The field of streams

sagittarius and its siblings

V. Belokurov*, D. B. Zucker, N. W. Evans, G. Gilmore, S. Vidrih, D. M. Bramich, H. J. Newberg, R. F G Wyse, M. J. Irwin, M. Fellhauer, P. C. Hewett, N. A. Walton, M. I. Wilkinson, N. Cole, B. Yanny, C. M. Rockosi, T. C. Beers, E. F. Bell, J. Brinkmann, Ž Ivezić & 1 others R. Lupton

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We use Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) Data Release 5 (DR5) u, g, r, i, z photometry to study Milky Way halo substructure in the area around the north Galactic cap. A simple color cut (g - r < 0.4) reveals the tidal stream of the Sagittarius dwarf spheroidal galaxy, as well as a number of other stellar structures in the field. Two branches (A and B) of the Sagittarius stream are clearly visible in an RGB composite image created from three magnitude slices, and there is also evidence for a still more distant wrap behind the A branch. A comparison of these data with numerical models suggests that the shape of the Galactic dark halo is close to spherical.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L137-L140
Number of pages4
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2006
Externally publishedYes

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