NRAO is engaging the community to define the science program and key components of a VLA Sky Survey. This science forum is for use by those interested in galactic science topics. Cornelia Lang and Rachel Osten are the co-chairs.
This Galactic Working Group has a wide variety of science topics under its purview, dealing with the Milky Way and its close neighbors, stars, gas, dust, compact objects, galactic magnetic field and dynamo, galactic structure, astrochemistry, stellar and planetary system formation, molecular cloud dynamics, planetary nebulae, supernova remnants, and galactic masers.
The type of survey being envisioned may be a uniform one or tiered, can total to around 10,000 hours, and should be completable in about 5 years time. It should be more ambitious than something that could be done in up to 2000 hours (this could be proposed through the normal VLA proposal process).
The timeline by which this working group needs to come up with a recommendation is rather short: by March 21st we need to have a basic observational framework and science case laid out that is defensible and can be discussed in concert with ideas from the other working groups. We will be utilizing input already obtained in the form of white papers, as well as any discussion that takes place on this forum. If you wish to contribute your opinions about the most pressing galactic science topics and the optimal observing components of a VLA Sky Survey to accomplish those objectives, please add your comments here. We welcome your input!
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Welcome! Please feel free to use this forum to make comments about the high priority science and survey design specifics that will best fit Galactic astronomy's needs. We look forward to your input.
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