In labs across Europe and Chile we are currently building MOONS, the Multi-Object Optical and Near-infrared Spectrograph. In a few year’s time, this remarkable instrument will become the next generation spectrograph for ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, giving astronomers a new way to study our Universe.


Explore the pages that follow for more details about the instrument’s design and to discover the science we can do with this beast of an instrument. If you want more information you might find it amongst the publications, but if not please do get in touch. Follow MOONS on Twitter to keep up to date with its latest progress.

To begin proceedings, the table below gives a summary of the main instrument properties that MOONS will achieve.