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.

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