TRIGONOMETRIC PARALLAXES OF MASSIVE STAR-FORMING REGIONS. VI. GALACTIC STRUCTURE, FUNDAMENTAL PARAMETERS, AND NONCIRCULAR MOTIONS

@article{Reid2009TRIGONOMETRICPO,
  title={TRIGONOMETRIC PARALLAXES OF MASSIVE STAR-FORMING REGIONS. VI. GALACTIC STRUCTURE, FUNDAMENTAL PARAMETERS, AND NONCIRCULAR MOTIONS},
  author={M. Reid and K. Menten and X. Zheng and A. Brunthaler and L. Moscadelli and Y. Xu and B. Zhang and M. Sato and M. Honma and T. Hirota and K. Hachisuka and Y. Choi and G. Moellenbrock and A. Bartkiewicz},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2009},
  volume={700},
  pages={137-148}
}
  • M. Reid, K. Menten, +11 authors A. Bartkiewicz
  • Published 2009
  • Physics
  • The Astrophysical Journal
  • We are using the Very Long Baseline Array and the Japanese VLBI Exploration of Radio Astronomy project to measure trigonometric parallaxes and proper motions of masers found in high-mass star-forming regions across the Milky Way. Early results from 18 sources locate several spiral arms. The Perseus spiral arm has a pitch angle of 16 degrees +/- 3 degrees, which favors four rather than two spiral arms for the Galaxy. Combining positions, distances, proper motions, and radial velocities yields… CONTINUE READING
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