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New paper: X-Shooting ULLYSES: massive stars at low metallicity I. Project Description

It was back in 2020 during the pandemic that the first call for the XShootU collaboration was sent. I had really little idea of what would follow, but I fount it definitely motivating to participate. Therefore I volunteer to help with the data reduction. After 2.5 years we are getting close to the first public release of this data. The current first (in a probable very long series of papers to follow) paper is on the project description. The second paper on data reduction will soon follow…

X-Shooting ULLYSES: massive stars at low metallicityI. Project Description

Jorick S. Vink, A. Mehner, P. A. Crowther, A. Fullerton, M. Garcia, F. Martins, N. Morrell, L.M.
Oskinova, N. St-Louis, A. ud-Doula, A.A.C. Sander, H. Sana, J.-C. Bouret, B. Kubátová, P. Marchant, L.P.
Martins, A. Wofford, J. Th. van Loon, O. Grace Telford, Y. Götberg, D.M. Bowman, C. Erba,
V.M. Kalari, M. Abdul-Masih, T. Alkousa, F. Backs, C.L. Barbosa, S.R. Berlanas, M. Bernini-Peron,
J.M. Bestenlehner, R. Blomme, J. Bodensteiner, S.A. Brands, C.J. Evans, A. David-Uraz, F.A.
Driessen, K. Dsilva, S. Geen, V.M.A.Gómez-González, L. Grassitelli, W.-R. Hamann, C. Hawcroft, A.
Herrero, E.R. Higgins, D. John Hillier, R. Ignace, A.G. Istrate, L. Kaper, N.D. Kee, C. Kehrig, Z.
Keszthelyi, J. Klencki, A. de Koter, R. Kuiper, E. Laplace, C.J.K. Larkin, R. R. Lefever, C.
Leitherer, D.J. Lennon, L. Mahy, J. Maíz Apellániz, G. Maravelias, W. Marcolino, A. F. McLeod,
S.E. de Mink, F. Najarro, M. S. Oey, T.N. Parsons, D. Pauli, M.G. Pedersen, R.K. Prinja, V.
Ramachandran, M.C. Ramírez-Tannus, G.N. Sabhahit, A. Schootemeijer, S. Reyero Serantes, T. Shenar,
G.S. Stringfellow, N. Sudnik, F. Tramper, and L. Wang

Observations of individual massive stars, super-luminous supernovae, gamma-ray bursts, and gravitational-wave events involving spectacular black-hole mergers, indicate that the low-metallicity Universe is fundamentally different from our own Galaxy. Many transient phenomena will remain enigmatic until we achieve a firm understanding of the physics and evolution of massive stars at low metallicity (Z). The Hubble Space Telescope has devoted 500 orbits to observe ∼250 massive stars at low Z in the ultraviolet (UV) with the COS and STIS spectrographs under the ULLYSES program. The complementary “X-Shooting ULLYSES” (XShootU) project provides enhanced legacy value with high-quality optical and near-infrared spectra obtained with the wide-wavelength coverage X-shooter spectrograph at ESO’s Very Large Telescope. We present an overview of the XShootU project, showing that combining ULLYSES UV and XShootU optical spectra is critical for the uniform determination of stellar parameters such as effective temperature, surface gravity, luminosity, and abundances, as well as wind properties such as mass-loss rates in function of Z. As uncertainties in stellar and wind parameters percolate into many adjacent areas of Astrophysics, the data and modelling of the XShootU project is expected to be a game-changer for our physical understanding of massive stars at low Z. To be able to confidently interpret James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) spectra of the first stellar generations, the individual spectra of low Z stars need to be understood, which is exactly where XShootU can deliver.

Fig. 6. Reduced X-shooter spectra for a range of spectral types of single-star supergiants (top) and dwarfs (bottom – not shown). For illustration purposes the flux of each spectrum was divided by its mean value and an arbitrary offset was added. The grey regions correspond to the UVB-VIS common wavelength coverage (∼ 5500 Å), a gap due to bad pixel masking (∼ 6360 Å), and telluric absorption. Minor manual treatment to remove strong cosmic rays was performed.

arXiv: 2305.06376

Pro-Am collaborations in Planetary Astronomy – review paper

Mousis O., et al., 2013, arXiv:1305.3647
Instrumental Methods for Professional and Amateur Collaborations in Planetary Astronomy

This is a great collective work on various professional-amateur collaborations (written by both professionals and amateurs) regarding aspects of Planetary Astronomy, such as: terrestial planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars), gaseous planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Poseidon), interstellar dust (meteoroids, meteors, fireballs, meteorites), Jupiter impacts, Lunar flashes, asteroids, comets, Kuiper belt objects and Centaurs, exoplanets.

I find it a really inspiring paper for both kinds! I hope that we will see more of these collaborations in the future, since the is a continuous advance in amateur contributions to Astronomy during the last decades.