From the bulge to the outer disc: StarHorse stellar parameters, distances, and extinctions for stars in APOGEE DR16 and other spectroscopic surveys

A. B.A. Queiroz, F. Anders, C. Chiappini, A. Khalatyan, B. X. Santiago, M. Steinmetz, M. Valentini, A. Miglio, D. Bossini, B. Barbuy, I. Minchev, D. Minniti, D. A. García Hernández, M. Schultheis, R. L. Beaton, T. C. Beers, D. Bizyaev, J. R. Brownstein, K. Cunha, J. G. Fernández-TrincadoP. M. Frinchaboy, R. R. Lane, S. R. Majewski, D. Nataf, C. Nitschelm, K. Pan, A. Roman-Lopes, J. S. Sobeck, G. Stringfellow, O. Zamora

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We combine high-resolution spectroscopic data from APOGEE-2 survey Data Release 16 (DR16) with broad-band photometric data from several sources as well as parallaxes from Gaia Data Release 2 (DR2). Using the Bayesian isochrone-fitting code StarHorse, we derived the distances, extinctions, and astrophysical parameters for around 388 815 APOGEE stars. We achieve typical distance uncertainties of ∼6% for APOGEE giants, ∼2% for APOGEE dwarfs, and extinction uncertainties of ∼0.07 mag, when all photometric information is available, and ∼0.17 mag if optical photometry is missing. StarHorse uncertainties vary with the input spectroscopic catalogue, available photometry, and parallax uncertainties. To illustrate the impact of our results, we show that thanks to Gaia DR2 and the now larger sky coverage of APOGEE-2 (including APOGEE-South), we obtain an extended map of the Galactic plane. We thereby provide an unprecedented coverage of the disc close to the Galactic mid-plane (|ZGal| < 1 kpc) from the Galactic centre out to RGal ∼ 20 kpc. The improvements in statistics as well as distance and extinction uncertainties unveil the presence of the bar in stellar density and the striking chemical duality in the innermost regions of the disc, which now clearly extend to the inner bulge. We complement this paper with distances and extinctions for stars in other public released spectroscopic surveys: 324 999 in GALAH DR2, 4 928 715 in LAMOST DR5, 408 894 in RAVE DR6, and 6095 in GES DR3.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberA76
JournalAstronomy and astrophysics
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020


  • Galaxy: disk
  • Galaxy: general
  • Galaxy: stellar content
  • Stars: distances
  • Stars: fundamental parameters
  • Stars: statistics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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    Queiroz, A. B. A. (Contributor), Anders, F. (Creator), Chiappini, C. (Creator), Khalatyan, A. (Creator), Santiago, B. X. (Creator), Steinmetz, M. (Creator), Valentini, M. (Creator), Miglio, A. (Creator), Barbuy, B. (Creator), Minchev, I. (Creator), Minniti, D. (Creator), García Hernández, H. D. A. (Contributor), Schultheis, M. (Creator), Beaton, R. L. (Creator), Beers, T. C. (Creator), Bizyaev, D. (Creator), Brownstein, J. R. (Creator), Cunha, K. (Creator), Fernández-Trincado, J. G. (Contributor), Frinchaboy, P. M. (Creator), Lane, R. R. (Creator), Majewski, S. R. (Creator), Nataf, D. (Creator), Nitschelm, C. (Creator), Pan, K. (Creator), Roman-Lopes, A. (Creator), Sobeck, J. S. (Creator), Stringfellow, G. (Creator), Zamora, O. (Creator), Queiroz, A. B. A. (Contributor), Santiago, B. X. (Creator), Valentini, M. (Creator), Minniti, D. (Creator), Schultheis, M. (Creator), Frinchaboy, P. M. (Creator), Lane, R. R. (Creator), Majewski, S. R. (Creator) & Stringfellow, G. (Creator), Centre de Donnees Strasbourg (CDS), 2020


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