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This catalogue provides distances estimates (and uncertainties therein) for 1.33 billion stars over the whole sky brighter than about G=20.7. These have been estimated using the parallaxes (and their uncertainties) from Gaia DR2. A Bayesian procedure was used involving a prior with a single parameter L(l,b), which varies smoothly with Galactic longitude and latitude according to a Galaxy model. The posterior is summarized with a point estimate (usually the mode) and a confidence interval (usually the 68% highest density interval). The estimation procedure is described in detail in the accompanying paper, which also analyses the catalogue content.

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2018AJ....156...58B
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@MISC{vo:gdr2dist_main, year=2018, title={Estimated distances to 1.33 billion stars in Gaia DR2}, author={Bailer-Jones, C.A.L. and Rybizki, J. and Fouesneau, M. and Mantelet, G. and Andrae, R.}, url={http://dc.zah.uni-heidelberg.de/tableinfo/gdr2dist.main}, howpublished={{VO} resource provided by the {GAVO} Data Center} }

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Name | Table Head | Description | Unit | UCD |
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modality_flag | #modes | Result regime flag: number of modes in the posterior (1 or 2). | N/A | meta.code |

r_est | Dist | Estimated distance | pc | pos.distance |

r_hi | Max. Dist. | Upper bound on the 1 σ confidence interval | pc | pos.distance;stat.max |

r_len | Prior scale | Length scale used in the prior for the distance estimation. | pc | stat.fit.param;pos.distance |

r_lo | Min. Dist. | Lower bound on the 1 σ confidence interval | pc | pos.distance;stat.min |

result_flag | Res. Code | Type of result. [Note rc] | N/A | meta.code.qual |

source_id | Source Id | Unique source identifier. Note that this *cannot* be matched against the DR1 source_id. [Note id] | N/A | meta.id;meta.main |

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result_flag has three possible values:

0: failed estimate (r_est, r_lo, r_hi are all NaN) 1: _est is the mode (highest if the posterior is bimodal); r_lo/r_hi define the lower/upper limits of the highest density interval (HDI) containing 68% of the posterior probability 2: r_est is the median; r_lo/r_hi define the lower/upper limits of the equal-tailed interval (ETI), containing 68% of the posterior probability."

99.9% of the rows have result_code=1.