STREGA: STRucture and Evolution of the GAlaxy - I: Survey overview and first results

M. Marconi, Ilaria Musella, M Di Criscienzo, M. Cignoni, Massimo Dall'Ora, Giuseppe Bono, V. Ripepi, Enzo Brocato, G. Raimondo, A. Grado, L. Limatola, G. Coppola, M.I. Moretti, P. Stetson, A. Calamida, M. Cantiello, M. Capaccioli, Enrico Cappellaro, M-R.L. Cioni, S. Degl'InnocentiD. De Martino, A. Di Cecco, I. Ferraro, G. Iannicola, P.G. Prada Moroni, R. Silvotti, R. Buonanno, F. Getman, N.R. Napolitano, L. Pulone, P. Schipani

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STREGA (STRucture and Evolution of the GAlaxy) is a guaranteed time survey being performed at the VST (the ESO Very Large Telescope Survey Telescope) to map about 150 square degrees in the Galactic halo, in order to constrain the mechanisms of galactic formation and evolution. The survey is built as a 5 yr project, organized in two parts: a core programme to explore the surrounding regions of selected stellar systems and a second complementary part to map the southern portion of the Fornax orbit and extend the observations of the core programme. The adopted stellar tracers are mainly variable stars (RR Lyraes and long-period variables) and main-sequence turn-off stars for which observations in the g, r, i bands are obtained. We present an overview of the survey and some preliminary results for three observing runs that have been completed. For the region centred on ω Cen (37 deg^2), covering about three tidal radii, we also discuss the detected stellar density radial profile and angular distribution, leading to the identification of extratidal cluster stars. We also conclude that the cluster tidal radius is about 1.2 deg, in agreement with values in the literature based on the Wilson model.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3809-3828
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number4
Early online date17 Sept 2014
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2014


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