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1998AJ....115..635M - Astron. J., 115, 635-647 (1998/February-0)

The shape and scale of galactic rotation from cepheid kinematics.

METZGER M.R., CALDWELL J.A.R. and SCHECHTER P.L.

Abstract (from CDS):

A catalog of Cepheid variables is used to probe the kinematics of the Galactic disk. Radial velocities are measured for eight distant Cepheids toward l = 300°; these new Cepheids provide a particularly good constraint on the distance to the Galactic center, R0. We model the disk with both an axisymmetric rotation curve and one with a weak elliptical component, and find evidence for an ellipticity of 0.043 ± 0.016 near the Sun. Using these models, we derive R0 = 7.66 ± 0.32 kpc and vcirc = 237±12 km.s–1. The distance to the Galactic center agrees well with recent determinations from the distribution of RR Lyrae variables and disfavors most models with large ellipticities at the solar orbit.

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Journal keyword(s): Stars: Variables: Cepheids - Galaxy: Fundamental Parameters - Galaxy: Kinematics and Dynamics - Galaxy: Structure

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