Measuring Galactic Extinction: A Test
Arce, Héctor G.
Goodman, Alyssa A.
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CitationArce, Héctor G., and Alyssa A. Goodman. 1999. “Measuring Galactic Extinction: A Test.” The Astrophysical Journal 512 (2): L135–38. https://doi.org/10.1086/311885.
AbstractWe test the recently published all-sky reddening map of Schlegel, Finkbeiner, & Davis (hereafter SFD) using the extinction study of a region in the Taurus dark cloud complex by Arce & Goodman (hereafter AG). In their study, AG use four different techniques to measure the amount and structure of the extinction toward Taurus, and all four techniques agree very well. Thus, we believe that the AG results are a truthful representation of the extinction in the region and can be used to test the reliability of the SFD reddening map. The results of our test show that the SFD all-sky reddening map, which is based on data from COBE/DIRBE and IRAS/ISSA, overestimates the reddening by a factor of 1.3-1.5 in regions of smooth extinction with A(v) > 0.5 mag. In some regions of steep extinction gradients, the SFD map underestimates the reddening value, probably because of its low spatial resolution. We expect that the astronomical community will be using the SFD reddening map extensively. We offer this Letter as a cautionary note about using the SFD map in regions of high extinction (A, > 0.5 mag), since it might not be giving accurate reddening values there.
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