About Me


  • Bachelor degree in Astronomy, University of Padova, 2013
  • Master Degree in Astronomy, University of Padova, 2015
  • Ph.D. in Astronomy, Universtity of Padova, 2019
  • Research Interests: I started my career in Astronomy studying active galactic nuclei (AGN) and the impact they have on their host galaxy. In particular, I focused on the study of their most extended structures both in the optical (the extended narrow-line region) and in the radio band. Towards the end of my Ph.D., my interest shifted more towards normal star-forming galaxies, the impact of star formation on their structure and evolution and the properties of the ionized gas. Right now, I am principally interested in identifying, classifying and characterizing ionized nebulae in nearby star-forming galaxies observed by MUSE.



    As a member of the PHANGS collaboration, my interest focuses on the identification, classification andf characterization of ionized nebulae in the PHANGS-MUSE sample. In particular, I am focusing in developing new automatic ways to classify nebulae taking advantage of the wealth of information that can be recovered from the MUSE datacubes. I recently published a first work on this topic, that focuses on using a model-comparison-based algorithm to classifify the most common classes of nebulae (link). I am also a member of the PHANGS-MUSE team, and I contribute to the reduction and analysis of the MUSE data acquired by the collaboration.

    I am a member of the Local Volume Mapper (LVM) science team. I joined the collaboration during my postdoc at Universidad de Chile. I am interested in the new view that LVM will give us on the Milky Way, which will allow to finally connect Galactic to extragalactic physics. As part of the team, I developed, in collaboration with Oleg Egorov, the LVM data simulator, a software that allows to simulate raw and reduced LVM data and that can be used as a tool to plan observations but also for forward modeling studies, since it allows to compare detailed simulations of nebulae or other objects with the actual results of LVM observations

    Publications: Link to ADS

    First author papers:

  • 2023 — PHANGS-MUSE: Detection and Bayesian classification of ~40000 ionised nebulae in nearby spiral galaxies
  • 2020 — The radio structure of the narrow-line Seyfert 1 Mrk 783 with VLBA and e-MERLIN
  • 2017 — Kiloparsec-scale emission in the narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxy Mrk 783
  • 2017 — High-resolution spectroscopy of the extended narrow-line region of IC 5063 and NGC 7212
  • Observatory

    As part of my duties as an ESO fellow, I spend half of my time working at the Paranal observatory. I regularly support operations at UT4, one of the main telescopes of the observatory, and I am part of the team supporting and monitoring the MUSE integral field spectrograph.

    Next shifts:

  • April 23 — May 3, 2024
  • June 13 — 24, 2024
  • Contact

    Email: econgiu@eso.org

    Address: Dr. Enrico Congiu, ESO Chile Science Office Vitacura-SCV, Av Alonso de Cordova 3107, ZIP 7630355, Santiago, Chile