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<sup>'''New VVV Survey site: [[www.vvvsurvey.org]]'''</sup></big>
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==New!==
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===Take a look at ESO Public Surveys Overview of Phase 3 Data Releases at http://www.eso.org/sci/observing/phase3/data_releases.html===
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===VVV Survey , VISTA telescope and VLT at Canal 13 Cable, programa TECNOCIENCIA TEMPORADA 03 CAPITULO 10, "http://player.vimeo.com/video/68221713?byline=0"===
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===Check out a movie about VVV at http://youtu.be/wNpdBwVpmeE===
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===Check out our twitter account @VVVScienceTeam  http://twitter.com/VVVScienceTeam===
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* background image by Ignacio Toledo and object locations by Bruno Dias
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* new papers and news will be twitted, e-mail them to vvvscienceteam@gmail.com
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<div style="font-size:250%; border:none; margin:0; padding:.1em; color:#000;">Welcome to [[VVV_Survey:About|VVV Survey]],</div>
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<div style="top:10.0em; font-size:150%;">An International/ESO/Vista Public Survey.</div>
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<div style="top:12.0em; font-size:150%;">An International / ESO / Vista Public Survey</div>
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<div style="font-size:250%; border:none; margin:0; padding:0.5em; color:#000;">[[VVV_Survey:Current_events|4th VVV Team Conference 2013]]</div>
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[[File:milkyway.png|400px|thumb|right|The Galactic Center, from Paranal (Credit:ESO)]]
[[File:milkyway.png|400px|thumb|right|The Galactic Center, from Paranal (Credit:ESO)]]
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What is the structure of the inner Galactic bulge? How did the Milky Way form? Thanks to [[VISTA Telescope | VISTA]], a 4.1 meter telescope, and its superb near-infrared camera VIRCAM, new observations can be done to help the astronomers to further answer these questions.
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What is the structure of the inner Galactic bulge? How did the Milky Way form? Thanks to [[VISTA Telescope | VISTA]], a 4.1 meter telescope, and its superb near-infrared camera VIRCAM, new observations can be done to help astronomers answer these questions.
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Even when the Milky Way can be observed by the naked eye from dark places at night, because of our position on the Galaxy we can actually only see our  nearest neighborhood: dust, gas, and the other stars block the light from other places of our galaxy and we can't observe far into the bulge. At least in the "visual" part of the spectrum of the light.
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Even when the Milky Way can be observed by the naked eye from dark places at night, because of our position in the Galaxy, we can actually only see our  closest neighborhood. Dust, gas, and stars block the light from other places of our galaxy and thus we are not able to observe far into the bulge, at least in the "visual" part of the electromagnetic spectrum.
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VISTA, the Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy, it is optimized to detect the near-infrared wavelengths of the light of the stars, which can travel further through the dust. This fact, along with its privileged site on the Southern Hemisphere, will allow us to map the Bulge with improved detail and perspective.
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VISTA, the Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy, is optimized to detect the near-infrared emission of stars, which can travel further through the dust. This fact, along with its privileged site on the Southern Hemisphere, will allow us to map the Bulge with improved detail and perspective.
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Previously, all-sky 2 dimensional maps in near-infrared wavelengths have been done with single epoch data. Otherwise, multi-epoch observations have been carried out for specific small field of view targets on the bulge and disk. The [[VVV_Survey:About | VISTA Variables in The Via Lactea (VVV) public survey]] will perform wide FOV multi-epoch observations of the Galaxy's bulge and part of the disk, providing the astronomical public community with a high resolution 3-D (or 4-D if you include the time dimension) map of the bulge.
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Previously, all-sky 2 dimensional maps in near-infrared wavelengths have been done with one epoch data. Otherwise, multi-epochs observations have been carried out for specific small field of view targets on the bulge an disk. The [[VVV_Survey:About | VISTA Variables in The Via Lactea (VVV) public survey]] will perform multi-epoch and wide FOV observations of the Galaxy's bulge and part of the disk, providing the astronomical public community with a high resolution 3-D (or 4-D if you include the time dimension) map of the bulge
 
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== Latest News ==
== Latest News ==
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[[File:d008.jpg|500px|thumb|left|Color Tile from the Mid-Plane Area 008]]
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* '''January 2012'''. '''<big>VVV DR1: The first data release of the Milky Way bulge and southern plane from the near-infrared ESO public survey VISTA variables in the Vía Láctea</big>''': The ESO public survey VISTA variables in the Vía Láctea (VVV) started in 2010. VVV targets 562 sq. deg in the Galactic bulge and an adjacent plane region and is expected to run for about five years. We describe the progress of the survey observations in the first observing season, the observing strategy, and quality of the data obtained. [http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2012A%26A...537A.107S Link to the ADS entry].
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* '''August 2010'''. A new Color Tile, now from the mid-plane area. Data comes from J, H and Ks bands, and the field is aligned with Galactic Coordinates (north up, east left). Resolution is 0.34 arcsec/pix<sup>2</sup>.
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* '''January 2012'''. '''<big>VVV Conference 2012, [[VVV_Survey:Current_events|First Announcement and Registration]]</big>'''
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* '''ESO Press Release: VISTA Stares Deeply into the Blue Lagoon''' VVV observation used to construct this spectacular image. [http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1101/ Press Realease]. Also, from the previous Messenger, [http://www.eso.org/sci/publications/messenger/archive/no.141-sep10/messenger-no141-24-28.pdf VISTA Variables in the Vía Láctea (VVV): Current Status and First Results].
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* '''VVV First Conference held at Viña del Mar''' Thanks to all the members for their contributions and for helping make this instance a success.
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* '''Second announcement''' [http://mwm.astro.puc.cl/mw/index.php/VVV_Survey:Current_events#Announcements]
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* '''September 2010'''. '''Article published in The Messenger''', ESO's quarterly journal presenting its activities to the public. The article, by Roberto Saito et al., can be retrieved from [http://www.eso.org/sci/publications/messenger/archive/no.141-sep10/messenger-no141-24-28.pdf here].
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[[File:d008.jpg|400px|thumb|right|Color Tile from the [[Mid-plane]] Area 008]]
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* '''August 2010'''. '''<big>VVV Conference 2010, [[VVV_Survey:Current_events|First Announcement and Registration]]</big>'''
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* '''August 2010'''. A new Color Tile, now from the mid-plane area d008. Data comes from J, H and Ks bands, and the field is aligned with Galactic Coordinates (north up, east left). Resolution is 0.34 arcsec/pix<sup>2</sup>
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[[File:B349col.jpg|500px|thumb|right|Color Tile from the Bulge Area 349]]
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[[File:B349col.jpg|400px|thumb|right|Color Tile from the [[Bulge]] Area 349]]
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* '''February 2010'''. The [[VISTA Telescope]] has started the observations for the public surveys, including VVV! The quality is amazing and a good example is shown in this [[Bulge]]'s image: gas, dust and even a globular cluster ([[Palomar 6]]) are clearly visible and approx. ~<math>10^6</math> point sources are resolved. This image was made using VVV data from bands J, H and Ks. We made use of Astromatic.net pipeline suite's algorithms<ref name="astromatic">[http://www.astromatic.net], SExtractor, SCAMP, SWARP</ref>.
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* '''February 2010'''. The [[VISTA Telescope]] has started the observations for the public surveys, including VVV! The quality is amazing and a good example is shown in this [[Bulge]]'s image: gas, dust and even a globular cluster ([[Palomar 6]]) are clearly visible and approx. ~<math>10^6</math> point sources are resolved. This image was made using VVV data from bands J, H and Ks. We made use of some of the Astromatic.net pipeline suite's algorithms<ref name="astromatic">[http://www.astromatic.net], SExtractor, SCAMP, SWARP</ref>.
== Pages for Members ==
== Pages for Members ==
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File:ESO.jpg | [http://www.eso.org European Southern Observatory]
File:ESO.jpg | [http://www.eso.org European Southern Observatory]
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File:Millenium.png | [http://mwm.astro.puc.cl The Milky Way Millennium Nucleus]
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File:Millenium.png | [http://www.milenio-vialactea.cl The Milky Way Millennium Nucleus]
File:ICM.jpg| [http://www.iniciativamilenio.cl Iniciativa Científica Milenio]
File:ICM.jpg| [http://www.iniciativamilenio.cl Iniciativa Científica Milenio]
File:Fondap.jpg| [http://www.cenastro.cl  FONDAP Center for Astrophysics (CENASTRO)]
File:Fondap.jpg| [http://www.cenastro.cl  FONDAP Center for Astrophysics (CENASTRO)]
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File:Casu.gif| [http://casu.ast.cam.ac.uk Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit at the University of Cambridge]
File:Casu.gif| [http://casu.ast.cam.ac.uk Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit at the University of Cambridge]
File:ifalogo.gif| [http://www.roe.ac.uk/ifa/wfau Wide Field Astronomy Unit at the University of Edinburgh]
File:ifalogo.gif| [http://www.roe.ac.uk/ifa/wfau Wide Field Astronomy Unit at the University of Edinburgh]
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File:vista-logo.gif| [http://www.eso.org/public/teles-instr/surveytelescopes/vista/consortium.html The VISTA consortium]
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File:vista-logo.gif| [http://www.eso.org/public/teles-instr/surveytelescopes/vista/consortium.html The VISTA consortium] and [http://http://www.vista.ac.uk/ VISTA Telescope]
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Latest revision as of 22:57, 18 October 2016


New VVV Survey site: www.vvvsurvey.org



Contents

New!

Take a look at ESO Public Surveys Overview of Phase 3 Data Releases at http://www.eso.org/sci/observing/phase3/data_releases.html

VVV Survey , VISTA telescope and VLT at Canal 13 Cable, programa TECNOCIENCIA TEMPORADA 03 CAPITULO 10, "http://player.vimeo.com/video/68221713?byline=0"

Check out a movie about VVV at http://youtu.be/wNpdBwVpmeE

Check out our twitter account @VVVScienceTeam http://twitter.com/VVVScienceTeam

Welcome to VVV Survey
An International / ESO / Vista Public Survey


The Galactic Center, from Paranal (Credit:ESO)

What is the structure of the inner Galactic bulge? How did the Milky Way form? Thanks to VISTA, a 4.1 meter telescope, and its superb near-infrared camera VIRCAM, new observations can be done to help astronomers answer these questions.

Even when the Milky Way can be observed by the naked eye from dark places at night, because of our position in the Galaxy, we can actually only see our closest neighborhood. Dust, gas, and stars block the light from other places of our galaxy and thus we are not able to observe far into the bulge, at least in the "visual" part of the electromagnetic spectrum.

VISTA, the Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy, is optimized to detect the near-infrared emission of stars, which can travel further through the dust. This fact, along with its privileged site on the Southern Hemisphere, will allow us to map the Bulge with improved detail and perspective.

Previously, all-sky 2 dimensional maps in near-infrared wavelengths have been done with single epoch data. Otherwise, multi-epoch observations have been carried out for specific small field of view targets on the bulge and disk. The VISTA Variables in The Via Lactea (VVV) public survey will perform wide FOV multi-epoch observations of the Galaxy's bulge and part of the disk, providing the astronomical public community with a high resolution 3-D (or 4-D if you include the time dimension) map of the bulge.

Latest News

Color Tile from the Mid-plane Area 008
Color Tile from the Bulge Area 349

Pages for Members

Wiki for Team Members

Acknowledgments

Notes and References

  1. [1], SExtractor, SCAMP, SWARP
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