Joint Survey Processing. II. Stellar Proper Motions in the COSMOS Field from Hubble Space Telescope ACS and Subaru Telescope HSC Observations

May 2022 • 2022ApJ...930...71F

Authors • Fajardo-Acosta, Sergio B. • Faisst, Andreas • Grillmair, Carl J. • Chary, Ranga-Ram • Paladini, Roberta • Rusholme, Ben • Stickley, Nathaniel

Abstract • We analyze stellar proper motions in the COSMOS field to assess the presence of bulk motions. At bright magnitudes (G-band 18.5-20.76 AB), we use the proper motions of 1010 stars in the Gaia DR2 catalog. At the faint end, we compute proper motions of 11,519 pointlike objects at i-band magnitudes 19-25 AB using Hubble ACS and Subaru HSC data, which span two epochs about 11 yr apart. In order to measure these proper motions with unprecedented accuracy at faint magnitudes, we developed a foundational set of astrometric tools that will be required for joint survey processing of data from the next generation of optical/infrared surveys. The astrometric grids of Hubble ACS and Subaru HSC mosaics were corrected at the catalog level using proper motion-propagated and parallax-corrected Gaia DR2 sources. These astrometric corrections were verified using compact extragalactic sources. Upon comparison of our measured proper motions with Gaia DR2, we estimate the uncertainties in our measurements to be ~2-3 mas yr-1 axis-1, down to 25.5 AB mag. We correct proper motions for the mean motion of the Sun, and we find that late-type main-sequence stars predominantly in the thin disk in the COSMOS field have space velocities mainly toward the Galactic center. We detect candidate high-velocity (≥220 km s-1) stars, six of them at ~0.4-6 kpc, from the Gaia sample, and five of them at ~20 kpc, from the faint star HSC and ACS sample. The sources from the faint star sample may be candidate halo members of the Sangarius stream.


IPAC Authors

Ranga-Ram Chary

Senior Scientist


Andreas Faisst

Assistant Scientist

Sergio Fajardo-Acosta

Associate Scientist


Carl Grillmair

Associate Scientist


Roberta Paladini

Senior Research Scientist

Ben Rusholme

Chief Engineer