Márcio’s talk “Stellar Variability in the VVV Survey: Highlights and Current Status”
Dante, Igor Soszynski, Kris and Alekssandra Helminiak
Javier Alonso and Dante
Cristóbal Petrovic at the IAU GA opening ceremony where he was awarded with the Gruber Fellowship
Dante, Alekssandra & Kris Helminiak, Rodrigo Contreras and Camila Navarrete
Somewhere around The Crouching Lion
Dante, Giuliano Pignata
Rodrigo Contreras, Camila Navarrete and Joyce Pullen
Chien-Cheng Lin (Taiwan) Beijing National University and Dante
The IAU Surfboard
Márcio Catelan at his Talk
The Convention Center
At the XXIX IAU General Assembly, 2015 in Hawaii, we were engaged in the Millennium Institute of Astrophysics Booth, where we were able to be seen by some of the 2500 assistants.
The way in which we represented some of our work was through on-screen movies and slideshows, were some magnificent and unique images were displayed.
The astronomy-educated public was able to appreciate our work within seconds, wondered by images of galaxies seen through the other side of the Milky Way plane, by movies of Javier Alonso’s CMDs of the Milky Way Bulge’s tiles or Felipe Gran’s 851 RR Lyraes or Dante’s slides from VVV’s results.
Also Marcio Catelan’s book “Pulsating Stars” was very attractive to the audience, and Dante Minniti’s book “Vistas de la Galaxia” was greeted to remarkable visitors such as Silvia Torres-Peimbert, the new President of the IAU.
The VVV survey will target the central parts of our galaxy in five near-infrared bands. The total area of this survey is 520 square degrees and contains 355 open and 33 globular clusters. The VVV is multi-epoch in nature in order to detect a large number of variable objects and will provide more than 100 carefully spaced observations at different times for each part of the sky covered. A catalogue with about a billion point sources including about a million variable objects is expected. These will be used to create a three-dimensional map of the bulge of our Milky Way galaxy. Other science drivers include the ages of stellar populations and globular cluster evolution.