A Geometric Determination of the Distance to the Galactic Center

@article{Eisenhauer2003AGD,
  title={A Geometric Determination of the Distance to the Galactic Center},
  author={F. Eisenhauer and R. Schoedel and R. Genzel and T. Ott and M. Tecza and R. Abuter and A. Eckart and T. Alexander},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2003},
  volume={597}
}
  • F. Eisenhauer, R. Schoedel, +5 authors T. Alexander
  • Published 2003
  • Physics
  • The Astrophysical Journal
  • We report new astrometric and spectroscopic observations of the star S2 orbiting the massive black hole in the Galactic center that were taken at the ESO VLT with the adaptive optics-assisted, near-IR camera NAOS/CONICA and the near-IR integral field spectrometer SPIFFI. We use these data to determine all the orbital parameters of the star with high precision, including the Sun-Galactic center distance, which is a key parameter for calibrating stellar standard candles and an important rung in… CONTINUE READING
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