VVV: The near-IR Milky Way bulge and plane survey

M. Rejkuba, O. A. Gonzalez, I. Toledo, D. Minniti, P. Lucas

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The ESO public survey "VISTA Variables in the Via Lactea" (VVV) started mapping the inner disk and bulge of our Galaxy with the VISTA 4m telescope in the near-IR in 2010. The planned survey area of 520 deg2 is observed in the Z, Y, J, H and Ks filters, and in addition more than 100 epochs of repeated imaging in Ks will be collected over ∼5 years. The final products will be a deep near-IR atlas in five passbands, and catalogue of more than a million variable sources. This public survey will provide data available to the whole community and therefore will enable further studies of the history of the Milky Way, its star cluster evolution, and the population census of the Galactic Bulge and center, as well as the investigations of the star formation regions in the disk.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAssembling the Puzzle of the Milky Way
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventInternational Conference on Assembling the Puzzle of the Milky Way - Le Grand-Bornand, France
Duration: 17 Apr 201122 Apr 2011

Publication series

NameEPJ Web of Conferences
ISSN (Print)2101-6275
ISSN (Electronic)2100-014X


OtherInternational Conference on Assembling the Puzzle of the Milky Way
CityLe Grand-Bornand

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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