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This paper describes the Seventh Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), marking the completion of the original goals of the SDSS and the end of the phase known as SDSS-II. It includes 11663 deg 2 of imaging data, with most of the ∼ 2000 deg 2 increment over the previous data release lying in regions of low Galactic latitude. The catalog(More)
We report new constraints on the local escape speed of our Galaxy. Our analysis is based on a sample of high velocity stars from the RAVE survey and two previously published datasets. We use cosmological simulations of disk galaxy formation to motivate our assumptions on the shape of the velocity distribution, allowing for a significantly more precise(More)
This paper introduces a class of passive interconnected suspensions, defined mathematically in terms of their mechanical admittance matrices, with the purpose of providing greater freedom to specify independently bounce, pitch, roll, and warp dynamics than conventional (passive) suspension arrangements. Two alternative realization schemes are described that(More)
We describe the discovery of the longest microlensing event ever observed, OGLE-1999-BUL-32, also independently identified by the MACHO collaboration as MACHO-99-BLG-22. This unique event has an Einstein radius crossing time of 641 days. The high quality data obtained with difference image analysis shows a small but significant parallax signature. This(More)
We present the results from the OGLE–II survey (1996-2000) towards the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), which has the aim of detecting the microlensing phenomena caused by dark matter compact objects in the Galactic Halo (Machos). We use high resolution HST images of the OGLE fields and derive the correction for the number of monitored stars in each field.(More)
The RAdial Velocity Experiment (RAVE) is currently measuring radial velocities , metallicities and abundance ratios for many thousands of stars in the southern hemisphere. Although the project is still in its early stages, the catalogue already contains over 100,000 stars. We present an analysis of the high velocity RAVE stars, revisiting the seminal work(More)