Dictionary of Nomenclature of Celestial Objects
Details on Acronym: FIRST
FIRST (Faint Images of the Radio Sky at Twenty-cm)= (FRS)
Object:(Rad) (SIMBAD class: Radio = Radio-source)
Note:FIRST survey produces the radio equivalent (at 20 cm) of the Palomar Observatory Sky Survey over 10000 square degrees of the North Galactic Cap. Using the NRAO Very Large Array (VLA) and an automated mapping pipeline, images are produced with 1.8" pixels, a typical rms of 0.15 mJy, and a resolution of 5".
At the 1 mJy source detection threshold, there are 90 sources per square degree, 35per100 of which have resolved structure on scales from 2-20".
The FIRST survey is described in Becker+ 1995ApJ...450..559B, and more details are given in 1997ApJ....475..479W.
Format of objects in the catalogue is 'HHMMSS.sss+DDMMSS.ss', since the actual accuracy of the positions erequires this precision, but the authors used the format 'HHMMSS.s+DDMMSS' for designation.
, BECKER R.H., HELFAND D.J., GREGG M.D.
Astrophys. J., 475, 479-493 (1997)
A catalog of 1.4 GHz radio sources from the FIRST survey.
o<FIRST JHHMMSS.s+DDMMSS> N=138664
=E=Catalogue in electronic form as VIII/71
=E=Catalogue in electronic form as <VIII/90/>
Originof the Acronym: A = Assigned by the author(s)