The 1997 reference of diffuse night sky brightness *
Max–Planck–Institut für Astronomie, Königstuhl 17, D-69117 Heidelberg, Germany
2 Astronomy Dept., University of California, 601 Campbell Hall, Berkeley CA 94720, U.S.A.
3 Observatory, P.O. Box 14, FIN-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland
4 Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena CA 91109, U.S.A.
5 Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore MD 21218, U.S.A.
6 Service d'Aéronomie, BP. 3, F-91371 Verrières le Buisson, France
7 Max–Planck–Institut für Aeronomie, Max-Planck-Straße 2, D-37191 Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany
8 Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Université Paris XI, 91405 Orsay Cedex, France
9 Astronomisches Institut, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, D-44780 Bochum, Germany
10 General Sciences Corporation, 6100 Chevy Chase Drive, Laurel, MD 20707, U.S.A.
11 Hughes STX, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Code 685.9, Greenbelt, MD 20771, U.S.A.
12 MK Industries, 2137E Flintstone Drive, Tucker, Georgia 30084, U.S.A.
13 Ritter Astrophys. Res. Center, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43606, U.S.A.
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Accepted: 8 September 1997
In the following we present material in tabular and graphical form, with the aim to allow the non-specialist to obtain a realistic estimate of the diffuse night sky brightness over a wide range of wavelengths from the far UV longward of Lyα to the far-infrared. At the same time the data are to provide a reference for cases in which background brightness has to be discussed, including the planning for space observations and the issue of protection of observatory sites. We try to give a critical presentation of the status at the beginning of 1997.
Key words: diffuse radiation / interplanetary medium / atmospheric effects / astronomical dabases: miscellaneous / infrared: general / ultraviolet: general
Prepared by members of Commission 21 "Light of the night sky” of the IAU, including most of the recent (vice-)presidents.
© European Southern Observatory (ESO), 1998