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Space interferometry Mission: dynamical observations of galaxies (SIMDOG) key project
Author(s): Edward J. Shaya; R. Brent Tully; P. J. E. Peebles; John L. Tonry; Kirk Borne; Stuart N. Vogel; Adi Nusser; Dennis Zaritsky
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Paper Abstract

The Space Interferometry Mission (SIM) spacecraft will be used to measure the proper motions for a sample of ~30 nearby galaxies. At this time there are no proper motion measurements of galaxies beyond the satellite systems of the Milky Way. With the capability of measuring absolute positions to 4 mas (microarcsecond) accuracy and a five-year baseline, SIM will be able to measure proper motions as small as 10 km/s over the Local Group and 40 km/s at 4 Mpc. The motion of each galaxy will be monitored by targeting 5-10 stars that are brighter than 20th magnitude. SIM measurements will lead to knowledge of the full 6-dimensional position and velocity vectors of each galaxy. In conjunction with gravitational flow modeling, improved total mass measurements of individual galaxies and the fractional contribution of dark matter to galaxies of the Local Group will be obtained. The project includes development of theoretical methods for orbital calculations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 February 2003
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4852, Interferometry in Space, (26 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.460695
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Edward J. Shaya, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. and Univ. of Maryland (United States)
R. Brent Tully, Univ. of Hawaii (United States)
P. J. E. Peebles, Princeton Univ. (United States)
John L. Tonry, Univ. of Hawaii (United States)
Kirk Borne, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Stuart N. Vogel, Univ. of Maryland (United States)
Adi Nusser, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (Israel)
Dennis Zaritsky, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4852:
Interferometry in Space
Michael Shao, Editor(s)

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