New Quests in Stellar Astrophysics II

Part of the series Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings pp 1-10


Science with the World Space Observatory - Ultraviolet

  • Ana I. Gómez de CastroAffiliated withFac. de CC. Matemáticas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid Email author 
  • , Isabella PaganoAffiliated withINAF - Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania
  • , Mikhail SachkovAffiliated withInstitute of Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Science
  • , Alain Lecavelier des ÉtangsAffiliated withInstitute d’Astrophysique de Paris
  • , Giampaolo PiottoAffiliated withDipartimento di Astronomía, Università di Padova Vicolo dell’Osservatorio
  • , Rosa GonzálezAffiliated withInstituto de Astrofísica de Andalucia
  • , Boris ShustovAffiliated withInstitute of Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Science

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The World Space Observatory-Ultraviolet (WSO-UV) will provide access to the UV range during the next decade. The instrumentation on board will allow to carry out high resolution imaging, high sensitivity imaging, high resolution (R ~ 55000) spectroscopy and low resolution (R ~ 2500) long slit spectroscopy. In this contribution, we briefly outline some of the key science issues that WSO-UV will address during its lifetime. Among them, of special interest are: the study of galaxy formation and the intergalactic medium; the astronomical engines; the Milky Way formation and evolution, and the formation of the Solar System and the atmospheres of extrasolar planets.