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

M. Rejkuba, O.A. Gonzalez, I. Toledo, D. Minniti, P. Lucas
2012 EPJ Web of Conferences  
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 deg 2 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
more » ... ide 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.
doi:10.1051/epjconf/20121909009 fatcat:x7lgya2mpfgvlbe4bk4qctcxze