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VST ATLAS First Science Results

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-40
JournalThe Messenger
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013


The VST ATLAS is a ugriz-imaging survey targeting ~ 4500 square degrees of the southern sky. It reaches similar magnitude limits to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey in the north, i.e., r ~ 22.5, but ATLAS has better median seeing of 1 arcsecond full width half maximum. ATLAS is a companion survey to the VISTA Hemisphere Survey, which supplies YJHK imaging over much of its area. In addition, the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) satellite supplies a further four mid-infrared bands. Together these surveys complement each other and provide excellent multi-wavelength data for both Galactic and extragalactic science projects.

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