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A&A Supplement series, Vol. 127, January I 1998, 1-99

Received August 7; accepted September 8, 1997

The 1997 reference of diffuse night sky brightness.gif

Ch. Leinerttex2html_wrap10839 - S. Bowyertex2html_wrap10841 - L.K. Haikalatex2html_wrap10843 - M.S. Hannertex2html_wrap10845 - M.G. Hausertex2html_wrap10847 - A.-Ch. Levasseur-Regourdtex2html_wrap10849 - I. Manntex2html_wrap10851 - K. Mattilatex2html_wrap10843 - W.T. Reachtex2html_wrap10855 - W. Schlossertex2html_wrap10857 - H.J. Staudetex2html_wrap10839 - G.N. Tollertex2html_wrap10861 - J.L. Weilandtex2html_wrap10863 - J.L. Weinbergtex2html_wrap10865 - A.N. Witttex2html_wrap10867

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tex2html_wrap10869  Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie, Königstuhl 17, D-69117 Heidelberg, Germany
tex2html_wrap10871  Astronomy Dept., University of California, 601 Campbell Hall, Berkeley CA 94720, U.S.A.
tex2html_wrap10873  Observatory, P.O. Box 14, FIN-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland
tex2html_wrap10875  Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena CA 91109, U.S.A.
tex2html_wrap10877  Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore MD 21218, U.S.A.
tex2html_wrap10879  Service d'Aéronomie, BP. 3, F-91371 Verrières le Buisson, France
tex2html_wrap10881  Max-Planck-Institut für Aeronomie, Max-Planck-Straße 2, D-37191 Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany
tex2html_wrap10883  Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Université Paris XI, 91405 Orsay Cedex, France
tex2html_wrap10885  Astronomisches Institut, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, D-44780 Bochum, Germany
tex2html_wrap10887  General Sciences Corporation, 6100 Chevy Chase Drive, Laurel, MD 20707, U.S.A.
tex2html_wrap10889  Hughes STX, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Code 685.9, Greenbelt, MD 20771, U.S.A.
tex2html_wrap10891  MK Industries, 2137E Flintstone Drive, Tucker, Georgia 30084, U.S.A.
tex2html_wrap10893  Ritter Astrophys. Res. Center, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43606, U.S.A.


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 Lytex2html_wrap_inline10825 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.

keywords: diffuse radiation -- interplanetary medium -- atmospheric effects -- astronomical dabases: miscellaneous -- infrared: general -- ultraviolet: general

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