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.

Pulsating Stars; Márcio Catelan, Horace A. Smith; Wiley-VCH 2015
Pulsating Stars; Márcio Catelan, Horace A. Smith; Wiley-VCH 2015

VVV: VISTA Variables in the Via Lactea

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.

The VVV Survey is an ESO Public Survey conducted by VISTA telescope, the VVV has been mapping the Milky Way bulge and southern disk since 2010. The VVV Science Team has around 90 members.


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