Ref: SCART-2019-0030

Gaia DR2 documentation

van Leeuwen, F. ; de Bruijne, J. H. J. ; Arenou, F. ; Bakker, J. ; Blomme, R. ; Busso, G. ; Cacciari, C. ; Castañeda, J. ; Cellino, A. ; Clotet, M. ; Comoretto, G. ; Eyer, L. ; González-Núñez, J. ; Guy, L. ; Hambly, N. ; Hobbs, D. ; van Leeuwen, M. ; Luri, X. ; Manteiga, M. ; Pourbaix, D. ; Roegiers, T. ; Salgado, J. ; Sartoretti, P. ; Tanga, P. ; Ulla, A. ; Utrilla Molina, E. ; Abreu, A. ; Altmann, M. ; Andrae, R. ; Antoja, T. ; Audard, M. ; Babusiaux, C. ; Bailer-Jones, C. A. L. ; Barache, C. ; Bastian, U. ; Beck, M. ; Berthier, J. ; Bianchi, L. ; Biermann, M. ; Bombrun, A. ; Bossini, D. ; Breddels, M. ; Brown, A. G. A. ; Busonero, D. ; Butkevich, A. ; Cantat-Gaudin, T. ; Carrasco, J. M. ; Cheek, N. ; Clementini, G. ; Creevey, O. ; Crowley, C. ; David, M. ; Davidson, M. ; De Angeli, F. ; De Ridder, J. ; Delbò, M. ; Dell'Oro, A. ; Diakité, S. ; Distefano, E. ; Drimmel, R. ; Durán, J. ; Evans, D. W. ; Fabricius, C. ; Fabrizio, M. ; Fernández-Hernández, J. ; Findeisen, K. ; Fleitas, J. ; Fouesneau, M. ; Galluccio, L. ; Gracia-Abril, G. ; Guerra, R. ; Gutiérrez-Sánchez, R. ; Helmi, A. ; Hernandez, J. ; Holl, B. ; Hutton, A. ; Jean-Antoine-Piccolo, A. ; Jevardat de Fombelle, G. ; Joliet, E. ; Jordi, C. ; Juhász, Á. ; Klioner, S. ; Löffler, W. ; Lammers, U. ; Lanzafame, A. ; Lebzelter, T. ; Leclerc, N. ; Lecoeur-Taïbi, I. ; Lindegren, L. ; Marinoni, S. ; Marrese, P. M. ; Mary, N. ; Massari, D. ; Messineo, R. ; Michalik, D. ; Mignard, F. ; Molinaro, R. ; Molnár, L. ; Montegriffo, P. ; Mora, A. ; Mowlavi, N. ; Muinonen, K. ; Muraveva, T. ; Nienartowicz, K. ; Ordenovic, C. ; Pancino, E. ; Panem, C. ; Pauwels, T. ; Petit, J. ; Plachy, E. ; Portell, J. ; Racero, E. ; Regibo, S. ; Reylé, C. ; Rimoldini, L. ; Ripepi, V. ; Riva, A. ; Robichon, N. ; Robin, A. ; Roelens, M. ; Romero-Gómez, M. ; Sarro, L. ; Seabroke, G. ; Segovia, J. C. ; Siddiqui, H. ; Smart, R. ; Smith, K. ; Sordo, R. ; Soria, S. ; Spoto, F. ; Stephenson, C. ; Turon, C. ; Vallenari, A. ; Veljanoski, J. ; Voutsinas, S.

published in Gaia DR2 documentation, European Space Agency; Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium. (2018)

Abstract: The second Gaia data release, Gaia DR2, encompasses astrometry, photometry, radial velocities, astrophysical parameters (stellar effective temperature, extinction, reddening, radius, and luminosity), and variability information plus astrometry and photometry for a sample of pre-selected bodies in the solar system. The data collected during the first 22 months of the nominal, five-year mission have been processed by the Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (DPAC), resulting into this second data release. A summary of the release properties is provided in Gaia Collaboration et al. (2018b). The overall scientific validation of the data is described in Arenou et al. (2018). Background information on the mission and the spacecraft can be found in Gaia Collaboration et al. (2016), with a more detailed presentation of the Radial Velocity Spectrometer (RVS) in Cropper et al. (2018). In addition, Gaia DR2 is accompanied by various, dedicated papers that describe the processing and validation of the various data products. Four more Gaia Collaboration papers present a glimpse of the scientific richness of the data. In addition to this set of refereed publications, this documentation provides a detailed, complete overview of the processing and validation of the Gaia DR2 data. Gaia data, from both Gaia DR1 and Gaia DR2, can be retrieved from the Gaia archive, which is accessible from https://archives.esac.esa.int/gaia. The archive also provides various tutorials on data access and data queries plus an integrated data model (i.e., description of the various fields in the data tables). In addition, Luri et al. (2018) provide concrete advice on how to deal with Gaia astrometry, with recommendations on how best to estimate distances from parallaxes. The Gaia archive features an enhanced visualisation service which can be used for quick initial explorations of the entire Gaia DR2 data set. Pre-computed cross matches between Gaia DR2 and a selected set of large surveys are provided. Gaia DR2 represents a major advance with respect to Gaia DR1 in terms of survey completeness, precision and accuracy, and the richness of the published data. Nevertheless, Gaia DR2 is still an early release based on a limited amount of input data, simplifications in the data processing, and imperfect calibrations. Many limitations hence exist which the user of Gaia DR2 should be aware of; they are described in Gaia Collaboration et al. (2018b).

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