Vol 8, No 6 (2008): (611-742) / Yuan

Revisiting the Local Kinematics of the Milky Way using the New Hipparcos Data

Fang-Ting Yuan, Zi Zhu, Da-Li Kong


With the new Hipparcos data recently released, we reexamine the kinematics in the solar neighborhood. Two different populations of objects, namely the thin-disk O-B5 stars and the thick-disk K-M giants, are selected for tracing the kinematical parameters of the Galaxy. Using a 3-D kinematical model, the components of the solar motion and the Oort constants are derived. The solutions and the kinematics inferred from both types of stars are analyzed. The results obtained with the new data are compared with those from the old Hipparcos data. We conclude that the present solution provides a more reliable estimation of the Oort constants, thanks to the new reduction of the Hipparcos data that provides even more accurate astrometric measurements of stars.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1088/1009-9271/8/6/11


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