised by the Herschel Extragalactic Project (HELP) who are assembling data and tools to analyse data over the ~1200 deg^2 footprint of the Herschel surveys.

All information is available here:

http://herschel.sussex.ac.uk/meetings/2017/06/06/cosmic_census_meeting_2017.html

The intention will be to have a meeting format that is conducive to discussion and practical interaction.

The deadline for abstract submissions is 21 June 2017.
By the same date you can register your interests for various topics.

 
The Cosmic Wheel and the Legacy of the AKARI Archive: From Galaxies and Stars to Planets and Life; Tokyo, Japan, 17-20 October 2017

The aim of this conference is twofold; first to highlight the most important AKARI contributions to our understanding of astronomical processes; and second to expose the astronomical community to the potential of the AKARI legacy, so that the archive can be fully exploited in the following decades.

All information is available here:

http://www.ir.isas.jaxa.jp/AKARI/akari2017/

Submission deadline for oral presentation abstracts: 30 June 2017
Same application deadline for financial support.

Submission deadline for poster presentation abstracts: 19 September 2017



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May
17
Release of the Herschel/PACS Point Source Catalogue
Posted by h schelp on 17 May 2017 06:45 PM

Dear Herschel colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the public release of the Herschel/PACS Point Source Catalogue (HPPSC), containing close to half million entries spread between the three PACS bands.

The distribution of the detected sources in the sky and other top-level information about this catalogue can be found on the HPPSC web page at:

https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/herschel/pacs-point-source-catalogue

The catalogue consists of three major tables, one HPPSC table for each band, provided as compressed comma-separated value format files. Two additional tables are provided in the same format: one is a list of slightly extended sources (HPESL) and one is a rejected source list (HPRSL). Links for each table can be found below:

For your convenience, you can also perform queries around a particular position in the sky using the Catalog Search Tool for Herschel data available from NASA's Infrared Science Archive (IRSA), or the TAP (Table Access Protocol) service provided by the Herschel Science Archive through convenient VO tools like TOPCAT. The Herschel/PACS Point Source Catalogue is also available through ESASky.

The PACS instrument onboard Herschel mapped ~8% of the far-infrared sky. The broad-band filters were centered at 70, 100 and 160 μm, allowing an angular resolution of 5.6ʺ, 6.8ʺ and 11.3ʺ, respectively. A total number of 14,842 PACS maps were searched for catalogue sources, which were obtained as part of 430 different observing proposals, all performed in standard observing modes, but with a wide variety of science goals.

The construction procedure, the content and validation processes are detailed in the HPPSC Explanatory Supplement. We emphasize the importance of this document in allowing users to perform valid scientific studies with the catalogue. As it was derived from far-infrared observations, the Galactic cirrus emission is a major limiting factor in photometric accuracy, completeness and reliability. Please read the Cautionary Notes carefully in order to be aware of the caveats on the provided products.

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May
5

Dear Herschel colleagues,

A new version of the Herschel Interactive Data Processing Environment software (HIPE 15.0.1) is available for download at:
 
https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/herschel/hipe-download

This patch version does not contain any new functionality with respect to HIPE 15.0.0, the 'legacy' version of the Herschel data reduction and data analysis software released in mid-January, but it has been created mainly to fix an important bug discovered only very recently affecting the fitBaseline task
, used for the interactive baseline correction of HIFI data products, and another problem potentially affecting the sourceTimelineFitter task used by the SPIRE interactive data analysis software. Besides this, a few minor documentation updates have also been included in this version. None of the changes implemented affect the instrument pipelines or the legacy pipeline products contained in the Herschel Science Archive.

For more detailed information about 'What's New in HIPE 15.0.1' you can visit:

http://herschel.esac.esa.int/twiki/bin/view/Public/HipeWhatsNew15x#Highlights

As usual, please, let us know through the helpdesk if you have any problems during the downloading/installation process, or with any other aspect of this new version of HIPE and we will assist you.

Kind regards,

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