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Report on the ESO Workshop “Solar System Science with the ELTs”

  • Kokotanekova, Rosita [European Southern Observatory (ESO); Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria; Edinburgh University, UK]
  • Hainaut, Olivier [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Cirasuolo, Michele [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]
  • Padovani, Paolo [European Southern Observatory (ESO)]

Astronomical News

Solar System Science with the ELTs was a two-part workshop, Part I of which took place virtually on 28 April 2022, followed by Part II as a hybrid meeting at ESO headquarters on 13–15 June 2022. The main motivation for the meeting was to engage the community of Solar System observers in preparation for the forthcoming extremely large telescopes. A special emphasis was placed on exploring how ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope (ESO’s ELT), alongside the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) and the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), will fit into the expanding landscape of ground- and space-based facilities and transform Solar System research. The meeting brought together instrument experts and observers at all career stages, working on six continents, and representing the different sub-fields of planetary science. A Zenodo collection of the workshop presentations and discussions was publicly released to the community as a valuable resource to inspire and facilitate the development of the first extremely large telescope observing programmes. Solar System Science with the ELTs was envisaged as the first of the three-part conference series Extremely Big Eyes on the Solar System and set the stage for two further workshops in North America and Asia.

Created: 2022-12-01/2022-12-31
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Cite this article:

Kokotanekova, R., Hainaut, O., Cirasuolo, M., Padovani, P.; Report on the ESO Workshop "Solar System Science with the ELTs". The Messenger 189 (December 2022): 48–50.