Hipparcos: A New Basis for Calibrating Distance Indicators

  • Catherine Turon
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 237)


The Hipparcos data are providing a dramatic increase, qualitatively and quantitatively, of the basic available distance information. Ground-based parallaxes with a relative precision higher than 10% are available for less than 1000 stars. More than 20000 Hipparcos parallaxes are within this range of accuracy, for a considerably enlarged variety of spectral types and luminosity classes. This solid basis of trigonometric parallaxes, and the parallel availability of quasi-absolute accurate proper motions, is renewing the calibration of photometric and spectroscopic parallaxes, of open cluster main-sequence fitting, of globular cluster distances, of period-luminosity relations for pulsating variables. The perspectives open by micro-arcsec missions such as the GAIA project are briefly described.


Globular Cluster Main Sequence Proper Motion Large Magellanic Cloud Luminosity Class 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Catherine Turon
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  1. 1.DASGAL, URA CNRS 335Observatoire de ParisMeudon CedexFrance

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