AAS 196th Meeting, June 2000
Session 53. Surveys, Catalogs, Database
Display, Thursday, June 8, 2000, 9:20am-4:00pm, Empire Hall South

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[53.02] Lick Northern Proper Motion Program: NPM2

B. F. Jones, R. B. Hanson, A. R. Klemola (UCO/Lick)

The Lick Northern Proper Motion (NPM) program is nearing completion after a half-century of work. Two-epoch photography began in 1947 and was completed in 1988. Measurements and reductions for proper motions, positions, and two-color photometry in the sky outside the Milky Way (``NPM1'') began in 1975 and were completed in 1992. The Lick NPM1 Catalog, containing 149,000 stars, was distributed in 1993. Work on the Milky Way sky (``NPM2'') comprising some 300,000 stars, began in 1996, and plate measurements were finished in 1999. The NPM program will be completed with the publication of the Lick NPM2 Catalog in 2003.

The NPM program will provide absolute proper motions, measured on an inertial system defined by some 50,000 faint galaxies, for over 400,000 stars from 9 < B < 18, covering the northern two-thirds of the sky. Included in the NPM catalogs are many stars of astrophysical interest, anonymous stars for galactic studies, and stars from positional catalogues and proper motion surveys.

Current work at Lick encompasses data reductions and star identifications for NPM2. Procedures are based on NPM1, with appropriate modifications. Reference galaxies are not available in the Milky Way sky, so the Hipparcos Catalogue is used to link the NPM2 proper motions to the inertial system defined by NPM1. The large number of stars in NPM2 reflects the higher density of stars near the Galactic plane and toward the Galactic center.

The NPM catalogs will have lasting value as a unique database for future studies in galactic structure, stellar kinematics, and astrometry. As we produce NPM2, we are also applying the NPM data to several outstanding problems in these research fields.

We would like to thank Dave Monet and the USNO for measuring the NPM2 plates. We thank the National Science Foundation for its continued support of the NPM program. The work reported here was supported by NSF grant AST 9530632.

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