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Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 341, Issue 1, pp 207–214 | Cite as

Standard candles from the Gaia perspective

  • Laurent Eyer
  • Lovro Palaversa
  • Nami Mowlavi
  • Pierre Dubath
  • Richard I. Anderson
  • Dafydd W. Evans
  • Thomas Lebzelter
  • Vincenzo Ripepi
  • Laszlo Szabados
  • Silvio Leccia
  • Gisella Clementini
Invited review

Abstract

The ESA Gaia mission will bring a new era to the domain of standard candles. Progresses in this domain will be achieved thanks to unprecedented astrometric precision, whole-sky coverage and the combination of photometric, spectrophotometric and spectroscopic measurements. The fundamental outcome of the mission will be the Gaia catalogue produced by the Gaia Data Analysis and Processing Consortium (DPAC), which will contain a variable source classification and specific properties for stars of specific variability types. We review what will be produced for Cepheids, RR Lyrae, Long Period Variable stars and eclipsing binaries.

Keywords

Stars: distance Stars: variables Stars: binaries Stars: statistics Cosmology: distance scale Space vehicles Surveys Catalogs 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laurent Eyer
    • 1
  • Lovro Palaversa
    • 1
  • Nami Mowlavi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Pierre Dubath
    • 2
  • Richard I. Anderson
    • 1
  • Dafydd W. Evans
    • 3
  • Thomas Lebzelter
    • 4
  • Vincenzo Ripepi
    • 5
  • Laszlo Szabados
    • 6
  • Silvio Leccia
    • 5
  • Gisella Clementini
    • 7
  1. 1.Geneva ObservatoryUniversity of GenevaSauvernySwitzerland
  2. 2.ISDC, Geneva ObservatoryUniversity of GenevaVersoixSwitzerland
  3. 3.Institute of AstronomyCambridge UniversityCambridgeUK
  4. 4.Department of AstronomyUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria
  5. 5.INAF—Astronomical Observatory of CapodimonteNapoliItaly
  6. 6.Konkoly Observatory of the Hungarian Academy of SciencesBudapestHungary
  7. 7.INAF—Osservatorio Astronomico di BolognaBolognaItaly

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