PUBLIC OUTREACH PAGES OF THE VIPERS PROJECT
These are the pages where you can find pretty pictures and more general information on our survey. For the pretty pictures, well, you have to wait a little more since we are still collecting observations and have not published results yet.
CETUS AND AQUARIUS...
In the meantime, I guess you might be interested to know something cool about the survey, for example where the two VIPERS fields are actually located on the sky. VIPERS is targeting two separate areas on the sky near the celestial equator, called W1 and W4. The names come from the fact that they are part of an extensive imaging surveys in 5 photometric bands, the CANADA-FRANCE-HAWAII TELESCOPE LEGACY SURVEY (CFHTLS). The two VIPERS survey fields cover, respectively, 16 deg2 in the CFHTLS Wide-1 area (at around 2 hrs Right Ascension and -5 degrees Declination), and 8 deg2 in the Wide-4 area (at around 22 hrs Right Ascension and 1 degrees Declination). I expect you, as a fan of the starred sky, are more interested to know which constellation the two VIPERS fields belong to: W1 is located in the Eastern region of CETUS (the Whale), not far from the border to another fascinating constellation, ERIDANUS. W4 is instead in the Northern sector of the AQUARIUS constellation, near the border to PEGASUS.
Sky charts depicting the two constellations of Cetus (top) and Aquarius (bottom), where the two VIPERS fields W1 and W4 are located, respectively. (Courtesy Anglo-Australian Observatory).
This is all for now. We'll be back soon with more fancy stories on our survey.
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