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Fig. 3


Position of the Galactic bar with respect to the Sun as measured with the RC method assuming a mean RC magnitude of MK = −1.55. Red and black filled circles show the results for VVV data at latitudes b = −1° and b =  +1°, respectively. Solid lines show the distance spread along each line of sight correcting for an intrinsic bulge dispersion of 0.17 mag and photometric errors. Black open squares are the results from N05 at b =  +1. Dashed lines represent the observed orientation angles for true orientations of 15°, 30°, and 45° following Stanek et al. (1994). Dotted lines show the lines of sight for longitudes l =  ±5 and l ± 10.

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