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Towards a VLBA Resolution of the Pleiades Distance Controversy

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Towards a VLBA Resolution of the Pleiades Distance Controversy

Towards a VLBA Resolution of the Pleiades Distance Controversy

Carl Melis (UC San Diego), Mark J. Reid (Harvard/CfA), John R. Stauffer (SSC/IPAC/CalTech), Amy Mioduszewski (NRAO), Geoffrey Bower (UC-Berkeley)

KSPThe Pleiades open cluster is the cornerstone of a great deal of stellar astrophysics. Nevertheless, it is the focus of the so-called 'Pleiades Distance Controversy'. This group proposes VLBA+GBT parallax measurements to definitively determine the distance to this cluster, and thus address issues ranging from the Hipparcos controversy to fundamental stellar astrophysics.