The second data release of the survey of the MAgellanic stellar history (SMASH)

David L. Nidever, Knut Olsen, Yumi Choi, Tomas Ruiz-Lara, Amy E. Miller, L. Clifton Johnson, Cameron P.M. Bell, Robert D. Blum, Maria Rosa L. Cioni, Carme Gallart, Steven R. Majewski, Nicolas F. Martin, Pol Massana, Antonela Monachesi, Noelia E.D. Noël, Joanna D. Sakowska, Roeland P. Van Der Marel, Alistair R. Walker, Dennis Zaritsky, Eric F. BellBlair C. Conn, Thomas J.L. De Boer, Robert A. Gruendl, Matteo Monelli, Ricardo R. Muñoz, Abhijit Saha, A. Katherina Vivas, Edouard Bernard, Gurtina Besla, Julio A. Carballo-Bello, Antonio Dorta, David Martinez-Delgado, Alex Goater, Vadim Rusakov, Guy S. Stringfellow

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The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds (LMC and SMC) are the largest satellite galaxies of the Milky Way and close enough to allow for a detailed exploration of their structure and formation history. The Survey of the MAgellanic Stellar History (SMASH) is a community Dark Energy Camera (DECam) survey of the Magellanic Clouds using ~50 nights to sample over ~2400 deg2 centered on the Clouds at ~20% filling factor (but with contiguous coverage in the central regions) and to depths of ~24th mag in ugriz. The primary goals of SMASH are to map out the extended stellar peripheries of the Clouds and uncover their complicated interaction and accretion history as well as to derive spatially resolved star formation histories of the central regions and create a "movie"of their past star formation. Here we announce the second SMASH public data release (DR2), which contains all 197 fully calibrated DECam fields including the main body fields in the central regions. The DR2 data are available through the Astro Data Lab hosted by the NSF's National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory. We highlight three science cases that make use of the SMASH DR2 data and will be published in the future: (1) preliminary star formation histories of the LMC, (2) the search for Magellanic star clusters using citizen scientists, and, (3) photometric metallicities of Magellanic Cloud stars using the DECam u-band.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberabceb7
JournalAstronomical Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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