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Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 354, Issue 1, pp 103–112 | Cite as

The Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX). Its legacy of UV surveys, and science highlights

  • Luciana Bianchi
Original Article

Abstract

The Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) imaged the sky in the Ultraviolet (UV) for almost a decade, delivering the first sky surveys at these wavelengths. Its database contains far-UV (FUV, λ eff∼1528 Å) and near-UV (NUV, λ eff∼2310 Å) images of most of the sky, including deep UV-mapping of extended galaxies, over 200 million source measurements, and more than 100,000 low-resolution UV spectra. The GALEX archive will remain a long-lasting resource for statistical studies of hot stellar objects, QSOs, star-forming galaxies, nebulae and the interstellar medium. It provides an unprecedented road-map for planning future UV instrumentation and follow-up observing programs in the UV and at other wavelengths.

We review the characteristics of the GALEX data, and describe final catalogs and available tools, that facilitate future exploitation of this database. We also recall highlights from the science results uniquely enabled by GALEX data so far.

Keywords

Ultraviolet: surveys Astronomical Data Bases: catalogs Stars: post-AGB Stars: White Dwarfs Galaxies: Milky Way Ultraviolet: galaxies Ultraviolet: QSOs 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. of Physics & AstronomyThe Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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