AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 133 The Milky Way
Poster, Wednesday, 9:20am-6:30pm, January 11, 2006, Exhibit Hall

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[133.13] The Ultraviolet Sky: classification and properties of UV sources from the GALEX surveys

L. Bianchi, L. Rodriguez, J. Herald (JHU), B. Efremova (JHU, and Univ. of Sofia), GALEX Team

We use UV imaging data from the GALEX (Galaxy Evolution Explorer) surveys, matched to other surveys at longer wavelengths, to classify sources and infer their physical parameters by comparing their measured UV - optical - IR colors to model colors. Our results significantly increase the statistics of some classes of astrophysical objects, such as Milky Way (MW) hot stars and low-redshift QSOs, and provide an unprecedented census of White Dwarfs in the MW. Results from follow-up spectroscopy of UV-selected sources are also presented. (see http://dolomiti.pha.jhu.edu for details ) ~\\ We gratefully acknowledge NASA's support for construction, operation and data analysis of the GALEX mission, developed in cooperation with the French CNES and Korean Ministry of Science and Technology.

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