A unique instrument for the biggest telescope

Several fundamental questions about the inner part of our Galaxy, the Bulge, are still without answer because this region is dense and with high extinction so that present telescopes can catch only the few brightest stars there. With MOSAIC we will be able to observe unevolved stars, the largest population in the bulge. In particular, for the first time, we will be able to observe in the Bulge stars that, as our Sun, are sill on the Main Sequence. This stellar population will reveal us the kinematic and metallicity of the Bulge, and, hosting the large majority of the stars, will allow us to better estimate the mass of our Galaxy. With a good knowledge on the complete sequence of the stellar evolution in the Bulge, we will derive also stellar ages. We will then have the possibility to draw a picture on the formation and past history of our Galaxy and to understand its actual shape.

Who are we? Infos on the MOSAIC consortium.


Scientific goals and milestones: why MOSAIC?


How do we get there? All the technology behind MOSAIC.


What performance can we expect from MOSAIC?


How will MOSAIC fit in the instrumental landscape?