Mission Overview

The All-Sky PLATO Input Catalog (asPIC)


Primary Investigator: Giampaolo Piotto

HLSP Authors: Marco Montalto

Released: 2021-09-01

Updated: 2021-09-01

Primary Reference(s): Montalto et al. 2021

DOI: 10.17909/t9-8msm-xh08

Citations: See ADS Statistics

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Plot showing distribution of asPIC stars across the sky.
Distribution of asPIC v1.1 dwarf and subgiant FGKM stars across the celestial sphere in a Galactic coordinates reference system. The plot also shows the position of the two provisional long duration pointing fields (NPF and SPF) in red.


The ESA PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars (PLATO) mission will search for terrestrial planets in the habitable zone of solar-type stars. Because of telemetry limitations, PLATO targets need to be pre-selected. We present an all sky catalog that will be fundamental to select the best PLATO fields and the most promising target stars, derive their fundamental parameters, analyze the instrumental performances, and then plan and optimize follow-up observations. This catalog also represents a valuable resource for the general definition of stellar samples optimized for the search of transiting planets. The first public release of the all sky PLATO Input catalogue (asPIC version 1.1) contains a total of 2,675 ,539 stars, among which are 2,378,177 FGK dwarfs and subgiants and 297,362 M dwarfs. It was produced using Gaia Data Release 2 (DR2) astrometry and photometry and 3D maps of the local interstellar medium.

Data Products

The catalog is available as a FITS file with the following naming convention:



Data file types:

_cat.fits The PLATO input catalog.

Catalog Column Definitions

Click to expand below and see the catalog columns, data types, and descriptions.





Data Access

Direct Download

The catalog can be downloaded as a FITS file (size ~1.4 GB): hlsp_aspic_gaia_astrometric-photometric_all-sky_multi_v1.1_cat.fits


The catalog is also available as a table in the MAST CasJobs SQL interface. The catalog is stored in a table called "CatalogRecord" in the "HLSP_ASPIC" Context.

Link to MAST CasJobs.

MAST CasJobs

A web-based SQL interface to query and cross-match between catalogs. Export tables, saved queries, long query submissions.


Please remember to cite the appropriate paper(s) below and the DOI if you use these data in a published work. 

Note: These HLSP data products are licensed for use under CC BY 4.0.