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The MUSE-Wide Survey: survey description and first data release

T. Urrutia, L. Wisotzki, J. Kerutt, K. B. Schmidt, E. C. Herenz, J. Klar, R. Saust, M. Werhahn, C. Diener, J. Caruana, D. Krajnović, R. Bacon, L. A. Boogaard, J. Brinchmann, H. Enke, M. V. Maseda, T. Nanayakkara, J. Richard, M. Steinmetz, P. M. Weilbacher

We present the MUSE-Wide survey, a blind, 3D spectroscopic survey in the CANDELS/GOODS-S and CANDELS/COSMOS regions. The final survey will cover 100 × 1 arcmin2 MUSE fields. Each MUSE-Wide pointing has a depth of one hour and hence targets more extreme and more luminous objects over ten times the area of the MUSE-Deep fields. The legacy value of MUSE-Wide lies in providing “spectroscopy of everything” without photometric pre-selection. We describe the data reduction, post-processing and PSF characterization of the first 44 CANDELS/GOODS-S MUSE-Wide pointings released with this publication. Using a 3D matched filtering approach we detect 1602 emission line sources, including 479 Lyman-α (Lyα) emitting galaxies with redshifts 2.9 ≲ z ≲ 6.3. We cross-matched the emission line sources to existing photometric catalogs, finding almost complete agreement in redshifts (photometric and spectroscopic) and stellar masses for our low redshift (z <  1.5) emitters. At high redshift, we only find ∼55% matches to photometric catalogs. We encounter a higher outlier rate and a systematic offset of Δz ≃ 0.2 when comparing our MUSE redshifts with photometric redshifts from the literature. Cross-matching the emission line sources with X-ray catalogs from the Chandra Deep Field South, we find 127 matches, mostly in agreement with the literature redshifts, including ten objects with no prior spectroscopic identification. Stacking X-ray images centered on our Lyα emitters yields no signal; the Lyα population is not dominated by even low luminosity AGN. Other cross-matches of our emission-line catalog to radio and submillimeter data, yielded far lower numbers of matches, most of which already were covered by the X-ray catalog. A total of 9205 photometrically selected objects from the CANDELS survey lie in the MUSE-Wide footprint, of which we provide optimally extracted 1D spectra. We are able to determine the spectroscopic redshift of 98% of 772 photometrically selected galaxies brighter than 24th F775W magnitude. All the data in the first data release - datacubes, catalogs, extracted spectra, maps - are available on the MUSE-Wide data release webpage.

surveys / galaxies: general / galaxies: distances and redshifts / galaxies: active

All the data in the first data release are available on the website In addition, four ancillary tables are available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to ( or via
★★ Based on observations carried out at the European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere under ESO programs 094.A-0205, 095.A-0240, 096.A-0090, 097.A-0160 and 098.A-0017.

Astronomy & Astrophysics
Volume 624, Article Number A141, Number of pages 24
2019 April

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Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia