catalogs of GALEX UV sources

Revised Catalog of GALEX Ultraviolet Sources. I. The Allsky Survey: GUVcat_AIS


The Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) imaged the sky in two Ultraviolet (UV) bands, far-UV (FUV, 1528Å) and near-UV (NUV, 2310Å), delivering the first comprehensive sky surveys at these wavelengths. The GALEX database contains FUV and NUV images, 500 million source measurements and over 100,000 low-resolution UV spectra. The UV surveys are a unique resource for statistical studies of hot stellar objects, z2 QSOs, star-forming galaxies, nebulae and the interstellar medium, and provide a road-map for planning future UV instrumentation and follow-up observing programs. We present science-enhanced, “clean” catalogs of GALEX UV sources, with useful tags to facilitate scientific investigations. The catalogs are an improved and expanded version of our previous catalogs of UV sources (Bianchi et al. 2011, 2014: BCScat). With respect to BCScat, we have patched 640 fields for which the pipeline had improperly coadded non-overlapping observations, we provide a version with a larger sky coverage (about 10%) by relaxing the restriction to the central area of the GALEX field to 1.1diameter (GUVcat_AIS_fov055), as well as the cleaner, more restrictive version using only the 1  central portion of each field as in BCScat (GUVcat_AIS_fov050). We added new tags to facilitate selection and cleaning of statistical samples for science applications: we flag sources within the footprint of extended objects (nearby galaxies, stellar clusters) so that these regions can be excluded for estimating source density. As in our previous catalogs, in duplicate measurements of the same source are removed, so that each astrophysical object has only one entry. Such unique-source catalog is needed to study density and distributions of sources, and to match UV sources with catalogs at other wavelengths. The catalog includes all observations from the All-Sky Imaging Survey (AIS), the survey with the largest area coverage, with both FUV and NUV detectors exposed: over 28,700 fields, made up of a total of 57,000 observations (“s”). The total area covered, when overlaps are removed and gaps accounted for, is 24,790 (GUVcat_AIS_fov055) and 22,125 (GUVcat_AIS_fov050) square degrees. The total number of “unique” AIS sources (eliminating duplicate measurements) is 82,992,086 () and 69,772,677 (). The typical depth of the GUVcat_AIS catalog is FUV=19.9, NUV=20.8 ABmag.

Astronomical Databases: surveys, catalogs; Stars: post-AGB, early-type; Galaxy: stellar content; Ultraviolet

1 Introduction.

Current observational astrophysics benefits from data mining of modern sky surveys, enabled by large-format detectors, improved instrument stability, and computational data-base facilities capable of easily handling large data volumes. At optical wavelengths, the relevance and variety of science outcomes from the first modern surveys of the sky, such as the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), prompted new, more powerful surveys to be planned and built (e.g., Pan-STARRS, ESO-VISTA, SkyMAPPER, LSST…). At infrared, X-ray and -ray wavelengths, series of surveys with increasing quality, depth, and resolution have progressively advanced our view of several classes of sources most prominent in each range. At UV wavelengths, instead, only the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) performed comprehensive sky surveys, with different coverage and depth (Morrissey et al., 2007; Bianchi, 2009; Bianchi et al., 2011a; Bianchi, 2014; Bianchi et al., 2014a). GALEX surveys therefore remain the most extensive resource in the UV for planning follow-up observations and missions, and for extracting science from the still largely unexplored database (for earlier, pioneering UV missions see e.g., Bianchi (2016)).

This work presents the latest version of the GALEX catalog of UV sources, GUVcat, that will facilitate statistical investigations involving UV measurements, and cross-matching with other samples. It follows, expands and improves the earlier versions by Bianchi et al. (2011a, b) and Bianchi et al. (2014a)(BCScat). We present here the catalog from the survey with the largest sky coverage; similar source catalogs from the deeper surveys, more limited in area coverage, will follow, as well as catalogs of UV variables, and a UV spectroscopic database.

The paper is arranged as follows: first we recall the characteristics of the GALEX instrument (Section 2), of the major surveys performed (Section 3), and of the GALEX data and photometry (Section 4) of relevance for catalog users. In Section 5 we describe the criteria used for construction of the new catalog and improvements with respect to previous versions, in Section 6 we give a statistical overview the catalogs’ source content, and provide relevant information for using the catalog, in Section 7 we explain the calculation of area coverage, and in Section 8 we discuss the distribution of sources across the sky as well as summarize useful caveats and suggestions for using this catalog and GALEX data. A detailed description of the procedure used to identify and remove duplicate measurements of sources is given in Appendix A. A complete list of the tags of catalog sources is given in Table 8 of Appendix B. Appendix C illustrates in more detail some caveats and the most relevant artifacts.

Figure 1: Sky coverage, in Galactic coordinates, of the GALEX imaging (GR6plus7 data release). The surveys with the largest area coverage are AIS (shown in blue) and MIS (shown in green). Observations from other surveys are shown in black (figure adapted from Bianchi et al. 2014a). Data from the trailed CAUSE observations at the end of the mission are not shown. Left: fields observed with the NUV detector on, regardless of FUV-detector status; right: fields observed with both FUV and NUV detectors on. The latter constitute the present catalog.

2 GALEX instrument and data characteristics

GALEX (Martin et al., 2005), a NASA Small Explorer class mission with contributions from the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales of France and the Korean Ministry of Science and Technology, performed the first sky-wide Ultraviolet surveys. It was launched on April 28, 2003 and decommissioned by NASA on June 28, 2013. GALEX’s instrument consisted of a Ritchey-Chrétientype telescope with a 50 cm primary mirror and focal length of 299.8cm. Through a dichroic beam splitter, light was fed to two detectors simultaneously, yielding observations in two broad bands: far-UV (FUV, 1528Å, 1344-1786Å) and near-UV (NUV, 2310Å, 1771-2831Å). GALEX had two observing modes, direct imaging and grism field spectroscopy. The FUV detector stopped working in May 2009; subsequent GALEX observations have only NUV data (Figure 1).

The GALEX field of view is 1.2 diameter (1.28/1.24, FUV/NUV), the spatial resolution is 4.2/5.3 (Morrissey et al., 2007). For each observation, an FUV and an NUV image, sampled with virtual pixels of 1.5 , are reconstructed from the photon list recorded by the two photon-counting micro-channel plate detectors. From the reconstructed image, the GALEX pipeline then derives a sky background image, by interpolating a surface from flux measurements in areas with no detected sources, and performs source photometry in various ways: aperture, psf, Kron-like elliptical (see Appendix B). Sources detected in the FUV and NUV images of the same observation are matched by the pipeline to produce a merged-source list (both bands combined) for each observation. We will return to this matching later.

To reduce local response variations, in order to maximize photometric accuracy, each observation was carried out in “AIS mode” for most AIS data and with a 1 spiral dithering pattern for MIS and DIS.5 The surveys were accumulated by covering contiguous “tiles” in the sky, with series of such observations, sometimes repeated, called “s”.

The Galactic plane was largely inaccessible during the prime mission phase because of the many bright stars that violated high-countrate safety limits. Such constraints were relaxed at the end of the mission. A survey of the Magellanic Clouds (MC), also previously unfeasible due to brightness limits, was completed at the end of the mission, when the initial count-rate saftey threshold (Bianchi (2014); Simons et al. (2014); Thilker et al. (2017)) was lowered. Because of the FUV detector’s failure in 2009, these extensions include only NUV measurements (Figure 1).

3 The sky surveys

GALEX has performed sky surveys with different depth and coverage (Morrissey et al. (2007),Bianchi (2009)). The two detectors, FUV and NUV, observed simultaneously as long as the FUV detector was operational; however, there are occasional observations in which one of the two detectors was off (mostly FUV) due to brief shut-down episodes, even in the early part of the mission; in addition, in some observations the FUV and NUV exposure times differ (see Bianchi et al. 2014a, in particular their Table 1 and Fig. 2).

The surveys with the largest area coverage are the All-Sky Imaging survey (AIS) and the Medium-depth Imaging Survey (MIS): the sky coverage is shown in Figure 1. Exposure times slightly vary within each survey, around the respective nominal exposures of 100 sec for AIS, which corresponds to a detection limit (5 ) of FUV20/NUV21 ABmag, and 1500 sec for MIS, corresponding to a depth of 22.7 ABmag in both FUV and NUV. The Deep Imaging Survey (DIS) accumulated exposures of the order of several tens of thousand of seconds in selected fields (for example, for a 30,000 sec exposure, the depth reached is 24.8/24.4 ABmag in FUV/NUV). In addition, the “Nearby Galaxies Survey” (Bianchi et al. 2003, Gil de Paz et al. 2007), dedicated to mapping large nearby galaxies, covered initially 436 fields at MIS depth, but hundreds of additional nearby galaxies were mapped by GALEX, as part of MIS or other surveys (see also Section 6.1). Other observations were obtained during guest investigator (GI) programs, and for other targeted regions such as, for example, the Kepler field (e.g., Smith et al. (2014)).

The current GALEX database (data release GR6plus7) contains 582,968,330 source measurements resulting from a total of 100,865 imaging s; most of these source measurements are from observations with both FUV and NUV detectors on (64551 s, 47239 of which from the AIS survey). Figure 1 shows the sky coverage of all GALEX observations performed with both FUV and NUV detectors on (right panel), and in NUV regardless of FUV-detector status (left panel). The figure does not include the last NUV trailed observations (the privately-funded “CAUSE” observing phase, conducted in scan mode).

Figure 2: A portion of the Galactic open cluster NGC 2420 imaged by GALEX; detected sources as defined by the standard pipeline are outlined in pink, and from our custom-made photometry (de Martino et al., 2008) in green. The example illustrates the case of some crowded pointlike sources being merged by the pipeline into one extended source. In the outskirts of the cluster, less crowded, the pipeline source identification matches ours very well.

4 GALEX data and photometry

Figure 3: To be printed in landscape Left: database sources included in AIS_480 are shown as purple dots. They result from merging two s (right); the large black dots are sources within 0.5from the center of the , thus in principle meeting the criterion for our catalog (and BCScat). Smaller black dots are sources in nearby fields. Right: Over the pipeline-merged sources with 0.5(black dots), the -level sources are shown in dark yellow ( with NUV exposure only) and green ( with both NUV and FUV exposures). On the latter, blue circles mark sources with significant detection also in FUV. We use large/small symbols to indicate sources inside/outside of a 0.5radius from the actual center of each . In the database all purple sources are given exposure times equal to the sum of the two s, but this is correct only for those in the small intersection of yellow and green dots. Also, sources from the rim of both appear to have a small distance from the center, because the pipeline assigned a value of based on the center, rather than on the center of the parent observation, and therefore these rim sources will not be discarded by a selection in .

GALEX data include images through either direct imaging or grism, and associated photometry from the pipeline or extracted spectra respectively. High-level science products (HLSP) have also been released (Bianchi et al., 2011a), and unique source catalogs (i.e., with no duplicate observations of the same source, Bianchi et al. (2011a, 2014a): BCScat), these are available at MAST and Vizier, and are precursors of the present catalog.

The photometry calibration for any data release uses the zero points of Morrissey et al. (2007), any subsequent pipeline updates were reflected in revised extracted source count-rates (CTR), so that the zero points remained unchanged. On the AB magnitude scale, the GALEX magnitudes are defined as:  

UV_mag= -2.5 log(CTR) + ZP      (AB mag)                           (eq. 1)

where CTR is the dead-time corrected, flat-fielded count rate (counts s) and the zero-point values are ZP=18.82 and ZP=20.08.

The transformations to Vega magnitudes are (Bianchi, 2011) :
FUV_mag=FUV_mag -2.223                                                                 (eq. 2)
NUV_mag=NUV_mag -1.699                                                                 (eq. 3)

In Sections 4.1 to 6.1 we discuss additional details and relevant caveats for using GALEX data. Practical advice on use of GALEX data and this catalog is summarized in Section 8.2.

4.1 Bright sources

High count-rates from UV-bright sources cause non-linearity in the response, or saturation, due to the detector’s dead-time correction being overtaken by the photon arrival rate. Morrissey et al. (2007) reported non-linearity at a 10% rolloff to set in at 109 counts s for FUV and 311 counts s for NUV. These countrates correspond to FUV_mag=13.73 ABmag (1.53 10 erg s cm Å) and NUV_mag=13.85 ABmag (6.41 10 erg s cm Å). A correction for non-linearity is applicable over a limited range, beyond which the measured countrate saturates and the true source flux is no longer recoverable (see their Figure 8). The bright-object limit during the primary mission was 30,000 counts s per source, corresponding to 9ABmag for NUV (7 10 erg s cm Å) and 5,000 counts s per source in FUV (ABmag 9.6, 6 10 erg s cm Å). Such limits were relaxed at the end of the mission.

In addition to the non-linearity for sources with high CTR, the total CTR over the entire field affects the stim-pulse correction, which in turn affects the correction for non linearity. We refer to Thilker et al. (2017) for details of the issue, and recipe for correction.

The calibration of GALEX fluxes is tied to the UV standards used for HST (Bohlin, 2001). However, all but one of the white dwarf (WD) standard stars have GALEX count-rates in the non-linear regime. Camarota & Holberg (2014) derived an empirical correction to the GALEX magnitudes in the non-linear range, using a well studied sample of WDs with previous UV spectra and model atmospheres. Their correction is valid in the bright-flux regime as specified in their work, but would diverge if extrapolated to fainter fluxes. Further refinements of the calibration have not yet been explored to our knowledge. In future works we will examine the stability of the response at very high countrates (Bianchi et al., 2017a; de la Vega & Bianchi, 2017).

4.2 Crowded fields

Source detection and photometry measurements performed by the GALEX pipeline become unreliable where sources are too crowded relative to the instrument’s resolution. Conspicuous examples include stellar clusters in the Milky Way (Figure 2), fields in or near the Magellanic Clouds (Simons et al., 2014; Bianchi, 2014), and nearby extended galaxies (Section 6.1). The pipeline, designed for the general purpose of detecting both point-like and extended sources (such as galaxies, typically with an elliptical shape), sometimes interprets two or more nearby point sources as one extended source; this seems to occur in crowded regions, as Figure 2 shows. Note that, in some crowded fields, at times the pipeline fails to resolve even point-like sources with separation comparable to, or larger than the instrumental resolution; see Figure 2 for an example, or Figure 3 of Simons et al. (2014) for a Magellanic Cloud field. In extended galaxies, the local background of diffuse stellar populations may compound the crowding around clustered sources or bright star-forming complexes.

In extended galaxies, because UV fluxes are sensitive to the youngest, hottest stars, which are typically arranged in compact groups within star-forming regions, UV-emission peaks are identified by the pipeline as individual sources and some star-forming structures may be shredded in individual peaks, or tightly clustered sources may be merged into an extended source. In other cases, the extended emission of the central galaxy disk is often interpreted as a single extended source. In many cases, the result from the pipeline is a single measurement of a large central area and an overdensity of sources in the outer disk. An example is shown in Fig.5. Custom measurements are needed in extended galaxies, with special care to background subtraction (e.g., Kang et al. (2009); Efremova et al. (2011); Bianchi et al. (2014b); Thilker et al. (2007, 2017)). Useful tags to identify such cases are described in Section 6.1.

For consistency, and completeness, all AIS measurements from the master database with both FUV and NUV exposures 0 seconds were used to produce our GALEX source catalogs GUVcat_AIS. Large galaxies, stellar clusters, and MC fields6 were not excluded, to avoid introducing arbitrary gaps in the catalog coverage, because choice of which regions must be excluded depends on the specific science application and the characteristics of the sources to be analyzed (e.g., magnitude range, Bianchi et al. (2011b)). As with every large database, it is ultimately the user’s choice (and responsibility) to check crowded or problematic regions or extended objects, and exclude such regions if needed, or carefully check the photometry if these areas cannot be excluded (see Section 6.1), and use specific custom-vetted photometry catalogs for these particular areas when necessary. For the Magellanic Clouds (MC), initial custom photometry was performed by Simons et al. (2014); the final and complete version of the MC catalog is published by Thilker et al. (2017) and should be used in these regions, instead of GUVcat or the database products.

5 The UV source catalog.

For several sources there are multiple measurements in the GALEX master database, due to repeated observations of the same field, or overlap between contiguous fields. For studies involving UV-source counts, or to match UV samples with catalogs at other wavelengths, one needs to eliminate repeats, as well as artifacts. Therefore, we have constructed catalogs of unique UV sources, eliminating duplicate measurements of the same object. Separate catalogs were constructed for AIS and MIS, because of the 2-3 mag difference in depth. The catalog presented here is an expanded and improved version of “BCScat” published by Bianchi et al. (2014a), who also presented the first sky maps showing density of UV sources with various cuts. An earlier version, based on the fifth data release (GR5), was published by Bianchi et al. (2011a), who extensively discussed the criteria for constructing GALEX source catalogs and matched catalogs between GALEX and other surveys. Bianchi et al. (2011b) presented distributions of density of sources as a function of Galactic latitude, magnitude, and colors. We refer to these papers for useful presentations of the UV source distributions across the sky, and in magnitudes and colors; such considerations will not be repeated here because the overall statistics will appear very similar, but we strongly advise to use the catalog presented here for better quality and completeness. The improvements with respect to the earlier versions are described in the next section. Bianchi et al. (2011a) also released matched GALEXxSDSS catalogs, and Bianchi et al. (2011b) presented matched GALEXxGSC2 catalogs. Work on source classification from the matched catalogs was presented by Bianchi (2009) and Bianchi et al. (2011a, 2009, 2007, 2005). The earlier versions of the unique-source catalogs (Bianchi et al., 2011a, 2014a) are superseded by GUVcat presented here. Matched catalogs of GUVcat with SDSS, PanSTARRS, 2MASS, WISE, and Gaia will be released by Bianchi et al. (2017b).

In the GALEX database, an FUV magnitude with value of -999 means either that the FUV detector was on and the source was detected in NUV but too faint in FUV to be measured, or that the FUV detector was off. In order to examine and classify sources by color, and the relative fraction of sources with different colors, Bianchi et al. (2014a, 2011a) restricted the catalogs to those observations in which both detectors were exposed. We do the same here. In addition, our previous catalogs were conservatively restricted to measurements within the central 1  diameter of the field of view, to exclude the outer rim, where distortions prevent position and photometry of sources to be derived accurately, and counts from rim spikes cause numerous artifacts to intrude the source list. In the present version we again offer a catalog restricted to sources within 0.5from the field center, GUVcat_AIS_050, and also a version relaxing this limit to 0.55, GUVcat_AIS_055, to reduce gaps in area coverage, as described in Section 5.2 and 7. Sections 5 and 8.2 clarify which catalog is preferable depending on the science purpose. The present catalog includes all AIS fields with both FUV and NUV exposed.7

5.1 Patching and updating BCScat

The initial need for patching came from the discovery that in some fields the GALEX pipeline had coadded observations from different s which are largely not overlapping. GALEX observed each field (termed “tile” in the database) in one or more “” (composed of one or more “subvisit”); the partial-exposure images (s) that passed the either automated or manual quality test (“QA”) were coadded, and “” products (images, photometry) from the pipeline were entered in the database; the exposure time listed for the is the sum of the partial exposures that were combined. A data-set is listed as “” in the database even if it consists only of one . The products are the default data level accessed by browsing the GALEX database with ( For constructing the catalog, and for most other purposes, using the s as a starting point is the best option since they provide the total exposure available for each field, with all s already coadded. Our previous catalogs were therefore constructed combining sources from the s, and so is the catalog being released with this paper, with the exceptions described below.

The UV source catalog BCScat_AIS (Bianchi et al., 2014a) was constructed from the 28,707 AIS s with both FUV and NUV total exposures 0. These s are made up of 57,000 s (47,239 of which have both detectors exposed). We discovered however that in some GALEX AIS fields the pipeline had coadded s centered at significantly differing positions, up to 26.8 apart (which means, in this extreme case, almost no overlap). The pipeline then places the nominal center of the resulting in between the centers of the merged s, compounding the problem and making some critical tags useless (mis-leading). s made of non-overlapping s cause three potential problems, affecting any analysis, and all previous catalogs. To illustrate these problems we show an example, AIS_480, in Fig. 3. In this case the database has merged two s: one with both detectors exposed (shown as green dots in Fig. 3) and one with only the NUV-detector exposed (yellow dots). The database sources associated with this , i.e. the , are shown in purple. The total exposure time given in the database is the sum of the exposures of the two s, hence all the AIS_480 sources (the purple dots) appear to have FUV exposure equal to that of the first , and NUV exposure equal to the sum of the two s. But this is only true in the area of overlap of the two s, which is very small in this case. In the yellow-dot-only area (portion of 2 not overlapping with  1), sources have FUV_mag=-999 (i.e., non-detection), but they appear to have an FUV exposure 0 (as the same exposure is given for the entire ), therefore they would be erroneously interpreted as having FUV flux below the detection threshold, while in fact they have no FUV data. In the green-dot-only area, sources appear to have an NUV exposure equal to the sum of the two s, while they only have the exposure time of  1. Such improper s then introduce two biases when one selects - as we do in our previous, and current, catalogs - only fields with both detectors exposed, and we include for each field only sources within a certain radius from the field center to avoid rim artifacts and poor source photometry in the outer edge of the field of view (f.o.v.). First, the green-only sources, that would meet our catalog selection criteria (both detectors exposed), are not included in the catalog, because the center of the tile is the center of the (in Figure 3-top black dots are the sources within 0.5from the ’s field center). Second, some yellow-only sources (within the 0.5circle from the coadd center) intrude the sample in spite they actually have no FUV exposure. The consequences will be for example that the ratio of FUV detections over NUV detections will be incorrect, and so any interpretation of UV color. In sum, these “bad s” cause: (i) loss of sources that should have been included, (ii) intrusion of sources not meeting the criteria, and (iii) misleading exposure times for the included sources. In addition, and worst of all, (iv) our criterion of limiting the catalog to sources within 0.5from the field center, intended to exclude the numerous rim artifacts and distorted sources along the edge of the fields, is nullified by the value being assigned by the pipeline with respect to the centering of the : Fig. 3 shows that the merged sources within 0.5 from the center include part of the rim of both s. In fact, by imposing a limit of 0.5, we would expect no sources with rim artifact flag in the catalog; instead, there are 116,530 sources with =32 and 74,579 with =32 in BCScat_AIS. These were introduced by the in which non-overlapping s had been merged by the pipeline (hereafter ). This problem had never been reported previously to our knowledge. When we discovered it, we undertook an effort to identify all the in the database, and patch the catalogs. The result is the GUVcat_AIS presented here.

The first step for constructing a revised catalog was therefore to identify the , and to use the data from the corresponding individual instead of the in such cases. To identify the , we compared the center of each of the 28,707 AIS with the centers of their associated s (i.e., the s used by the pipeline to build each ). For all cases where the center of one or more of the associated s differs by more than 5 from the center of the coadded , we discarded the and ingested in the catalog the corresponding s (those that satisfy the criteria of both detectors being exposed). In this way we ensure that an FUV non-detection in the catalog is an actual non-detection and not a non-exposure, that the exposure times are correct, and that the centers correspond, within a given tolerance, to the actual centers of the observation () so there is no loss of good sources, and no inclusion of rim artifacts (see also next section). We chose a tolerance of 5 between centers, as a good compromise to use as many as possible of the (which offer the most exposure available in each field) without introducing the negative effects described above.

Out of a total 28,707 AIS fields with both FUV and NUV exposure 0, made up of 57,000 s, there are 640 8, made up of 1195 s. Of these s, 886 have both FUV and NUV exposed: these have been used to construct the new catalog, in place of their corresponding 640 bad s. The identified in this way are spread all across the sky, therefore it was not possible to simply patch a subset of the previous (BCScat) catalog by removing the and replacing them with data from the individual s, because to construct the unique-source catalog duplicate measurements of the same source had been identified and removed. Some of the overlap with other (good) fields, and the procedure constructing the catalogs eliminates duplicate measurements from overlapping fields.

We therefore constructed a new catalog, GUVcat_AIS, using all the “good” s (28067, with both FUV and NUV exposed, positions within each differing by no more than 5 ), and for the , the individual s of that instead. Table 4 (electronic only) lists the centers of the used to construct the new catalog, and specifies whether (“C”) or (“V”) photometry was used. The 640 are listed in Table 5 (electronic only); we release this list too, because it may be of general interest, in providing to users of the GALEX database a quick quality check of the data they use. Because of its potential more general use, in Table 5 we include all AIS s and s regardless of exposure, although in our catalog we only retain observations with both detectors exposed. These are easy to identify, having both exposure times 0, and are indicated as ’G’ in the last column of the table (they were included in BCScat), ’N’ indicates those not included.

In the next section we describe the criteria used to construct the new catalog, which largely follows our previous recipe (Bianchi et al., 2011a, 2014a), with several improvements. Five of the s, which appear to have both FUV and NUV exposure, were not replaced by their individual s because each one consists only of two s, non overlapping, one exposed only in NUV and one exposed only in FUV. These s were included in BCScat, but are excluded in the present catalog, and not replaced by s; They have the following : 6385728408348786688, 6385728422307430400, 6386256187888762880, 6386748750844395520, 6386748759434330112. These entries are marked with ’N’ in the last column of Table 5. For one of these fields the difference between the center of the two visits is only 5.4 : this implies that most of their sources (except for an outer annulus) may have good measurements in both filters. We had nonetheless to apply a consistent criterion to discard , therefore these data are not included in GUVcat_AIS.

To summarize: in the GALEX database there are 28,707 AIS fields (s) that appear to have both FUV and NUV exposure 0; we examined the distance between the center of each and the center of the s which were combined to produce it, and found 28,067 (distance between all s of the same 5 ) resulting from 54,996 s, and 1,195 s whose centers differ 5 from the center of their , affecting 640 . These 640 bad are made up of 2,400 in total; we discarded these , and used only with both FUV and NUV exposure 0 to replace them: 1,468 .

5.2 Criteria for constructing the UV source catalog

The catalog was constructed from the database source photometry with the criteria given below, following the recipe of Bianchi et al. (2011a, b, 2014a), where other details can be found, and of which the present catalogs represent the updated and expanded version. We used the photometry from 28,067 AIS good , plus 1,468 that replaced 635 of the 640 as described in the previous section; the ensemble of these datasets includes the whole AIS coverage with both FUV and NUV detectors exposed.

The catalog includes sources:

  • from observations with both FUV and NUV detectors on. This restriction is useful for science applications in which the fraction of sources with a given FUV-NUV color is of interest, or to estimate the fraction of sources with significant detection in FUV over the total NUV detections (e.g., Bianchi et al. (2014a), and Sections 6 and 8). More observations, taken with one of the two detectors turned off (mostly FUV), exist in the MAST database. Including in our catalog observations where one detector was not exposed would bias any statistical analysis, since the FUV magnitude of a NUV-detected source appears in the database as a non-detection (FUV=-999) either because the FUV detector was turned off, or the FUV detector was on but the FUV flux of that source was actually below detection threshold. In some cases the exposure is not the same in both detectors (exposure times are also given in Table 4). We used all AIS data in which both detectors’ exposures were 0.

  • within the central 0.55(GUVcat_AIS_055) or 0.50(GUVcat_AIS_050) radius of the field-of-view (fov_radius 0.55  or 0.50, respectively), to avoid sources with poor photometry and astrometry near the edge of the field, and rim artifacts. This restriction yields source samples with overall homogeneous quality, and minimize artifacts, without great loss of area coverage. Users interested in a particular source that falls on the outermost edge of a GALEX field should obtain the measurements from the GALEX database and carefully examine the quality. The less conservative 0.55  limit reduces gaps between fields and increases total area coverage (see Section 7), while still excluding the outermost rim in nearly all data (Section 6.2).

  • with NUV magnitude errors 0.5mag; that is, all sources with NUV detections are retained, regardless of detection in the FUV filter. Typically, about 10% of the NUV-detected sources are also detected in FUV (Bianchi et al., 2011b). Effects of error cuts on the resulting samples can be seen from Figure 4 of Bianchi et al. (2011a), and Figures 24 of Bianchi et al. (2011b). Sources in the database having a FUV detection with no NUV counterpart will not make it into the catalog: these cases are very rare, and are either mismatches or artifacts (see later), or cases where the pipeline resolves individual sources in FUV but merges them into one extended source in NUV, such as for example in the center of globular clusters (Fig. 5.c).

  • Unique, i.e. duplicate measurements of the same source are identified and removed: each object is counted only once in the GUVcat catalog. The procedure for defining duplicates is fully described in Appendix A, as it involves often neglected complexities. The unique-source catalog is useful for most science applications, such as examining density of sources, and for cross-matching with other catalogs. We provide online also a master catalog (GUVcat_plus) in which duplicate measurements are identified and flagged but not removed. Details can be found in Appendix A. The identified repeated measurements could be used in principle for serendipitous variability searches; we provide tags giving magnitude difference between “primary” and “secondary” sources, but mainly for the purpose of checking consistency between repeated measurements. Because our catalog made use of s as much as possible, variability searches will be more productive on catalogs extracted at level, or better yet with sub- integrations, which we will present in follow-up works (Bianchi et al., 2017c; Million et al, 2017).

There are five AIS fields (photoextractid = 6379923033125027840, 6381259965176217600, 6379711852804308992, 6372041728408420352 and 6379571150749433856) where both FUV and NUV detectors were exposed, but NUV and FUV sources do not match: all sources with NUV measurements show no FUV detection (FUV_mag=-999), and viceversa all FUV sources have NUV_mag=-999. These fields are nonetheless included in the catalog because they satisfy all the defined criteria, however users must keep in mind that such mismatch would cause a false statistics of FUV-NUV colors in these fields. In Appendix C we show one of these fields, and also use it as example to illustrate the main artifact flags of the GALEX sources.

6 Content and Structure of the Catalog

The catalog includes 82,992,086 unique sources (GUVcat_AIS_055), from a total of 86,632,284 AIS measurements (GUVcat_AIS_plus, before duplicates are removed). The version restricted to sources within the central 1  of the GALEX field, GUVcat_AIS_050, contains 69,772,677 sources. Note that the majority of these measurements are from s (Section 5.1), therefore duplicate measurements only occur in field overlaps or repetitions. These fields are the result of over 56,000 s, many repeats at level were already merged in the s we used.

Tables 6 and 7 give the number of sources included in GUVcat_AIS, at different galactocentric latitudes, the fraction which have multiple measurements, those affected by artifacts, and samples with magnitude and color selections. Whole-sky maps of the density of UV sources and their characteristics across the sky were shown by Bianchi et al. (2014a), which highlighted interesting distributions of hot stars in the Milky Way, among other trends.

The catalog gives several tags for each source, including position (R.A., Dec., Galactic ), photometry measurements in FUV and NUV and their errors (“nuv_mag” and “fuv_mag” are the “best” measurements as chosen by the pipeline, and preferable in most cases; other measurements are also included, such as PSF photometry, aperture photometry with different apertures, and Kron-like elliptical aperture magnitudes), other parameters useful to retrieve the original image from which the photometry was extracted (tag photoextractid), as well as artifact flags and extraction flags that can be used to eliminate spurious sources (see Section 6.2 below). In addition to these astrometry and photometry tags, propagated from the GALEX pipeline processing, we include new tags informative of the existence of duplicate [AIS] measurements or nearby sources (described in Appendix A), and tags indicating whether the source falls within the footprint of a large object such as galaxy or Milky Way stellar cluster. These added tags facilitate extraction of clean samples for science applications of the catalog. The complete list of tags and their description is given in Appendix B.

The catalogs can be downloaded from the author’s web site:, and will be also available from the MAST casjobs web site ( and from the SIMBAD Vizier database, which allows VO-type queries including cross-correlation with other catalogs in the same database. 9

Figure 4: Distribution of the separation between FUV and NUV position of the sources in the GALEX database. A representative sample of 2 million sources is shown. Subsamples with cuts in the tag [that the match is real] are shown.

6.1 Sources in Extended Clusters or Galaxies

While we cannot and should not exclude from the catalog the sources (as measured by the pipeline) in extended galaxies or crowded fields, for convenience of catalog’s users we flagged all sources that fall within the footprint Galactic stellar clusters or galaxies larger than 1 . We added a tag which contains the identifier of the large object prefixed by “GA:” for galaxies (e.g., GA:M33 ), “GC:” or “OC:” for globular clusters and open clusters respectively (e.g., GC:NGC5272), “SC:” for less well defined cluster types. We also added a tag which gives the D diameter for galaxies, or twice the radius for stellar clusters. Note that 1 is a very conservative limit, for the purpose of eliminating crowded regions, but a user can choose to worry only about larger objects by using a combination of these two tags, which we highly recommend. We provide finding charts for all of the extended objects (1 ) in the footprint of GUVcat_AIS. These can be found in the GUVcat tools on the author’s web site

The stellar clusters included for flagging were taken from the compilation available at, which basically includes all globular clusters from Harris (1996), which are all confirmed objects, and includes as “open clusters” confirmed, candidate or doubtful clusters, or spurious objects such as OB associations and large nebulae. Of course the definition of open clusters is less specific than is possible for globular clusters, and their stellar density also varies more widely. As pointed out in Section 4.2, only in the most crowded regions of clusters the source extraction would fail. In the dense central regions of globular clusters, the pipeline sometimes integrates a large area as one extended source. This may happen both for galaxies and for crowded stellar clusters: examples are shown in Figure 5.

The catalog gives three values of radius: r (radius of the cluster core in the visible, corresponding to the distance from the center where the radial density profile becomes flatter), r (where the radial density profile abruptly stops decreasing) and r (where the surface density of stars equals the average density of the surrounding field); it also gives the number of (optical) sources within these radii. In order to select the most appropriate value of cluster radius for our purpose, i.e. to exclude only sources which would very likely introduce statistical biases, we examined two classical examples, NGC188 and NGC2420. By combining the number of sources with the cluster sizes, we concluded that r is a good compromise, although somewhat conservative. OB associations are interesting objects , but are sparse and are much less likely to suffer from crowding problems, and to introduce significant overdensities in global source counts. Therefore, we restrict the ’open cluster’ list to only clusters, and we further restricted these by combining the criteria of not “C” (candidate) and neither “DUB” nor “NON”. In total, 48 GC and 324 OC are included, entirely or partly, in the GUVcat footprint, all are shown in our web pages. Table 2 (electronic only) lists centers, size and other parameters for Galactic clusters.

Table 3 (electronic only) gives a list of centers, major and minor axis and position angle (p.a.) and other basic parameters for extended galaxies with major axis D 1 . The galaxies (22,037) were selected from the hyperleda database, with no other restriction than the size, D 1 . In total, 15,659 of these galaxies with D 1 are included (at least partly) in the GUVcat_AIS footprint. We flagged sources out to 1.25D, a choice based on inspection of several maps, available on our web site10, of which Figure 5 shows an example. Note that most galaxies with size 1 are probably detected as a single (extended) source, or a few sources, in the GALEX data. Therefore, while the 1 size limit provides a very comprehensive flagging, for statistical analyses of large samples of sources a much larger radius can be used to exclude only galaxies for which the pipeline photometry is misleading.

For many science applications, such as statistical studies of source densities and luminosity functions, the area covered by the catalog must be calculated. Portions optionally excluded (because in the footprint of a cluster or galaxy) must be taken into account in the area calculation. Our interactive area calculation tools will offer some options (Section 7) for area estimate in the cases where large object footprints are excluded from the samples. We stress that, when catalogs over large areas are used, removing very small footprints may introduce additional un-necessary uncertainties in area calculations, depending on the tessellation steps of the sky grid used for area calculation relative to size of the areas being excluded. More details are provided with the area calculation tools (Bianchi & de la Vega, 2017).

Figure 5: Example of pipeline photometry for an extended disk galaxy, NGC300 (D 0.2). The central parts of the disk are measured by the pipeline as unresolved extended sources; in the periphery and less dense regions, where individual peaks are resolved, source density is much higher than in the surrounding field. Therefore, density counts of foreground stars or background AGNs for example will be highly biased if sources in this region were not excluded. We marked all sources retained in GUVcat (duplicate measurements are removed) and associated to NGC 300 by our flag (within 1.25 D). The source shape is drawn, with an ellipse based on the pipeline-derived 2.35, 2.35 (this choice is to match the pipeline .ds9reg file), (position angle). They may appear different using , which would show the area where the are integrated. Aside from details and differences among various magnitude extraction options, which can be examined in the catalog, the figure illustrates convincingly that pipeline photometry in very extended galaxies must not be used for source counts. The GUVcat tag allows sources in these areas to be excluded. Note that some large sources have two measurements: these come from two overlapping AIS observations, that placed the centers of the big ellipses more that 2.5 apart from each other, therefore they were not eliminated as duplicates in GUVcat. The image is 1455 on a side.

Figure 5 (Cont.): GALEX pipeline sources in the master database around NGC300: AIS as blue circles, NGS (about two mag deeper than AIS, see Bianchi (2009)) as orange circles. Note that here duplicates have not been removed, all measurements are shown, making the sources appear more numerous than in GUVcat (previous figure). There is an even deeper GI observation, not shown for clarity. The left panels show all entries in the master database, the right panels only those with NUV_err0.5 (as in GUVcat, which eliminates some spurious sources and many artifacts).

Figure 5 (Cont.): Example of pipeline photometry for a crowded stellar cluster, NGC6218. Sources retained in GUVcat are drawn, as in the Figure 5a, according to their database photometry extraction parameters. The color image was constructed for all available imaging for the field, including deeper exposures. Clearly visible blue sources in the cluster are only detected by the pipeline in FUV (therefore not retained in GUVcat, which uses as starting point the NUV-source detections), see next figure. The large circle is showing the pipeline aperture of the central source (drawn as explained in the previous figure), taken from NUV, showing how the pipeline neither provides accurate integrated measurements nor robust crowded-field measurements of resolved stars in the cluster. The image is 1332 on a side.

Figure 5 (Cont.): AIS detections in the master database for NGC 6218 (only source centers shown, not source shapes). Top: FUV detections (left) and NUV detection (right); bottom: sources detected in both FUV and NUV. Note, from the shape of the pipeline sources shown in the previous figure, that matching FUV and NUV colors in the central region would not be correct, even for sources where a match exists.

6.2 Flagged artifacts

Table 2 of the GALEX GR6 documentation ( lists the value of the flags ( and in the catalog), and suggests that the only artifact flags causing real concern are the (=4, base 10 value, or =64 when a has enough s at different position angles that masking the Dichroic reflection does not decrease the flux by more than 1/3rd) and (applicable to the NUV detector only: =2). Most of the artifacts in the original database are caused by the detector rim (=32), or reflections around the edge: these do not affect our catalog since we exclude the outer edge of the field of view (Figure 8). In more detail: the version which retains sources within 0.55  from the field centers, GUVcat_AIS_055, excludes a 0.06-wide outer ring; this is sufficient to eliminate rim artifacts, except in a few cases because in GUVcat we retained s of s with a tolerance of up to 5 between the pointings of the individual s. In the worse case of two coadded s having centers 5 apart, the of the sources may also differ by up to 5 from the actual distance of the source from the center of its , therefore a few rim artifacts may be included. Such tolerance of 5 centreing difference between s of s was chosen to maximize the area coverage of the catalog, and to avoid throwing away much data or much exposure depth. As a consequence, in GUVcat_AIS_055 there remain 23,218 sources with either FUV or NUV rim artifact flag set, out of the 93 million catalog sources. These sources have (distance from the center) between 0.5125 and 0.55, and all come from as expected. By comparison, there are 31,184,260 sources with either or rim flag set (6,765,612 with flag set) in the whole GALEX database, and 25,259,384 sources with or rim flag set (25,221,382 NUV; 18,592,421 FUV) in the whole GALEX database of 292,296,119 entries. Note that the GALEX field has a diameter of 1.2, therefore the actual fov_radius of any source should always be 0.6, and rim sources should have 0.6, but in the MAST GALEX database the sources with “rim” artifact flag set have values of between 0 and 1, an effect of the improper described in Section 5.1, where the rim artifact has been propagated from the -level processing, while has been recalculated using the center of the , therefore an actual rim source may end up having apparent near zero (near the center of the ) or a value almost twice the GALEX f.o.v. radius. This is illustrated in Figure 3 and was explained in Section 5.1. This problem is cured in GUVcat.

In the GUVcat_AIS_050 catalog there are no rim or edge artifacts, since we only retained sources within 0.5from the field center, which leaves out, even with a 5 tolerance for , an outer ring of 0.1  width. This restriction comes at the price of a 10.7% decrease in area coverage, as explained in Section 7, introducing occasional gaps between adjacent fields.

Masked variable pixels (=128) and masked detector hotspots (=256) may degrade the quality of a photometric measurement but would not introduce spurious sources, and they are rare, therefore they are not relevant for the purpose of source counts. What does introduce a high number of spurious source detections (once the rim is excluded) are reflections and ’ghosts’ near very bright sources. We show examples in Appendix C. A conservative recommendation is to eliminate sources with =4 or 2. Note that if more than one artifact is deemed to be present, the flag value is the sum of all the artifacts affecting the source. Table 6 gives also the fraction of sources with different artifact flags in the GUVcat_AIS catalog, and report the artifact definitions in the table’s footnote.

7 Area Coverage of the Catalogs

For studies involving density of sources (number per unit area), the exact area coverage of the catalog must be known. As we removed duplicate measurements of the same source, we must calculate the area covered by the surveys accounting for overlaps. We must also account for possible gaps between fields; these may occur because of the tiling strategy (for example, to avoid bright stars that would damage the detectors), or because the actual pointing of an observation is slightly off from the planned position, and because we limited our catalogs to sources within the central 1.1 (or 1.0) diameter of the GALEX field.

We calculated the total actual area covered by GUVcat_AIS with the method of Bianchi et al. (2011a): we divided the sky in small tesserae, and added the areas of all tesserae which fall within 0.55 (or 0.50) from the center of every field used in the catalog, ensuring that each tessera is counted only once. The total area covered is 24,790 square degrees for GUVcat_AIS_055, and 22,125 square degrees for GUVcat_AIS_050. This area of “unique-coverage” is 95% (with 0.55) and 88% (with 0.5) of the sum of areas of the fields used (if there was no overlap between observations), implying an overall overlap of 11.7% and 4.6% respectively among the AIS fields used. Area coverage of 5-degrees latitude slices for the catalog are given in Table 6.

Because both gaps and overlaps between fields occur, the actual area coverage must be computed for each region of the sky where one desires to extract a sample, if the density of sources has to be estimated. An online interactive tool will be presented elsewhere, for area calculations of custom-chosen regions, for the GUVcat and BSCcat catalogs, and for matched GUVcatoptical catalogs (Bianchi & de la Vega, 2017).

8 Conclusions and Summary

8.1 The UV sources across the sky

Bianchi et al. (2014a) published several maps showing the distributions of UV sources in the sky, for both the AIS and the deeper MIS survey. In Figure 6 we show the density of sources (number per square degree) detected in the NUV and FUV bands; as discussed extensively by Bianchi et al. (2011a, b, 2014a) the number of FUV detections is typically ten times less than the NUV detections overall; this happens because hot stars, and blue galaxies, are much more rare than cooler (redder) objects. More specifically, the fraction depends on Galactic latitude and on the magnitude depth considered, because the number of extragalactic sources with respect to Galactic stars increases rapidly towards fainter magnitudes. The relative fractions are a combinations of the intrinsic distribution of different types of sources, whereby the density of Galactic stars increases towards the disk of the Milky Way, while the distribution of extragalactic sources does not depend on the Milky Way structure, but all sources are affected by the Milky Way dust, which is mostly confined to a thin disk. The reddening depends therefore on the line of sight towards the sources going through more or less of the dust disk. This effect was dramatically illustrated by Figure 2 (bottom) of Bianchi et al. (2011a): the “V-shape” region devoided of UV-source counts in their figure is essentially a direct image of the dust disk. It is also visible, though less evident, in Figure 6.

In Figure 6 we plot the density of NUV and of FUV sources in GUVcat_AIS (top plot), as a whole and divided by NUV magnitude ranges: the plots show that the sources fainter than NUV_mag=21mag dominate the sample, in spite the AIS is the shallowest survey, and especially so in the NUV where extra-galactic objects are more prominent. The bottom panels show the fraction of FUV detections over NUV detections, again as a function of Galactic latitude, and among these, the hot and very hot sources (FUV_mag-NUV_mag 0.5 and 0.0 respectively). Such UV color cuts correspond to different stellar  for different types of stars (Bianchi, 2009), but roughly hotter than 15,000K. Some QSOs may intrude these FUV-NUV color cuts, as shown by Bianchi et al. (2009): these affect the faint sources most. The different behaviour of relative source densities in Figure 6 reflects the fact that brighter samples (and hotter samples) are dominated by Galactic stars, which are more numerous in the Milky Way disk (see e.g., Bianchi et al. (2011a)).

Figure 6: Top: number of sources per square degree detected in NUV (left) and in FUV (right), as a whole (circles) or by magnitude ranges (dots). Values are shown for every 5-degree latitude strip. Bottom: Fraction of FUV detections over NUV detections (left), fraction of sources with FUV-NUV 0.5 (middle) and 0.0 (right) among the FUV detections (no error cuts, but sources in the footprint of extended objects have been excluded from the counts). While the faint sources (largely extragalactic) dominate the total samples, the FUV-detected sources are mostly bright stars. We recall that, for average Galactic dust, the UV extinction is similar in FUV and NUV, and much higher in both bands than at optical wavelengths (Table 1 and Bianchi (2011)).

8.2 Summary of Suggestions and Caveats for Using the Catalog

To conclude, we distill here, in terms of practical advice for users, the relevant information on the catalogs presented in this paper.

  • GUVcat_AIS contains unique measurements of all sources from AIS observations with both FUV and NUV detectors exposed. Duplicates measurements are removed in the main catalog, however a version GUVcat_AISplus is accessible where duplicate measurements are flagged but not removed.

  • GUVcat is available from as well as MAST casjobs (, and SIMBAD Vizier.

  • Sources near the field’s edge have been excluded, because they are mostly artifacts and have poor photometry. GUVcat_AIS_0.55 contains sources within 0.55of the field’s center, GUVcat_AIS_0.50 only sources within 0.50. The first has a larger area coverage, fewer gaps, at the expense of a few rim artifacts intruding the catalog, these must be sieved from samples by using the artifact=32 flag (Section 6.2). Tables 6 and 7 give statistical information on the number of sources, and the fraction of sources affected by artifacts, or in given UV-color ranges, in total and divided by Galactic latitude.

  • area coverage of our catalog GUVcat, BCScat, and of overlap of these catalogs with optical databases, can be calculated for any desired region of the sky with the tool of Bianchi & de la Vega (2017). See also Column 9 of Table 6.

  • Extended Objects: beware of sources in the footprint of large galaxies or crowded stellar clusters (Section 6.1). These can be identified and eliminated with the two tags and , provided in GUVcat. The web site gives also finding charts and information on all large objects included entirely or partly in GUVcat.

    The size limit of the extended objects that one should eliminate from the catalog depends on the specific objectives and sample size; if one needs to compute area coverage of the extracted sample, the excluded footprints can be accounted for with our area calculation tool (Bianchi & de la Vega 2017), however the interactive public version currently uses a sky tessellation with a grid step of 0.1(so that a computation over the whole sky can be accomplished in a few tens seconds); excluding any area smaller than, or comparable to the grid tesserae will introduce uncertainties in the area estimate.

  • Magellanic Clouds: only the periphery of the Magellanic Clouds is included in GUVcat, because the central regions are only observed in NUV. Even the peripheral fields are crowded enough to pose a challenge to the pipeline photometric procedures: for point sources within a 15radial distance from the center of the LMC, and a 10radial distance from the SMC, it is preferable to use the custom-made catalog of Thilker et al. (2017) and to avoid using this catalog or the master database. In Table 7 we count sources within 15/ 10radial distance from LMC / SMC, but for consistency with other galaxies, the flag is set only for GUVcat sources within 1.25 the Hyperleda D size, which is much smaller; these sources have flag GA:ESO056-115 and GA:NGC0292 for LMC and SMC respectively. For the statistical overview in Figure 6 we conservatively excluded the 15/ 10degree areas, since we noted an overdensity of sources even in the outermost periphery of the Clouds.

  • Reddening correction: Table 1 gives extinction coefficients in the GALEX FUV and NUV bands for representative known types of interstellar dust; these coefficients can be used to correct the UV magnitudes for reddening. In the GUVcat catalog, an   value is given for each source, based on the extinction maps of Schlegel et al. (1998); this value is approximate as it represents an interpolation from low-resolution maps at the source position, and as such it is also an upper limit (a Galactic source very close will only suffer the absorption by the local component of the dust along the line of sight), anyway it is a convenient indication of reddening. As noted by Bianchi et al. (2011a, b); Bianchi (2011), the GALEX FUV-NUV color is almost reddening-free, for Milky-Way typical dust (see also Table 1), and therefore it could be used to select hot stellar sources, almost independently of reddening, by Bianchi et al. (2011a).

8.3 Is a source not detected, or not observed?

When one matches a source list to the GALEX catalog, if a source is not found (either in the entire database, or in GUVcat_AIS, or in any other catalog), one needs to know whether the source was observed but too faint to be detected in a given filter, or it was not in the footprint of any actual observation. This holds for GALEX, SDSS, and any database which does not have a complete coverage of the sky, due to the nature of the survey or because there are some gaps or unusable portions of data.

The easiest and safest way to find out whether a given celestial position is within the footprint of any GALEX observation is to match the source coordinates to the list of centers ( in MAST casjob ) and check if the source position is within the f.o.v. radius from the center of any observation (, for NUV; , for FUV; , for the combined FUV+NUV source list). This test should be done at level, because of the issue of described in Section 5.1. For the “good ” (only) one could use the values.

For other surveys, such as for example SDSS, where gaps among fields or failed observations are not always mapped consistently into the footprint tool (e.g., Bianchi et al. (2011a)), one has to search for sources in a wider area around the source of interest, and if other sources are found around the position, a negative detection for the source of interest will imply that the source was observed but its flux is below detection threshold. In this case, one could derive an upper limit from the exposure time of the observations in the area. This procedure works in any case, but it is more cumbersome, and it may not be entirely safe: if the catalog sources are sparse, one would need to probe farly large portions of sky around the source of interest, to avoid false negatives, but in this way a ’positive’ detection will mean that some wide area around the desired position has some sources: if that happens to be near a field edge and the desired position is just outside the edge, the “poor resolution” sampling of the surroundings may give a false positive.

We are very grateful to Imant Platais for helpful suggestions concerning the selection of stellar cluster parameters, to Chase Million for always providing expert advice on GALEX data issues and clarifications on the GALEX pipeline, and to Scott Fleming for useful discussions on GALEX science projects. This work was supported by NASA ADAP grant NNX14AF88G. We made use of the GALEX database in the MAST archive, which is funded by the NASA Office of Space Science.
Type of selective extinction11
E/ 0.11 1.08 2.00 4.60
A/ 8.06 8.57 9.02 12.68
A/ 7.95 7.49 7.02 8.08
A/ 4.72 3.96 4.11 4.61
A/ 4.02 3.26 3.46 3.85
A/ 3.08 2.34 2.54 2.93
E/ 0.70 0.70 0.66 0.76
Table 1: Broad-band reddening corrections for different types of interstellar dust
name ra dec central radius broad type cluster status cluster type
IC4499 225.076996 -82.213997 0.085000 G O GLO
Table 2: List of clusters included in the GUVcat footprint (electronic only, sample shown here)
name type ra dec v3k vlg P.A. inclination log(D) log(D error) log(R25) log(R25 error)
degrees degrees km/sec km/sec degrees degrees (0.1 arcmin) (0.1 arcmin) D/d
UGC12889 G 0.0070005 47.27450 4751 5319 163.5 53.4 1.27 0.03 0.20 0.03
Table 3: List of galaxies larger than 1 included in the GUVcat footprint (electronic only, sample shown here)
Field RA center Dec center l center b center FUV exp.time NUV exp.time C or V
degrees degrees degrees degrees (seconds) (seconds)
(photoextractID) (avaspra) (avaspdec) (fexptime ) (nexptime)
6370915756560875520 291.449459 75.146935 106.972770 23.963759 219.050 219.050
6370915757634617344 273.010299 80.131423 111.833168 28.552309 213.000 213.000
6370915758708359168 282.810539 78.033136 109.575259 26.360347 251.000 251.000
6370915759782100992 278.835416 78.547001 110.147665 27.387182 216.000 216.000
6370915760855842816 273.760205 79.023568 110.744419 28.396397 198.000 198.000
6370915708343156736 257.1537508 71.986534 103.457631 33.558659 109.000 109.000

Note. – Table 4 is published in its entirety in the electronic edition. A portion is shown here for guidance regarding its form and content. In total, 28067 s and 1468 s are used to build GUVcat_AIS.

Table 4: List of AIS GALEX fields (s and s) used to construct the GUVcat_AIS catalog
ID RA Dec lon lat exp.time (sec) ID RA DEC exp.time Distance - in GUVcat?
(photoextractID) (degrees) (degrees) (degrees) (degrees) FUV NUV (photoextractID) (degrees) (degrees) FUV (sec.) NUV (sec.) (arcmin) (Y/N)
6370915845681446912 257.195457 71.984578 103.457631 33.558659 109.000 267.000 6370915708276047872 257.490785 71.946748 0.000 62.000 5.937 N
6370915845681446912 257.195457 71.984578 103.457631 33.558659 109.000 267.000 6370915708309602304 257.051516 72.006587 0.000 96.000 2.978 N
6370915845681446912 257.195457 71.984578 103.457631 33.558659 109.000 267.000 6370915708343156736 257.153751 71.986534 109.000 109.000 0.783 G
6370950948449157120 250.541348 70.399218 102.543859 36.089296 171.000 350.050 6370950811043758080 250.893395 70.436709 0.000 75.050 7.428 N
6370950948449157120 250.541348 70.399218 102.543859 36.089296 171.000 350.050 6370950811077312512 250.614435 70.469918 0.000 104.000 4.489 N
6370950948449157120 250.541348 70.399218 102.543859 36.089296 171.000 350.050 6370950811110866944 250.340422 70.356973 91.000 91.000 4.776 G
6370950948449157120 250.541348 70.399218 102.543859 36.089296 171.000 350.050 6370950811144421376 250.346796 70.319619 80.000 80.000 6.181 G

Note. – Table 5 is published as online data only. Note: the 640 were included in BCScat, prior to our discovery of the database improper coadding of non-overlapping s;
they are not used in GUVcat, and their corresponding s with both FUV and NUV exposure times 0 are used instead (1468 out of 2004 total).

Table 5: List of AIS eliminated , and their associated visits
latitude #sources #sources with grank % sources with grank area band #sources with artifact =
range total =0 =1 =-1 =0 =1 =-1 (deg) none 1 2 4 8 16 32 64 128 256 512
85_90N 249745 240811 8934 0 96.42 3.58 0.000 67.2 FUV: 230090 0 0 101 5 0 0 0 4 19549 0
NUV: 196416 43063 1646 3147 738 13147 28 0 1573 6777 0
80_85N 575444 554881 20563 0 96.43 3.57 0.000 204.4 FUV: 540343 0 0 204 20 0 0 0 17 34883 0
NUV: 469695 88308 4071 4757 1759 25779 0 0 2763 10800 0
75_80N 1044253 1007254 36999 0 96.46 3.54 0.000 341.1 FUV: 985099 0 0 303 77 0 0 0 36 58785 0
NUV: 831957 176601 6871 9833 3134 51158 127 0 4992 24194 0
70_75N 1465351 1411115 54229 7 96.30 3.70 0.000 484.4 FUV: 1377058 0 0 499 67 0 4 0 21 87745 0
NUV: 1167688 249353 9686 14211 4157 74265 32 0 6962 31158 0
65_70N 1703241 1640819 62371 51 96.34 3.66 0.003 569.8 FUV: 1593211 0 0 664 96 0 59 0 52 109232 0
NUV: 1357300 291364 11658 16035 4601 84784 269 0 7579 34633 0
60_65N 2098214 2020029 78030 155 96.27 3.72 0.007 657.5 FUV: 1947288 0 0 1069 153 0 60 0 45 149689 0
NUV: 1620388 400773 16315 24681 7068 118614 169 0 11204 50461 0
55_60N 2593208 2498594 94480 134 96.35 3.64 0.005 792.6 FUV: 2411132 0 0 1410 161 0 398 0 93 180186 0
NUV: 1972090 522630 19991 31454 8072 154025 513 0 13731 65505 0
50_55N 2684044 2582141 101731 172 96.20 3.79 0.006 898.6 FUV: 2511586 0 0 1518 166 0 581 0 100 170299 0
NUV: 2011991 578042 22768 32662 9454 181656 773 0 15296 58839 2
45_50N 3235658 3109755 125810 93 96.11 3.89 0.003 999.1 FUV: 3013291 0 0 1841 193 0 154 0 124 220300 0
NUV: 2338774 769016 28932 46392 14503 241091 567 0 23295 82319 9
40_45N 3621419 3472606 148525 288 95.89 4.10 0.008 1115.3 FUV: 3365832 0 0 2546 267 0 949 0 196 252037 0
NUV: 2548161 926429 34956 58091 16539 295057 1468 0 25753 93417 13
35_40N 3724140 3573912 150061 167 95.97 4.03 0.004 1172.7 FUV: 3442159 0 0 3185 170 0 681 0 165 278265 0
NUV: 2553402 1018776 38696 64992 21180 332445 1033 0 32668 92204 26
30_35N 3887581 3730652 156816 113 95.96 4.03 0.003 1230.8 FUV: 3600303 0 0 3701 265 0 377 0 329 283109 0
NUV: 2593126 1133700 47398 75458 22874 382694 701 0 35456 89550 113
25_30N 3923424 3759335 163994 95 95.82 4.18 0.002 1176.8 FUV: 3620962 0 0 5153 356 0 379 0 398 296849 0
NUV: 2477770 1268424 55885 92317 28419 460009 584 0 44238 96318 273
20_25N 3830858 3667481 163192 185 95.74 4.26 0.005 1105.7 FUV: 3517568 0 0 6657 543 0 234 0 486 306230 0
NUV: 2327595 1326992 64264 101293 27587 522211 548 0 43320 90249 174
15_20N 2813302 2708785 104400 117 96.28 3.71 0.004 975.9 FUV: 2568553 0 0 9333 537 0 247 0 677 235196 0
NUV: 1543588 1111672 73814 109084 31465 546654 351 0 46558 66419 325
10_15N 3417929 3274835 142954 140 95.81 4.18 0.004 786.4 FUV: 3134410 0 0 8604 627 0 42 0 717 274696 0
NUV: 1977151 1271433 69731 109821 28675 553273 110 0 43687 78262 343
05_10N 1129788 1093910 35866 12 96.82 3.17 0.001 363.4 FUV: 1034186 0 0 3932 296 0 74 0 312 91513 0
NUV: 616241 445946 36739 49952 11801 223662 89 0 17880 25910 304
00_05N 137477 134551 2926 0 97.87 2.13 0.000 56.6 FUV: 124470 0 0 229 34 0 26 0 49 12719 0
NUV: 80621 48640 3789 4975 1347 19017 26 0 2034 3147 17
05_00S 98225 96655 1570 0 98.40 1.60 0.000 43.7 FUV: 88557 0 0 98 12 0 0 0 18 9558 0
NUV: 57906 34686 2037 2752 1987 12999 0 0 2522 2519 3
10_05S 576514 562934 13580 0 97.64 2.36 0.000 203.1 FUV: 523808 0 0 1989 94 0 12 0 130 50713 0
NUV: 321858 223024 15458 22510 5781 104650 12 0 8329 12724 70
15_10S 1885871 1826551 59315 5 96.85 3.15 0.000 487.9 FUV: 1723937 0 0 6317 327 0 163 0 538 155435 0
NUV: 1021945 765421 46088 73137 15308 375815 273 0 22996 44205 433
20_15S 2980587 2873863 106665 59 96.42 3.58 0.002 751.3 FUV: 2729970 0 0 7385 442 0 331 0 626 242850 0
NUV: 1684070 1154229 59825 94801 20667 539053 378 0 31628 70174 399
25_20S 3296612 3159205 137154 253 95.83 4.16 0.008 915.2 FUV: 3020972 0 0 6150 348 0 590 0 506 268930 0
NUV: 1950745 1194417 55483 89115 22519 503868 743 0 34918 77904 167
30_25S 3662226 3502796 159010 420 95.65 4.34 0.011 1043.4 FUV: 3347437 0 0 5286 351 0 852 0 511 308595 0
NUV: 2290154 1210376 50534 88398 21007 465364 1490 0 33336 91010 162
35_30S 3872172 3702613 169181 378 95.62 4.37 0.010 1126.6 FUV: 3556663 0 0 4797 358 0 911 0 454 309746 0
NUV: 2512707 1190891 51189 86347 22718 444204 1173 0 35154 92925 124
40_35S 3628761 3456338 171585 838 95.25 4.73 0.023 1115.4 FUV: 3328898 0 0 3615 224 0 1383 0 262 294907 0
NUV: 2435514 1034355 42202 78427 17853 372865 2093 0 28284 95120 51
45_40S 3438189 3287766 149958 465 95.62 4.36 0.014 1058.0 FUV: 3144125 0 0 3379 387 0 2256 0 265 288448 0
NUV: 2366844 929025 37294 65412 17132 338423 2530 0 27296 83680 89
50_45S 3210828 3054911 154880 1037 95.14 4.82 0.032 957.5 FUV: 2932586 0 0 2629 267 0 1054 0 160 274610 0
NUV: 2252162 826472 30788 58111 14007 303229 1437 0 22500 83051 18
55_50S 2936108 2786459 147733 1916 94.90 5.03 0.065 885.6 FUV: 2696422 0 0 2172 205 0 2546 0 162 235095 0
NUV: 2108224 709768 27170 48545 14823 260102 3318 0 22550 71974 32
60_55S 2825703 2694479 130287 937 95.36 4.61 0.033 829.0 FUV: 2578445 0 0 1991 167 0 656 0 113 244689 0
NUV: 2098459 616894 24339 43856 12815 217084 843 0 19843 64026 19
65_60S 2358898 2260825 97496 577 95.84 4.13 0.024 672.8 FUV: 2146308 0 0 1754 169 0 101 0 46 210770 0
NUV: 1777379 489657 18926 35212 8410 167698 153 0 13456 56966 31
70_65S 2181934 2082443 99008 483 95.44 4.54 0.022 620.9 FUV: 1987819 0 0 1263 127 0 160 0 76 192733 0
NUV: 1655414 439389 17260 31733 8414 151401 192 0 13195 55032 15
75_70S 1695985 1624317 71484 184 95.77 4.21 0.011 471.7 FUV: 1539154 0 0 979 79 0 136 0 59 155726 0
NUV: 1292244 336714 12705 24818 5251 115650 249 0 8421 44232 3
80_75S 1169851 1111405 57573 873 95.00 4.92 0.075 333.0 FUV: 1060612 0 0 651 41 0 223 0 48 108422 0
NUV: 903018 221460 8616 16997 3331 78678 225 0 5719 29585 4
85_80S 811212 767146 43119 947 94.57 5.32 0.117 211.5 FUV: 728465 0 0 540 31 0 198 0 7 82066 0
NUV: 623816 151325 5570 13579 3201 51800 454 0 4989 23363 18
90_85S 227334 217689 9574 71 95.76 4.21 0.031 66.4 FUV: 207506 0 0 111 3 0 0 0 3 19720 0
NUV: 178466 39773 1681 3415 509 13344 25 0 902 5436 0
Total 82992086 79549861 3431053 11172 95.85 4.13 0.01 24790.3 FUV: 76359225 0 0 111 3 0 0 0 3 19720 0
NUV: 56214879 39773 1681 3415 509 13344 25 0 902 5436 0

Note. – GALEX artifact flags :
Artifact  1(  1):(edge) Detector bevel edge reflection (NUV only).
Artifact  2(  2):(window) Detector window reflection (NUV only).
Artifact  3(  4):(dichroic) Dichroic reflection.
Artifact  4(  8):(varpix) Variable pixel based on time slices.
Artifact  5( 16):(brtedge) Bright star near field edge (NUV only).
Artifact  6( 32):Detector rim (annulus) proximity (0.6 deg from field center).
Artifact  7( 64):(dimask) dichroic reflection artifact mask flag.
Artifact  8(128):(varmask) Masked pixel determined by varpix.
Artifact  9(256):(hotmask) Detector hot spots.
Artifact 10(512):(yaghost) Possible ghost image from YA slope.

Table 6: Catalog Source Statistics.
latitude #sources density # FUV fraction #sources #sources #sources #sources #sources #sources
(# /deg) (#FUV/#NUV) FUV-NUV0 FUV-NUV0.5 in galaxies in clusters not MC 15from LMC 10from SMC
85_90N 249745 3716.58 36434 0.15 10751 24240 316 8643 249745 0 0
80_85N 575444 2814.77 86642 0.15 23838 56095 375 21553 575444 0 0
75_80N 1044253 3061.59 130726 0.13 38373 85756 1386 2607 1044253 0 0
70_75N 1465351 3024.87 195794 0.13 56013 127660 2175 305 1465351 0 0
65_70N 1703241 2988.98 238919 0.14 66078 154227 1351 280 1703241 0 0
60_65N 2098214 3191.04 292232 0.14 81716 188597 1347 0 2098214 0 0
55_60N 2593208 3271.72 337085 0.13 96573 218088 2233 0 2593208 0 0
50_55N 2684044 2986.87 314592 0.12 91570 203731 1425 0 2684044 0 0
45_50N 3235658 3238.55 359081 0.11 106576 232645 1409 976 3235658 0 0
40_45N 3621419 3247.02 362529 0.10 109455 233388 2258 708 3621419 0 0
35_40N 3724140 3175.61 341953 0.09 100999 215049 1601 1363 3724140 0 0
30_35N 3887581 3158.53 321160 0.08 93943 196661 2799 19836 3887581 0 0
25_30N 3923424 3334.07 290238 0.07 84044 171420 1621 1876 3923424 0 0
20_25N 3830858 3464.68 251682 0.07 69040 139172 1398 4614 3830858 0 0
15_20N 2813302 2882.87 126863 0.05 29719 49576 854 7159 2813302 0 0
10_15N 3417929 4346.37 185024 0.05 48188 90471 2078 15187 3417929 0 0
05_10N 1129788 3109.13 53793 0.05 9270 15451 147 3323 1129788 0 0
00_05N 137477 2429.08 11771 0.09 1199 3619 0 1473 137477 0 0
05_00S 98225 2246.47 6756 0.07 681 1762 0 629 98225 0 0
10_05S 576514 2838.62 25939 0.04 5375 8977 33 2630 576514 0 0
15_10S 1885871 3865.60 73420 0.04 20202 30698 48693 2576 1885871 0 0
20_15S 2980587 3967.39 127231 0.04 38069 63299 74678 24730 2954498 26089 0
25_20S 3296612 3602.23 170977 0.05 53134 95767 5211 9308 3130822 165790 0
30_25S 3662226 3509.82 248345 0.07 73965 148739 86561 5099 3326385 335841 0
35_30S 3872172 3436.90 342725 0.09 95991 210826 217832 7626 3391602 472916 7688
40_35S 3628761 3253.33 333036 0.09 99801 213257 78466 1054 3150549 337319 181294
45_40S 3438189 3249.72 379787 0.11 111606 248892 47417 4920 2842873 303802 355523
50_45S 3210828 3353.38 376489 0.12 109139 244447 27606 3436 2831925 67392 312887
55_50S 2936108 3315.46 369087 0.13 105669 238995 1637 12324 2797762 0 138346
60_55S 2825703 3408.57 433883 0.15 117038 277066 1713 33317 2825703 0 0
65_60S 2358898 3506.30 385773 0.16 101852 245762 1833 82 2358898 0 0
70_65S 2181934 3514.37 354422 0.16 94703 226806 1163 993 2181934 0 0
75_70S 1695985 3595.28 291753 0.17 76879 186544 658 0 1695985 0 0
80_75S 1169851 3512.67 208792 0.18 54909 133938 694 1728 1169851 0 0
85_80S 811212 3835.03 141506 0.17 36981 90073 321 1240 811212 0 0
90_85S 227334 3423.16 38041 0.17 10449 24905 162 582 227334 0 0
Total: 82992088 1673.85 8244480 0.10 2323788 5096599 619451 202177 80393016 1709149 995738
Table 7: Catalog Source Statistics. UV colors

Appendix A Appendix A. Criteria for Identifying and Removing Duplicate Measurements

The GALEX database in the MAST archive contains all existing measurements. For sources with repeated AIS observations (e.g. where different fields overlap, or the same field was repeated), we removed duplicate measurements as follows, to produce a unique source catalog. GALEX sources within 2.5 of each other but from different observations were considered duplicates. In such cases, the measurement from the observation with the longest exposure time (sum of FUV and NUV exposures) was retained, and - in cases of equal exposure time - the one closest to the center of the field in its parent image.

The choice of a 2.5 match radius was based on several considerations. According to the archive documentation, the accuracy of GALEX source positions is of 0.32/0.34 (NUV/FUV) in the GR7 data12 and slightly worse, especially in FUV, in previous data. The GALEX pipeline uses a complicated probability algorithm to match FUV sources to the NUV sources of the same observation. In short, NUV and FUV matches are allowed up to 7 . We have examined statistically the tags informative of the FUVxNUV match process. Fig. 4 shows the distribution of the separation between FUV and NUV position for a 2million source subsample of the database, as a whole and divided by cuts in match (as defined by the pipeline algorithm). Our choice of a 2.5 match radius to define duplicates corresponds statistically to a FUVxNUV match 0.3, and is consistent with the early versions of our catalogs (Bianchi et al. (2011a, 2014a)), where it was found from other tests to be a good compromise between not excluding real sources and not retaining duplicate measurements. GALEX astrometry is more accurate than 2.5 , but the deblending of sources closer than this separation is not always robust due to the instrument resolution (4.2/5.3 , FUV/NUV). This was discussed in Section 4.2. In general, we expect most science applications of this catalog to be restricted to point sources, for which the chosen limit is appropriate.

While the criterion is simple in principle, we add here some important clarifications which were not described in the previous versions of the catalog, and are relevant for any work requiring merging of overlapping observations. To identify duplicates, and eventually remove them, we search the master catalog around the position of each source, within the chosen match radius. If there is no other entry within the match radius of 2.5 , we assign to the source “=0”. Thus, all sources with are unique (i.e., have only one measurement) also in the original AIS database.13 If within the match radius around a source “i” we find other sources, measured in a different observation, we assign =1 to the best measurement of this group, the “primary” (which will be retained in the final catalog when duplicates are removed); the best measurement is the one with longest exposure, or - for equal exposure - closer to the field center in its parent observation; we assign =2,3,… to other sources within 2.5 of the primary, ranked in order of distance from the primary. To keep track of duplicate measurements, since only the primary is retained in the end, we added a tag , indicating the number of matches to the primary (including the primary itself), and , the identifier of the primary (the source with =1) to which the sources with 1 are associated. This basic definition is simple. However, there may happen to be sources - let’s say, a source ”j” - farther than 2.5 from the primary ”i”, therefore not included in its group, but closer than 2.5 to a source with 1 in the group of the primary “i”. If the source previously assigned 1 (with respect to source ”i”), has better exposure time than its neighbor ”j”, its cannot be reclassified to =1 because it does not satisfy the primary criterion with respect to the (better) primary ”i”. Therefore, the new source ”j” must be retained in the catalog because it’s farther than 2.5 from ”i”, but we set its (instead of =1), to indicate that another source within 2.5 would have been a primary with respect to ”j”, according to our ”best measurement” criteria, if it were not a secondary with respect to another, better primary. The 1 neighbor in our example is given =-89, so it can be identified in the master catalog as a potential primary (with respect to source ”j”) which could not be retained in the unique-source catalog because it was a secondary with respect to source ”i”. If, instead, source ”j” has longer exposure than its neighbor with previous 1 but shorter exposure than source ”i”, for the source with 1 which is a secondary associated to ”i” (its tag indicates the of its primary ”i”), we still want to retain the information that there is another source (”j”) within the match radius from it. This information is given in tag , where all ’s of sources within the match radius are concatenated. Also, tag for source ”j” indicates the number of all sources within the match radius (including the 1 secondary associated to source ”i”) but fewer secondaries than its will have equal to of source ”j”. This is easier to understand from some examples, shown in Figure 7. Such variety of cases may seem irrelevant subtleties for users of the final catalog, but is worth mentioning; in fact, any code performing associations of repeated measurements must include provisions for such cases, and more odd (and rare) situations, otherwise more sources will be eliminated than it is necessary, or wrong associations will result. A code simply performing rank assignment looking for neighbors of each source sequentially, and not accounting for intersecting groups, would eliminate duplicates inconsistently among the sample.

With these -or any other - criteria to define duplicates, there may be sources which are within the match radius of more than one primary, the primaries being more distant than 2.5 from each other. The assigned primary to each secondary, according to our standard recipe, is the one with the longest exposure time (best measurement) as explained above. For completeness, we also include in the master catalog the tags , and , the latter indicates the closest primary to the source, and is its ranking with respect to the closest primary. This may be different from the ”best-measurement” primary (). With the distance-criterion tags, a secondary may be reassigned from the original primary (best measurement, ) to the closest primary () and therefore the number of secondaries for each primary may differ from ; we record this number in the tag . These details only concern users who wish to delve in the master catalog GUVcat_AISplus, where we include all AIS measurements from the archive, and create these tags so that one can chose the primary sources only (=0, 1 or -1), i.e. removing all duplicates at once, and obtain a catalog where each source is counted only once, or viceversa examine repeated measurements of AIS sources. GUVcat_AISplus is also available from MAST’s casjobs.

However, for most purposes only the primary sources are needed, and it is not convenient for a user to download all measurements and having to apply cuts later using our tags described above. GUVcat_AIS contains only ’unique sources’, with duplicate measurements removed. This is extracted from the master catalog GUVcat_AISplus by retaining only sources with grank=0, 1 or -1.

Figure 7: Examples of multiple observations for the same source. The source at the center of the lower-left circle (blue diamond, id=67138) has the best measurement out of three within 2.5 from its position (dashed circle); therefore it is assigned =1, =3 (blue numbers at the left). Its closest neighbor has =2, =-99 (because it is not a primary). The second closest, with id = 44309, has =3, but =-89 because it also falls within 2.5 of another source (id=26091) which is further than 2.5 from the first primary and has exposure time shorter than source 44309. Object id=26091 is therefore assigned =-1, because it cannot be discarded as duplicate of the first primary, but has a nearby source which has a better measurement but cannot be “primary” because it is secondary with respect to a better primary. The black numbers to the right of the sources are exposure time in seconds. The tag is used to eliminate secondaries in the unique-source catalog. The red numbers show the values of the same tags if we used instead a distance criterion and associate secondaries to the closest primary rather than to the “best” primary. In that case, each of these two primaries would get one secondary. Note that for primaries would not change.

Figure 7 (Cont.): Another example illustrating the definition of multiple observations for the same source, showing a different combination; the tag coding is the same as in Figure 7-a.

Appendix B Appendix B. Description of The Catalogs’ Columns

Below we list the tags included in the online catalogs presented in this paper, and available at , as well as from MAST casjobs and SIMBAD/Vizier. The columns of greatest interest in most cases are in bold in the Table below. The first sets of tags are propagated from the pipeline database, and give information on the source photometry; tags and beyond, indicated in italics, are generated by us and described in this paper; some indicate whether the source has duplicate (AIS) measurements, that have been removed (Section A, or flagged if one uses the ’plus’ catalog). The last two tags indicate whether the source is in the footprint of a large (1 ) object (Section 6.1).

Tag Description
photoextractid Pointer to photoExtract Table (identifier of original observation
on which the measurement was taken)
mpstype which survey (e.g, ”MIS”, or “AIS”, …)
avaspra R.A. of center of field where object was measured
avaspdec Decl. of center of field where object was measured
objid GALEX identifier for the source
ra source’s Right Ascension (degrees).
dec source’s Declination (degrees)
glon source’s Galactic longitude (degrees)
glat source’s Galactic latitude (degrees)
tilenum “tile” number
img image number (exposure # for _s)
subvisit number of subvisit if exposure was divided
fov_radius distance of source from center of the field in which it was measured
type Obs.type (0=single,1=multi)
band Band number (1=nuv,2=fuv,3=both)
e_bv E(B-V) Galactic Reddening (from Schlegel et al. 1998 maps)
istherespectrum Does this object have a (GALEX) spectrum? Yes (1), No (0)
chkobj_type Astrometry check type
fuv_mag FUV calibrated magnitude
fuv_magerr FUV calibrated magnitude error
nuv_mag NUV calibrated magnitude
nuv_magerr FUV calibrated magnitude error
fuv_mag_auto FUV Kron-like elliptical aperture magnitude
fuv_magerr_auto FUV RMS error for AUTO magnitude
nuv_mag_auto NUV Kron-like elliptical aperture magnitude
nuv_magerr_auto NUV RMS error for AUTO magnitude
fuv_mag_aper_4 FUV Magnitude aperture ( 8 pxl )
fuv_magerr_aper_4 FUV Magnitude aperture error ( 8 pxl )
nuv_mag_aper_4 NUV Magnitude aperture ( 8 pxl )
nuv_magerr_aper_4 NUV Magnitude aperture ( 8 pxl ) error
fuv_mag_aper_6 FUV Magnitude aperture ( 17 pxl )
fuv_magerr_aper_6 FUV Magnitude aperture ( 17 pxl ) error
nuv_mag_aper_6 NUV Magnitude aperture ( 17 pxl )
nuv_magerr_aper_6 NUV Magnitude aperture ( 17 pxl ) error
fuv_artifact FUV artifact flag (logical OR near source)
nuv_artifact NUV artifact flag (logical OR near source)
fuv_flags Extraction flags
nuv_flags Extraction flags
fuv_flux FUV calibrated flux (micro Jansky)
fuv_fluxerr FUV calibrated flux (micro Jansky) error
nuv_flux NUV calibrated flux (micro Jansky)
nuv_fluxerr NUV calibrated flux (micro Jansky) error
fuv_x_image Object position along x
fuv_y_image Object position along y
nuv_x_image Object position along x
nuv_y_image Object position along y
fuv_fwhm_image FUV FWHM assuming a gaussian core
nuv_fwhm_image NUV FWHM assuming a gaussian core
fuv_fwhm_world FUV FWHM assuming a gaussian core (WORLD units)
nuv_fwhm_world NUV FWHM assuming a gaussian core (WORLD units)
nuv_class_star S/G classifier output
fuv_class_star S/G classifier output
nuv_ellipticity 1 - B_IMAGE/A_IMAGE
fuv_ellipticity 1 - B_IMAGE/A_IMAGE
nuv_theta_J2000 Position angle (east of north) (J2000)
nuv_errtheta_J2000 Position angle error (east of north) (J2000)
fuv_theta_J2000 Position angle (east of north) (J2000)
fuv_errtheta_J2000 Position angle error (east of north) (J2000)
fuv_ncat_fwhm_image FUV FWHM_IMAGE value from -fd-ncat.fits (px)
fuv_ncat_flux_radius_3 FUV FLUX_RADIUS #3 (-fd-ncat)(px)[0.80]
nuv_kron_radius Kron apertures in units of A or B
nuv_a_world Profile RMS along major axis (world units)
fuv_kron_radius Kron apertures in units of A or B
fuv_b_world Profile RMS along major axis (world units)
nuv_weight NUV effective exposure (flat-field response value) in seconds at the source position (center pixel) given alpha_j2000, delta_j2000
fuv_weight FUV effective exposure
prob probability of the FUV x NUV match
sep separation between FUV and NUV position of the source in the same observation
nuv_poserr [arcseconds] position error of the source in the NUV image
fuv_poserr [arcseconds] position error of the source in the FUV image
IB_POSERR [arcseconds] inter-band position error in arcseconds
NUV_PPERR [arcseconds] NUV Poisson position error (the part of the position error due to counting statistics)
FUV_PPERR [arcseconds] FUV Poisson position error (the part of the position error due to counting statistics)
CORV whether the source comes from a or
GRANK grank=0 if the are no other sources (from different observations) within 2.5
grank=1 if this is the best (see text) source of 1 sources within 2.5
grank=-1 if this is a primary but has a better source within 2.5
grank =n (n1) is this is the n source within 2.5 of the primary
NGRANK if this is a primary, number of sources within 2.5 (otherwise, 99 or 89, see text)
PRIMGID objid of the primary (only of use for the ’plus’ catalog)
GROUPGID objid’s of all sources (AIS) within 2.5 , concatenated by “+”
GRANKDIST as for grank, but based on distance criterion
NGRANKDIST as for ngrank, but based on distance criterion
PRIMGIDDIST as for primgid, but based on distance criterion (objid of the closest primary
rather than the best primary)(only of use for the ’plus’ catalog)
GROUPGIDDIST as GROUPGID, but based on distance criterion
GROUPGIDTOT objid’s of all sources within 2.5
DIFFFUV mag difference between primary and secondary (only of use for the ’plus’ catalog)
DIFFNUV mag difference between primary and secondary (only of use for the ’plus’ catalog)
DIFFFUVDIST mag difference between closest primary and secondary (only of use for the ’plus’ catalog)
DIFFNUVDIST mag difference between closest and secondary (only of use for the ’plus’ catalog)
SEPAS separation (arcsec) between primary and secondary
SEPASDIST separation (arcsec) between primary (distance criterion) and secondary
INLARGEOBJ is the source in the footprint of an extended object? if not, INLARGEOBJ=N
if yes, INLARGEOBJ= XX:name-of-the-extended-object ; where XX=GA (galaxy),
GC (globular cluster), OC (open cluster), SC (other stellar clusters)
LARGEOBJSIZE size of the extended object; LARGEOBJSIZE = 0. if INLARGEOBJ=N,
otherwise LARGEOBJSIZE= D25 for galaxies and 2xR for stellar clusters
Table 8: Catalog Columns

Appendix C Appendix C. Odd Fields and Artifacts

In Section 6.2 we mentioned the different artifacts flagged by the GALEX source extraction pipeline, and Table 6 gives the statistics of sources with artifact flags. Fig. 8 showd examples of ghost reflections from bright sources, in FUV and NUV, and of other types of artifacts. We use as example one of the fields where there is also an apparent mismatch in coordinates between FUV and NUV detections (Section 5.2).

The definition of artifacts can be found in the documentation14 and is reported in the footnote of Table 6.

Figure 8: GALEX Field AIS_256: the top panels show the entire field with and without pipeline sources overlaid (blue circles, all detections in the central 1), combining the FUV (blue) and NUV (yellow) images. The red circle indicates a diameter of 1. Ghosts from very bright sources are clearly visible as yellow rings offset from the source position for NUV, and as extended streaks in FUV. The bottom panels show only the sources with FUV_artifact=128 (left, ghosts from the bright sources), and with NUV_artifact=2 (right, ghost rings around bright sources; note that the sources are always plotted as blue circles.

Figure 8 (Cont.): Continued from previous. Top: sources affected by NUV_artifact=1 (left) and 256 (right: hot spots, taken care of by the pipeline); in the next row, left, sources with rim artifact (FUV_artifact=32), these are not measured in this image, they come in the database from overlapping visits: they are not included in GUVcat; right: sources with NUV_artifact=1 or 16. In the bottom row, we show separately sources detected in FUV (left) and NUV (right). As discussed in the text, this is one of five problematic fields, which represents an extreme example.


  1. affiliation: Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, The Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218, USA;
  2. affiliation: Space Telescope Science Institute, 3400 San Martin Dr., Baltimore, MD 21210
  3. affiliation: Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, The Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218, USA;
  4. slugcomment: submitted 2/15/2017, accepted 3/31/2017
  5. A trailing mode, rather than the spiral dithering pattern, was instead used for the latest, privately-funded observations, to cover some bright areas near the MW plane. These latest data currently are not in the public archive. Also, a so-called Petal-mode was used in special cases. The spiral dithering pattern was used for most of the science data, and for all of the data used in this catalog.
  6. We recall that only the periphery of the MC has both FUV and NUV exposures; the coverage of the inner portions has mostly NUV data (Bianchi, 2014; Simons et al., 2014), and therefore was not included in our catalog; the whole MC catalog, from custom-vetted photometry, will be published elsewhere (Thilker et al., 2017)
  7. BCScat_AIS includes 28,707 AIS fields with both FUV and NUV exposed, covering a unique area of 22,080 square degrees as they were restricted to sources within the central 1  of each field, and BCScat_MIS includes 3,008 MIS fields covering a total 2,251 square degrees. The previous catalogs of Bianchi et al. (2014a) (“BCScat” in MAST casjobs: and Vizier) contain 71 million AIS and 16.6 million MIS sources.
  8. we term bad coadd a field in the database which was made combining s of which at least one has its center 5 away from the ’s center
  9. The earlier version of these catalogs (with less data coverage and fewer parameters) is accessible with Vizier at:, and from MAST at: .
  11. values derived using the standard Milky Way extinction curve from Cardelli et al. (1989): “MW”, using the curve of Misselt et al. (1999) for sightlines in LMC2 (“LMC2”), and using the average LMC extinction curve outside the LMC 2 region (“LMC”) and the UV-steep extinction curves for SMC sightlines (“SMC”) by Gordon & Clayton (1998). The quantities for each broad-band are derived by applying the filter passbands to progressively reddened model atmospheres for stars with   between 30,000K and 15,000K, and comparing unreddened and reddened model colors with =0.4. The mean values are given, the dispersion is always less than 1% within this   range.
  12. the current GALEX database is called “GR6plus7” because not all data have been reprocessed yet, the latest version of the pipeline was used only for the GR7 addition
  13. we recall that GUVcat_AIS only includes the AIS exposures, for homogeneity of exposure depth across the catalog. Some regions were observed repeatedly with deeper exposures, see Bianchi (2014), therefore some AIS sources may have additional observations in other surveys, with longer exposure times. A unique-source catalog at MIS-depth was published by Bianchi et al. (2014a). Deeper exposures will be addressed in a future work.


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