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An analysis of the Yale Bright Star Catalog
Bahcall, John N.; Casertano, Stefano; Ratnatunga, Kavan U.
AA(Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ), AB(Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ), AC(Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ)
Astrophysical Journal, Part 1 (ISSN 0004-637X), vol. 320, Sept. 15, 1987, p. 515-526. (ApJ Homepage)
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Astronomical Catalogs, Giant Stars, Star Distribution, Stellar Color, Stellar Magnitude, B Stars, Color-Magnitude Diagram, Milky Way Galaxy, O Stars
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The authors analyze the direction, color, and apparent-magnitude distributions of a complete sample of 3993 stars with mv<= 6.0 mag and B-V >= 0.0 from the Yale Bright Star Catalog (BSC). Many of the sample stars are intrinsically bright disk giants. The total number and overall distributions of the BSC stars (excluding O and B stars) are well described by the standard Galaxy model with two major density components. The spatial distribution of O and B stars shows a density enhancement due to the Gould Belt in a 15° region inclined about 20°±3° to the Galactic plane. The total number of O and B stars in the Galaxy is estimated to be ≡107.

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