RASC October Meeting
Friday 20th November 2015
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The VVV Survey
The VVV survey is a multi-epoch near-infrared campaign monitoring stars in the Galactic Bulge and an adjacent region of the disk. The multi-epoch and near-infrared nature of the survey conspire to permit the detection of stars (e.g., Cepheids) lying behind obscuring dust clouds that are ubiquitous throughout the Galactic plane, thus bypassing problems that hindered existing campaigns in the visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. Thanks to the education provided to me by RASC members David Turner (JRASC editor) and Dave Lane (RASC president), I was able to help exploit the VVV data to address certain scientific objectives. A subset of the resulting findings will be discussed, including some recent discoveries made by the broader team of Chilean astronomers behind the campaign.
Following the meeting will refreshments and social time.
Sobeys Building, Room SB255 in the Sobeys Building (NOTE this is not our regular room!)(Map)