GOODS Project Status and Updates

10 April 2010: Extremely deep 1.4 GHz VLA observations of GOODS-North
Glenn Morrison (IfA, U. Hawaii; CFHT) and colleagues have released extremely deep VLA 1.4 GHz observations of the GOODS-North field. 165 hours of VLA observations in the A, B, C and D configurations were combined to produce an image with RMS noise of 3.9 microJy per beam at phase center, one of the deepest radio data observations ever made. The observations are described and source catalogs are presented in
Morrison et al. 2010, ApJ, 188, 178. FITS data files are available at data release.

02 March 2010: VLT/ISAAC imaging of the Hubble Ultradeep Field
The GOODS ESO team has released
extremely deep K-band images of the Hubble Ultradeep Field. The data products combine deep VLT/ISAAC K-band imaging obtained by Ivo Labbe and collaborators with previous GOODS ISAAC K-band imaging in this area. The final image has a total exposure time of 25.3 hours, with a net PSF FWHM of 0.36 arcsec, and reaches a median 5-sigma point source limiting magnitude of 25.6, 0.67 mag deeper than the GOODS ISAAC K-band data alone. The image products are available from the ESO Archive.

19 January 2010: Hubble Space Telescope Multicycle Treasury Program for GOODS and other fields
Two proposals for very large, multi-year programs of Hubble Space Telescope observations of GOODS and other cosmological survey fields have been jointly approved, with a total observing time of 902 orbits. The project will survey the rest-frame optical wavelength properties of galaxies at 1.5 < z < 3, make a census of star-forming galaxies at 6 < z < 9, and will detect type Ia supernovae at z > 1.5 for cosmological studies. Drs. Sandra Faber (University of California Santa Cruz) and Harry Ferguson (STScI) are the co-PIs for the merged program, which will use the Wide Field Camera 3 infrared channel (WFC3-IR), as well as the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) optical imager, to obtain data in five fields: GOODS-North and -South, the Extended Groth Strip (EGS), the UK Infrared Deep Sky Survey (UKIDSS) Ultra-Deep Survey (UDS) field, and the Cosmic Evolution Survey (COSMOS) field. A total solid angle of approximately 900 square arcminutes will be surveyed with deep near-infrared J- and H-band WFC3-IR imaging. Additionally, about 40% of the GOODS area will be imaged to substantially deeper limits, and in the Y-band (1.05 micron) filter as well, enabling the identification and study of very high redshift galaxies. GOODS-North is in the HST Continuous Viewing Zone, enabling ultraviolet observations in that field with the WFC3-UVIS channel. Distant supernovae detected in the WFC3-IR imaging will be followed up with a combination of grism spectroscopy and photometric monitoring of their light curves.

A temporary web site briefly describes the project and will be expanded in the future. In particular, a detailed abstract gives more information about the fields, filters and exposure times. This same abstact, along with those of two other approved Multicycle Treasury Programs, is also available at the STScI MCTP web site.

29 December 2009: Gemini / FLAMINGOS-2 infrared spectroscopic survey of GOODS-South
Mark Dickinson (NOAO) and Anthony Gonzalez (Univ. Florida) are co-PIs for an NOAO Survey Program to obtain near-infrared spectra of 1000 galaxies in GOODS-South with the
FLAMINGOS-2 multi-object spectrograph (see also the UF F2 web site) at the Gemini-South observatory. The NOAO Survey Program will be supplemented by additional guaranteed time granted to the FLAMINGOS-2 principal investigator, Steve Eikenberry (UF). This will be the first large-scale near-infrared spectroscopic survey of high redshift galaxies and is designed to measure redshifts and nebular line diagnostics for galaxies and AGN primarily at 1.4 < z < 2.5. The observations will be carried out over two years in 2010 and 2011.

22 December 2009: First Herschel observations of the GOODS fields.
Early observations from the Herschel Space Observatory were presented at a workshop in Madrid, Spain on 17-18 December 2009. The GOODS-North field was observed during Science Demonstration Phase observations by both the PACS and SPIRE instrument teams as part of their guaranteed time programs.
Presentations from the workshop include images and early scientific results for GOODS-N:

The GOODS-Herschel Open Time Key Program, led by David Elbaz (CEA/Saclay), will observe GOODS-N in 2010 with substantially longer exposure times using both instruments, and will also obtain an ultradeep observation with PACS at 100 and 160 microns covering approximately 42 square arcminutes in GOODS-South.

15 December 2009: Second and final data release (v2.0) of VLT/VIMOS spectroscopy for GOODS-S
See Balestra et al., A&A, in press

7 December 2009: GOODS ISAAC data paper: Retzlaff et al. 2010, A&A, 511, 50
This data paper describes the deep near-infrared imaging of GOODS-S with VLT ISAAC. Reduced public data products are available at the ESO GOODS web site

1 November 2009: The CXC director's office has announced plans for an additional 2 Msec of Chandra exposure time on the Chandra Deep Field South (CDF-S, including GOODS-S), which will increase the total exposure time to 4 Msec. Observations are likely to be carried out in two parts, in Spring 2010 and 2011, respectively.

24 April 2009: VLT/VIMOS U- and R-band imaging data products (v1.0) for GOODS-S
See Nonino et al. 2009

1 November 2008: Public release of Chandra Deep Field South 2 Msec data and catalogs
See Luo et al. 2008

22 May 2008: GOODS HST/ACS version 2.0 data release
The new v2.0 images incorporate additional ACS data taken as part of the continued search for high redshift in HST Cycles 12 and 13. The new data increase the exposure time in the F850LP band by factors of 2.3 and 1.7 in GOODS-N and -S, respectively, with more modest increments in F775W and F606W as well. Catalogs (r2.0z) are also available, as well as a new ACS cutout image server.

18 February 2008: First public release of VLT/VIMOS spectroscopy for GOODS-S.

16 January 2008: GOODS-Herschel Open Time Key Program accepted!
David Elbaz (CEA/Saclay) is PI for an open time Key Program of far-infrared obserations of the GOODS fields using the Herschel Space Observatory, whose launch is planned for later in 2008. The program has been awarded 362.6 hours of Herschel observing time, and consists of the following components:

The "superdeep" observations of GOODS-S match the exposure times planned for the equivalent program on GOODS-South in the Guaranteed Time Key Programs (PACS and HerMES). The "ultradeep" observations will cover a portion of GOODS-S with PACS with the longest exposure times and faintest flux limits planned for the observatory.

31 October 2007: Third and final release of VLT/FORS2 spectroscopic data products for GOODS-S.
See Vanzella et al., 2008, A&A 478, 83, The Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey. VLT/FORS2 spectroscopy in the GOODS-South Field: Part III

10 September 2007: Final (v2.0) release of VLT/ISAAC JHKs imaging for GOODS-S

1 September 2006: Postdoc opportunities at NOAO
Two or more postdoc positions for (1) new post-GOODS far-infrared (MIPS) Spitzer Legacy survey of the ECDFS and EGS; (2) "inter-survey" research combining data from GOODS, the new MIPS Legacy survey, NDWFS/Bootes, etc. Application deadline: 31 Oct 2006; however, early applications will be considered immeditely for the Spitzer Legacy positions.

29 December 2005: Third GOODS Spitzer data release (DR3):
IRAC "superdeep" images for second-epoch observations of both GOODS fields

24 December 2005: Second release of VLT/FORS2 spectroscopic data products for GOODS-S.
See Vanzella et al., 2006, A&A 454, 423, The Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey. VLT/FORS2 spectroscopy in the GOODS-South Field: Part II

1 December 2005: GOODS postdoctoral position(s) at NOAO
One or more postdoc positions working on GOODS and other surveys, with Mark Dickinson at NOAO.

27 September 2005: GOODS observations of a candidate massive post-starburst galaxy at z=6.5.
Press releases from the Spitzer Science Center and Space Telescope Science Institute

10 May 2005: Second GOODS Spitzer data release (DR2):
MIPS 24 micron images and source lists for GOODS-S, and new (v0.3) rereductions of IRAC images for GOODS-S.

9 February 2005: First interim GOODS Spitzer data release (DR1+):
MIPS 24 micron images and source lists for GOODS-N

27 October 2004: First GOODS Spitzer data release (DR1):
IRAC "superdeep" images for first-epoch observations of both GOODS fields

25 June 2004: First release of VLT/FORS2 spectroscopic data products for GOODS-S.
See Vanzella et al., 2005, A&A 434, 53, The Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey. VLT/FORS2 spectroscopy in the GOODS-South Field

24 June 2004: GOODS IMAX Film released

1 June 2004: Press release on GOODS Spitzer+HST+Chandra observations of hidden black holes and optically invisible galaxies.

28 May 2004: ESO and ESA Press Releases on AVO/GOODS science: Discovering missing black holes: First Science from a Virtual Observatory

24 May 2004: v1.0 ESO/ISAAC GOODS data release

27 April 2004: r1.1z GOODS ACS catalogs are now available.
See README file for a detailed explanation.

22 December 2003: r1.0z GOODS ACS catalogs are now available.
See README file for a detailed explanation.

18 December 2003: SIRTF renamed the Spitzer Space Telescope.
See early release images and press information

9 December 2003:More ESO/VLT FORS2 spectroscopy
Updated/expanded release of redshifts and spectra from the GOODS ESO spectroscopic campaign.

1 December 2003: GOODS postdoctoral positions
One or more postdoc positions working on GOODS, especially SIRTF data, with Mark Dickinson at NOAO.

5 September 2003: ESO/VLT FORS2 spectroscopy.
First data release from the GOODS ESO spectroscopic campaign.

4 September 2003: First images with SIRTF/IRAC

4 September 2003: GOODS publications
Papers by the GOODS team and from others in the astronomical community using GOODS data.

29 August 2003: V1.0 GOODS HST/ACS Data Release
Mosaicked stacks combining all 5 epochs of observation are available for ftp. See README file for more details and this NOTE on current availability and updates.

25 August 2003: SIRTF is up!
See pictures of launch and regular updates on mission status at the SIRTF Science Center web pages

20 June 2003: GOODS in the news!
See STScI press release on HST + Chandra observations, and reports at CNN, NY Times, and elswhere.

6 June 2003: Version v0.5 release
CDF-S Epochs 1-5 and HDF-N Epoch 1-4, B,V,i & z have been released and are available to the public. The v0.5 data release will be complete 7/19/03 with the release of HDF-N Epoch 5.

27 May 2003: GOODS transient search results
The full complement of eight transient searches has been completed and public results are posted here.

8 October 2002: The GOODS team congratulates Co-Investigator Riccardo Giacconi on the award of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physics for his pioneering work on X-Ray astrophysics.

7 October 2002: Version v0.5 data release begun with Epoch-1, reduced B, V, i, z ACS images in the CDF-S. Release information available here.

25 September 2002: First CDF-S ACS transient search successfully completed.

9 April 2002: ESO VLT/ISAAC CDF-S near-infrared data (version 0.5) release

9 April 2002: CTIO 4m/MOSAIC CDF-S U-band data (version 0.5) release

15 March 2002: SIRTF spacecraft and cryogenic telescope assembly mated together....we have an observatory!

6 December 2001: GOODS HST Treasury Program approved.

3 October 2001: SIRTF Astronomical Observing Requests (AORs) submitted. These are the "phase 2" formatted instructions for the detailed structure of SIRTF observations. They will be used by the SSC to implement and schedule the GOODS program.

14 February 2001: First KPNO 4m FLAMINGOS observations for GOODS!

17 November 2000: The GOODS proposal was approved for the SIRTF Legacy program.

Announcements, press releases and articles:


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