01/29/2015 The last two sets of Frontier Fields have been recommended and approved for observation in HST Cycle 23. For the full report of the HFF Midterm Review committee see here. Observational plans for AbellS1063 (HST DD 14037) and Abell 370 (HST DD 14038) are now available.
01/09/2014 Epoch 1 for MACS1149 and its parallel field is complete and v0.5 data products have been released.
12/03/2014 Epoch 1 for MACS0717 and its parallel field is complete and v1.0 data products have been released.
11/28/2014 v0.5 data products for Epoch 1 of MACS1149 have been released.
09/24/2014 Epoch 2 for MACSJ0416 and its parallel field is complete and v1.0 data products have been released.
09/15/2014 ESO/MPG-2.2m WFI optical wide field observations of MACSJ0416 are now publicly available.
09/09/2014 Gemini MACSJ0416.1-2403 reduced data is now available.
08/09/2014 First v0.5 data release for Epoch 2 of MACSJ0416.1-2403 and its parallel field is now available.
07/25/2014 Epoch 2 for Abell 2744 and its parallel field is complete and v1.0 data products have been released. Our first cluster is complete!
05/24/2014 First v0.5 data release of Abell 2744 Epoch 2 now available in the archive. See MAST Frontier Fields.
03/04/2014 Epoch 1 for MACS0416.1-2403 and its parallel field is complete and v1.0 data products have been released.
01/11/2014 First v0.5 data release of MACS0416.1-2403 now available in the archive. See MAST Frontier Fields.
12/17/2013 Epoch 1 for Abell 2744 and its parallel field is complete and v1.0 data products have been released.
10/25/2013 First Abell 2744 and its parallel field data are in the archive. See MAST Frontier Fields.
10/21/2013 First Frontier Fields discovery of a supernova by Jennifer Lotz! See discovery announcement.
10/17/2013 First data from MACSJ0717.5+3745 is available in the archive. See MAST Frontier Fields.
10/16/2013 Lensing models release for Abell 2744! See Frontier Fields Lens Models.
The Frontier Fields Goals
Using Director's Discretionary (DD) observing time, HST is undertaking a revolutionary deep field observing program to peer deeper into the Universe than ever before and provide a first glimpse of JWST's universe.
These Frontier Fields will combine the power of HST with the natural gravitational telescopes of high-magnification clusters of galaxies. Using both the Wide Field Camera 3 and Advanced Camera for Surveys in parallel, HST will produce the deepest observations of clusters and their lensed galaxies ever obtained, and the second-deepest observations of blank fields (located near the clusters). These images will reveal distant galaxy populations ~10-100 times fainter than any previously observed, improve our statistical understanding of galaxies during the epoch of reionization, and provide unprecedented measurements of the dark matter within massive clusters.
This program is based upon the 2012 recommendations from the Hubble Deep Fields Initiative Science Working group: SWG Report 2012
Six Frontier Fields
|Cluster Name||z||Cluster||Parallel Field|
|Abell S1063 (RXCJ2248.7-4431)||0.348||22:48:44.4||-44:31:48.5||22:49:17.7||-44:32:43.8|