New Treasures of the Milky Way from Spitzer's Galactic Surveys

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Date/Time:Friday, 25 Sep 2009 from 4:10 pm to 5:10 pm
Location:3 Physics Hall
Phone:515-294-2298
Channel:Astronomy
Categories:Lectures
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Chip Kobulnicky (University of Wyoming)

The Galactic Legacy Infrared Mid-Plane Survey Extraordinaire (GLIMPSE)program with the Spitzer Space Telescope has produced a revolutionary catalog and atlas of the Milky Way plane at mid-infrared wavelengths. These data have opened up new windows to understanding star formation, young stars, the interstellar medium, and Galactic structure. I will review some of the discoveries made by the University of Wyoming group, including several new massive Galactic star clusters, possible planet-forming young stellar systems, and properties of some of the Galaxy's most massive stars.