General Astrophysics

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Carina Nebula Hubble mosaic with Roman FOV and Hubble callouts

Carina Nebula Hubble mosaic

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[Credit]Composition/A. Pagan (STScI); Background image/Nathan Smith, University of Minnesota; Hubble Image/NASA, ESA, N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA); CTIO Image/N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley) and NOAO/AURA/NSF, Mystic Mountain/NASA, ESA, and M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI); Eta Carinae/NASA, ESA, N. Smith (University of Arizona), and J. Morse (BoldlyGo Institute), NASA, ESA, and J. Maiz Apellaniz (Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia, Spain); Acknowledgement/N. Smith (University of Arizona)

Roman will support general astrophysics goals beyond dark energy and exoplanets in two ways. First, 25% of the 5 year prime mission will be dedicated to peer reviewed science covering any aspect of astrophysics. Second, the core community surveys will enable archival investigations.

General Astrophysics Surveys are anticipated to use any combination of archival data and dedicated observations, from purely archival observations to new observing programs enabling science that cannot be addressed otherwise.

The 2015 WFIRST Science Definition Team report includes as appendix D a set of about 40 briefly described general astrophysics science programs contributed by the community, providing a substantial but not exhaustive list of general astrophysics investigations enabled by Roman. This table, drawn from the 2015 report, lists the lead author and investigation title for each of these science cases. It also indicates whether the suggested investigation depends on new General Astrophysics observations, and/or on data from each of the three core community surveys.

Simulated Image of Andromeda

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Roman simulations of Andromeda

These composite figures show the region of Andromeda covered by the Roman Space Telescope simulation. It would be able to image the main body of Andromeda in just a few pointings, surveying the galaxy nearly 1500 times faster than Hubble.

[Credit]NASA, STScI, and B. F. Williams (University of Washington); Image composition/STScI ]

 A composite figure shows the region of Andromeda covered by the Roman Space Telescope simulation.

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