On the Gaia DR2 distances for Galactic luminous blue variables

  title={On the Gaia DR2 distances for Galactic luminous blue variables},
  author={Nathan Smith and Mojgan Aghakhanloo and Jeremiah W. Murphy and Maria R. Drout and Keivan G. Stassun and Jose H Groh},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
We examine parallaxes and distances for Galactic luminous blue variables (LBVs) in the Gaia second data release (DR2). The sample includes 11 LBVs and 14 LBV candidates. For about half of the sample, DR2 distances are either similar to commonly adopted literature values, or the DR2 values have large uncertainties. For the rest, reliable DR2 distances differ significantly from values in the literature, and in most cases the Gaia DR2 distance is smaller. Two key results are that the S Doradus… 

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