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MOONS: The New Multi-Object Spectrograph for the VLT

Michele Cirasuolo Alasdair Fairley Phil Rees Oscar A. Gonzalez William Taylor Roberto Maiolino Jose Afonso Chris Evans Hector Flores 1 Simon Lilly Ernesto Oliva Stephane Paltani Leonardo Vanzi Manuel Abreu Matteo Accardo Nathan Adams Domingo Álvarez Méndez Jean-Philippe Amans 1 Stergios Amarantidis Hakim Atek 1 David Atkinson Manda Banerji Joe Barrett Felipe Barrientos Franz Bauer Steven Beard Clementine Béchet Andrea Belfiore Michele Bellazzini Christophe Benoist 2, 3 Philip Best Katia Biazzo Martin Black David Boettger Piercarlo Bonifacio 1 Rebecca Bowler Angela Bragaglia Saskia Brierley Jarle Brinchmann Martin Brinkmann Veronique Buat 4 Fernando Buitrago Denis Burgarella 4 Ben Burningham David Buscher Alexandre Cabral Elisabetta Caffau 1 Leandro Cardoso Adam Carnall Marcella Carollo Roberto Castillo Gianluca Castignani Marco Catelan Claudia Cicone Andrea Cimatti Maria-Rosa L. Cioni Gisella Clementini William Cochrane João Coelho Miriam Colling Thierry Contini 5 Rodrigo Contreras Ralf Conzelmann Giovanni Cresci Mark Cropper Olga Cucciati Fergus Cullen Claudio Cumani Mirko Curti Antonio da Silva Emanuele Daddi 6 Emanuele Dalessandro Francesco Dalessio Louise Dauvin George Davidson Patrick de Laverny 2 Françoise Delplancke-Ströbele Gabriella de Lucia Ciro del Vecchio Miroslava Dessauges-Zavadsky Paola Di Matteo 1 Herve Dole 7 Holger Drass Jim Dunlop Rolando Dünner Steve Eales Richard Ellis Bruno Enriques Giles Fasola 1 Annette Ferguson Debora Ferruzzi Martin Fisher Mauricio Flores Adriano Fontana Vincenzo Forchi Patrick Francois 1 Paolo Franzetti Adriana Gargiulo Bianca Garilli Julien Gaudemard 1 Mark Gieles Gerry Gilmore Michele Ginolfi Jean Michel Gomes Isabelle Guinouard 1 Pablo Gutierrez Régis Haigron 1 François Hammer 1 Peter Hammersley Chris Haniff Chris Harrison Misha Haywood 1 Vanessa Hill 2 Norbert Hubin Andrew Humphrey Rodrigo Ibata 8 Leopoldo Infante Derek Ives Rob Ivison Olaf Iwert Pascale Jablonka Gerd Jakob Matt Jarvis David King Jean-Paul Kneib Philippe Laporte 1 Andy Lawrence David Lee Gianluca Li Causi Silvio Lorenzoni Sara Lucatello Yerco Luco Alastair Macleod Manuela Magliocchetti Laura Magrini Vincenzo Mainieri Charles Maire Filippo Mannucci Nicolas Martin 8 Israel Matute Sophie Maurogordato 2, 3 Sean Mcgee Derek Mcleod Ross Mclure Richard Mcmahon Basile-Thierry Melse 1 Hugo Messias Alessio Mucciarelli Brunella Nisini Johannes Nix Peder Norberg Pascal Oesch António Oliveira Livia Origlia Nelson Padilla Ralf Palsa Elena Pancino Polychronis Papaderos Ciro Pappalardo Ian Parry Luca Pasquini John Peacock Fernando Pedichini Roser Pello 4 Yingjie Peng Laura Pentericci Oliver Pfuhl Roberto Piazzesi Dan Popovic Lucia Pozzetti Mathieu Puech 1 Thomas Puzia Anand Raichoor Sofia Randich Alejandra Recio-Blanco 2 Sandra Reis Florent Reix 1 Alvio Renzini Myriam Rodrigues 1 Felipe Rojas Álvaro Rojas-Arriagada Stefano Rota Frédéric Royer 1 Germano Sacco Ruben Sanchez-Janssen Nicoletta Sanna Pedro Santos Marc Sarzi Daniel Schaerer Ricardo Schiavon Robin Schnell Mathias Schultheis 2 Marco Scodeggio Steve Serjeant Tzu-Chiang Shen Charlotte Simmonds Jonathan Smoker David Sobral Michael Sordet Damien Spérone Jonathan Strachan Xiaowei Sun Mark Swinbank Graham Tait Ismael Tereno Rita Tojeiro Miguel Torres Monica Tosi Andrea Tozzi Ezequiel Tresiter Elena Valenti Álvaro Valenzuela Navarro Eros Vanzella Susanna Vergani 1 Anne Verhamme Joël Vernet Cristian Vignali Jakob Vinther Lauren von Dran Chris Waring Stephen Watson Vivienne Wild Bart Willesme Brian Woodward Stijn Wuyts Yanbin Yang 1 Gianni Zamorani Manuela Zoccali Asa Bluck James Trussler
Abstract : MOONS is the new Multi-Object Optical and Near-infrared Spectrograph currently under construction for the Very Large Telescope (VLT) at ESO. This remarkable instrument combines, for the first time, the collecting power of an 8-m telescope, 1000 fibres with individual robotic positioners, and both low- and high-resolution simultaneous spectral coverage across the 0.64–1.8 μm wavelength range. This facility will provide the astronomical community with a powerful, world-leading instrument able to serve a wide range of Galactic, extragalactic and cosmological studies. Construction is now proceeding full steam ahead and this overview article presents some of the science goals and the technical description of the MOONS instrument. More detailed information on the MOONS surveys is provided in the other dedicated articles in this Messenger issue.
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Michele Cirasuolo, Alasdair Fairley, Phil Rees, Oscar A. Gonzalez, William Taylor, et al.. MOONS: The New Multi-Object Spectrograph for the VLT. Eso Messenger, 2020, 180, pp.10-17. ⟨10.18727/0722-6691/5195⟩. ⟨hal-02955869⟩

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