Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Rising MOONS: an update on the VLT’s next multi-object spectrograph as it begins to grow

Revista : Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII
Volumen : 10702
Páginas : 107021G
Tipo de publicación : Conferencia No DCC Ir a publicación


After completion of its final-design review last year, it is full steam ahead for the construction of the MOONS instrument – the next generation multi-object spectrograph for the VLT. This remarkable instrument will combine for the first time: the 8 m collecting power of the VLT, 1000 optical fibres with individual robotic positioners and both medium- and high-resolution spectral coverage acreoss the wavelength range 0.65μm – 1.8 μm. Such a facility will allow a veritable host of Galactic, Extragalactic and Cosmological questions to be addressed. In this paper we will report on the current status of the instrument, details of the early testing of key components and the major milestones towards its delivery to the telescope.