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2016ApJ...831L...6S - Astrophys. J., 831, L6-L6 (2016/November-1)

Evidence for a systematic offset of -0.25 mas in the Gaia DR1 parallaxes.


Abstract (from CDS):

We test the parallaxes reported in the Gaia first data release using the sample of eclipsing binaries with accurate, empirical distances from Stassun & Torres. We find an average offset of -0.25 ± 0.05 mas in the sense of the Gaia parallaxes being too small (i.e., the distances too long). The offset does not depend strongly on obvious parameters such as color or brightness. However, we find with high confidence that the offset may depend on ecliptic latitude: the mean offset is -0.38 ± 0.06 mas in the ecliptic north and -0.05 ± 0.09 mas in the ecliptic south. The ecliptic latitude dependence may also be represented by the linear relation, Δπ~-0.22(±0.05)-0.003(±0.001)×βmas (β in degrees). Finally, there is a possible dependence of the parallax offset on distance, with the offset becoming negligible for π\lesssim1 mas; we discuss whether this could be caused by a systematic error in the eclipsing binary distance scale, and reject this interpretation as unlikely.

Abstract Copyright: © 2016. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.

Journal keyword(s): binaries: eclipsing - parallaxes - stars: distances - stars: distances

VizieR on-line data: <Available at CDS (J/ApJ/831/L6): table1.dat>

Simbad objects: 117

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