Star Formation in NGC 6334

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Date/Time:Friday, 30 Apr 2010 from 4:10 pm to 5:10 pm
Location:3 Physics Hall
Contact:Dr. Charles Kerton
Phone:515-294-2298
Channel:Astronomy
Categories:Lectures
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Photo
Sarah Willis, Iowa State University

NGC 6334 is a large high mass molecular cloud located in the southern part of the sky near the galactic plane. It contains many young high mass stars scattered through the region, which suggest there are several areas of star formation occurring throughout the cloud. We have obtained deep Spitzer IRAC imaging of the region which we will combine with deep near-infrared images (scheduled to be obtained at CTIO this May) to search for young low-mass (potentially down to 0.1 to 0.2 solar mass) stars. Their spatial distribution across the complex can help us to get a better understanding of the initial mass function in this region as well as allowing us to study the potential environmental impact of proximity to the high mass stars in the region.