GOODS: The Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey

GOODS unites extremely deep observations from NASA's Great Observatories, Spitzer, Hubble, and Chandra, ESA's Herschel and XMM-Newton, and from the most powerful ground-based facilities, to survey the distant universe to the faintest flux limits across the electromagnetic spectrum. GOODS data track the formation and evolution of galaxies across cosmic time and map the history of universal expansion using high redshift supernovae. The survey covers a total of roughly 320 square arcminutes in two fields centered on the Hubble Deep Field North and the Chandra Deep Field South. It incorporates a Spitzer Space Telescope Legacy Program to carry out the deepest observations with that facility at 3.6 to 24 microns, a Hubble Space Telescope Treasury Program for deep high-resolution optical imaging, and a Herschel Space Observatory open time Key Program with the deepest far-infrared observations at 100 to 500 microns. The space-based observations are complemented by ground-based imaging and spectroscopy, including extensive commitments of ESO and NOAO observing time. GOODS public data products are extensively used by the astronomical community at large.

15 December 2009: Final GOODS/ESO VIMOS spectroscopic data release

The GOODS team at ESO has completed the final data release of spectroscopy from the GOODS VLT large program (Balestra et al. 2010; Popesso et al. 2009), with more than 5000 spectra yielding almost 3000 redshifts in the GOODS-S and Extended CDF-South, including blue-sensitive observations of galaxies at redshifts 1.8 < z < 3.5. This complements previous releases of FORS2 spectroscopy for GOODS-S (Vanzella et al. 2005, 2006, 2008), optimized for red-sensitive observations of galaxies out to z=6.3. The figure shows the spatial distribution of objects from the GOODS/VIMOS campaign (red circles) over the ESO-WFI R-band image. The contours outline the areas of the 2 Ms Chandra X-ray image of the CDFS and the HST/ACS GOODS-S field.

Overview A description of the project
News and Status Survey progress, news, data releases, etc.
2010-04-10: Deep VLA 1.4 GHz data for GOODS-North
2010-03-02: Deep VLT/ISAAC K-band imaging of the HUDF
2010-03-02: HST WFC3-IR Multi-cycle Treasury Program
2009-12-29: Gemini FLAMINGOS-2 NOAO survey program: near-infrared spectra of 1000 galaxies
2009-12-22: First Herschel observations of GOODS-North
Data Products Access to reduced data products from:
  • Spitzer IRAC+MIPS
  • Hubble ACS
    2008-05-22: ACS v2.0 data products
  • Chandra Deep Fields North and South
    2008-11-01: 2 Msec Chandra CDF-S
  • ESO imaging & spectroscopy (GOODS-S)
    2009-12-15: VIMOS spectroscopy v2.0
    2009-12-07: ISAAC data paper
    2009-04-24: VIMOS U+R imaging
  • KPNO+Subaru imaging (GOODS-N)
  • Deep VLA 1.4 GHz (GOODS-N)
  • GOODS at ESO The ESO/ST-ECF GOODS web pages
    Publications GOODS-related publications by the collaboration and from the broader astronomical community.
    GOODS in
    the news
  • Press release on hidden black holes revealed by GOODS mid-infrared observations of galaxies at z=2.
  • Press release on GOODS observations of a candidate massive post-starburst galaxy at z=6.5.
  • GOODS IMAX film Quicktime and MPEG versions also available.
  • Transients Supernova candidates and other time-variable objects from the GOODS/ACS observations
    Lenses Gravitational lens candidates from the first three epochs of GOODS observations (Fassnacht et al. 2004).
    Co-investigators The GOODS team

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