A New Kinematic Distance Estimator to the Large Magellanic Cloud

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The distance to the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) can be directly determined by measuring three of its properties: its radial velocity field, its mean proper motion, and the position angle φph of its photometric line of nodes. Statistical errors of ~2% are feasible based on proper motions obtained with any of several proposed astrometry satellites, the earliest possibility being the Full-Sky Astrometric Mapping Explorer (FAME). The largest source of systematic error is likely to be in the determination of φph. I suggest two independent methods to measure φph, one based on counts of clump giants and the other on photometry of clump giants. I briefly discuss a variety of methods to test for other sources of systematic errors.



astrometry, galaxies: distances and redshifts, Magellanic Clouds


Andrew Gould, "A New Kinematic Distance Estimator to the Large Magellanic Cloud ," The Astrophysical Journal 528, no. 1 (2000), doi:10.1086/308169, http://iopscience.iop.org/0004-637X/528/1/156