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Enabling science with Gaia observations of naked-eye stars

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J. Sahlmann

European Space Agency (United States)

J. Martín-Fleitas, A. Mora, A. Abreu, C. M. Crowley, E. Joliet

European Space Astronomy Ctr. (Spain)

Proc. SPIE 9904, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 99042E (July 29, 2016); doi:10.1117/12.2231240
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  • 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
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom | June 26, 2016

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. © (2016) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.

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J. Sahlmann ; J. Martín-Fleitas ; A. Mora ; A. Abreu ; C. M. Crowley, et al.
" Enabling science with Gaia observations of naked-eye stars ", Proc. SPIE 9904, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 99042E (July 29, 2016); doi:10.1117/12.2231240; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2231240


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