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Enabling science with Gaia observations of naked-eye stars
Author(s): J. Sahlmann; J. Martín-Fleitas; A. Mora; A. Abreu; C. M. Crowley; E. Joliet
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Paper Abstract

ESA’s Gaia space astrometry mission is performing an all-sky survey of stellar objects. At the beginning of the nominal mission in July 2014, an operation scheme was adopted that enabled Gaia to routinely acquire observations of all stars brighter than the original limit of G∼6, i.e. the naked-eye stars. Here, we describe the current status and extent of those observations and their on-ground processing. We present an overview of the data products generated for G<6 stars and the potential scientific applications. Finally, we discuss how the Gaia survey could be enhanced by further exploiting the techniques we developed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 2016
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 9904, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 99042E (29 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231240
Show Author Affiliations
J. Sahlmann, European Space Agency (United States)
European Space Astronomy Ctr. (Spain)
J. Martín-Fleitas, European Space Astronomy Ctr. (Spain)
Aurora Technology (Netherlands)
A. Mora, European Space Astronomy Ctr. (Spain)
Aurora Technology (Netherlands)
A. Abreu, European Space Astronomy Ctr. (Spain)
Elecnor Deimos Space (Spain)
C. M. Crowley, European Space Astronomy Ctr. (Spain)
HE Space Operations BV (Netherlands)
E. Joliet, European Space Astronomy Ctr. (Spain)
California Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9904:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Howard A. MacEwen; Giovanni G. Fazio; Makenzie Lystrup; Natalie Batalha; Nicholas Siegler; Edward C. Tong, Editor(s)

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