HaloSat Master Catalog

This table records high-level information for the observations obtained with HaloSat and provides access to the HaloSat data archive. HaloSat is the first astrophysics-focused CubeSat funded by NASA's Astrophysics Division (PI P. Kaaret University of Iowa). HaloSat is designed to map soft X-ray oxygen line emissions across the sky in order to constrain the mass and spatial distribution of hot gas in the Milky Way. HaloSat (PI P. Kaaret) was launched from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility and delivered to the International Space Station on May 21, 2018. HaloSat was deployed into orbit on July 13, 2018. The spacecraft and science instrument commissioning phase ended on October 16, 2018, and science operations started after that. Initially approved to operate for 12 months, HaloSat was extended to operate until mid-2020. To trace the Galactic halo, HaloSat is equipped with a non-focusing instrument, comprised of three independent silicon drift detectors (SDD14, SDD38, SDD54) operating in the energy range of 0.4 - 7.0 keV with a field of view of 10 deg in diameter and an energy resolution of 84.8 +/- 2.7 eV at 677 eV and 137.4 +/- 0.9 eV at 5895 eV. The observing strategy is to divide the sky into 333 positions (HaloSat fields) and acquire a minimum of 8000 detector-seconds for each position throughout the 12 months of operations. After launch additional positions were added to the initial 333 positions as well as observations. HaloSat observations of the chosen fields are divided in intervals of time such that the data files do not exceed 2GB. Each observation is labeled with a sequence number. This database table contains one record for each sequence number and includes parameters related to the observation.

Source https://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/W3Browse/all/halomaster.html
Metadata Access http://dc.g-vo.org/rr/q/pmh/pubreg.xml?verb=GetRecord&metadataPrefix=oai_datacite&identifier=ivo://nasa.heasarc/halomaster
Publication Year 2020
Contact Michael Preciado <Michael.E.Preciado@nasa.gov>
Resource Type AstroObjects
Format text/xml
Discipline Various