KiDS: the Kilo Degree Survey

The VLT Survey Telescope at sunset at Paranal Observatory

KiDS, the Kilo-Degree Survey, is a new, large-scale optical imaging survey in the Southern sky, designed to tackle some of the most fundamental questions of cosmology and galaxy formation of today. Using the VLT Survey Telescope (VST), located at the ESO Paranal Observatory, KiDS will map 1500 square degrees of the night sky in four filters (u, g, r, i).

On this website you will find extensive information about KiDS, including details of the survey specifications, the main scientific drivers, and data availability. Please contact us if you want to know even more about the project!

News: KiDS Data Release 1 available

The first public data release of KiDS (KiDS-ESO-DR1) is available. It encompasses the first 50 square degrees that were observed successfully in all filters. Provided in this release are the calibrated, stacked images and their weights, as well as masks and single-band source lists extracted from the stacks. The data is available via the ESO archive facility, as well as via the AstroWISE Information System.

Please visit the KiDS Data Release 1 pages for details and data access.