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Old November 13th 08, 04:23 PM posted to sci.astro.hubble
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HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE - Continuing to collect World Class Science

DAILY REPORT***** #4736

PERIOD COVERED: 5am November 12 - 5am November 13, 2008 (DOY
*************************** 317/1000z-318/1000z)


FGS 11212/11901

Filling the Period Gap for Massive Binaries

The current census of binaries among the massive O-type stars is
seriously incomplete for systems in the period range from years to
millennia because the radial velocity variations are too small and the
angular separations too close for easy detection. Here we propose to
discover binaries in this observational gap through a Faint Guidance
Sensor SNAP survey of relatively bright targets listed in the Galactic
O Star Catalog. Our primary goal is to determine the binary frequency
among those in the cluster/association, field, and runaway groups. The
results will help us assess the role of binaries in massive star
formation and in the processes that lead to the ejection of massive
stars from their natal clusters. The program will also lead to the
identification of new, close binaries that will be targets of long
term spectroscopic and high angular resolution observations to
determine their masses and distances. The results will also be
important for the interpretation of the spectra of suspected and newly
identified binary and multiple systems.

FGS 11942

Increasing the Accuracy of HST Astrometry with FGS1r

We propose to observe six exoplanetary system host stars and two
planetary nebulae central stars with FGS1r. All objects have been
previously observed under proposals GO-09233, -09969, -10989, and
-11210. These observations will significantly extend the time
baseline, permitting improvements in the determination of proper
motion. This systematic motion must be removed to get at the
perturbation of interest, either due to exoplanetary companions or the
orbital motion of the Earth (parallax). In most cases the perturbation
orbits will also improve. We improve either companion mass or PN
parallax. For one target, GJ 876, theoretical dynamical modelers have
proposed an inclination closer to 50 degrees, while FGS3 measurements
indicated an inclination closer to 84 degrees. These new data, once
combined with our older FGS3 data, will permit an independent
remeasurement of the inclination of the outermost companion, and a
re-evaluation of widely used dynamical algorithms.

WFPC2 11130

AGNs with Intermediate-mass Black Holes: Testing the Black Hole-Bulge
Paradigm, Part II

The recent progress in the study of central black holes in galactic
nuclei has led to a general consensus that supermassive {10^6-10^9
solar mass} black holes are closely connected with the formation and
evolutionary history of large galaxies, especially their bulge
component. Two outstanding issues, however, remain unresolved. Can
central black holes form in the absence of a bulge? And does the mass
function of central black holes extend below 10^6 solar masses?
Intermediate-mass black holes {10^6 solar masses}, if they exist, may
offer important clues to the nature of the seeds of supermassive black
holes. Using the SDSS, our group has successfully uncovered a new
population of AGNs with intermediate-mass black holes that reside in
low-luminosity galaxies. However, very little is known about the
detailed morphologies or structural parameters of the host galaxies
themselves, including the crucial question of whether they have bulges
or not. Surprisingly, the majority of the targets of our Cycle 14
pilot program have structural properties similar to dwarf elliptical
galaxies. The statistics from this initial study, however, are really
too sparse to reach definitive conclusions on this important new class
of black holes. We wish to extend this study to a larger sample, by
using the Snapshot mode to obtain WFPC2 F814W images from a parent
sample of 175 AGNs with intermediate- mass black holes selected from
our final SDSS search. We are particularly keen to determine whether
the hosts contain bulges, and if so, how the fundamental plane
properties of the host depend on the mass of their central black
holes. We will also investigate the environment of this unique class
of AGNs.

WFPC2 11796

WFPC2 Cycle 16 Decontaminations and Associated Observations

This proposal is for the WFPC2 decons. Also included are instrument
monitors tied to decons: photometric stability check, focus monitor,
pre- and post-decon internals (bias, intflats, kspots, & darks), UV
throughput check, VISFLAT sweep, and internal UV flat check.


Significant Spacecraft Anomalies: (The following are preliminary
reports of potential non-nominal performance that will be


11572 - GSacq(2,0,2) failed

GSacq(2,0,2) at 317/15:47:33 failed to RGA control at 15:51:12 with
QF2STOPF and QSTOP flags set.

Observations affected: Astrometry, proposal #11212.

11573 - GSacq(2,0,2) Failed

GSacq(2,0,2) scheduled at 318/00:07:13z failed due to RGA control at
318/00:09:50 with QF2STOPF and QSTOP flags set.

Observation affected: Astrometry, Proposal #11901.



*********************** SCHEDULED***** SUCCESSFUL

FGS GSacq************** 13****************** 11
FGS REacq************** 00****************** 00
OBAD with Maneuver **** 26****************** 26



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