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The Gaia astrometric survey

  • Alessandro Sozzetti (a1)
Abstract

In its all-sky survey, the ESA global astrometry mission Gaia will perform high-precision astrometry and photometry for 1 billion stars down to V = 20 mag. The data collected in the Gaia catalogue, to be published by the end of the next decade, will likely revolutionize our understanding of many aspects of stellar and Galactic astrophysics. One of the relevant areas in which the Gaia observations will have great impact is the astrophysics of planetary systems. This summary focuses on a) the complex technical problems related to and challenges inherent in correctly modelling the signals of planetary systems present in measurements collected with a space-borne observatory poised to carry out precision astrometry at the micro-arcsecond (μas) level, and b) on the potential of Gaia μas astrometry for important contributions to the astrophysics of planetary systems.

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Casertano, S., Lattanzi, M. G., Sozzetti, A., Spagna, A., Jancart, S., Morbidelli, R., Pannunzio, R., Pourbaix, D., & Queloz, D. 2008, A&A 482, 699
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Sozzetti, A. 2009, EAS Publication Series, in press (arXiv:0902.2063)
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Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union
  • ISSN: 1743-9213
  • EISSN: 1743-9221
  • URL: /core/journals/proceedings-of-the-international-astronomical-union
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