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Program Information for 2020B-0040


PI: Lisa Prato, Lowell Observatory, LPrato@lowell.edu
Address: Astronomy Department, 1400 West Mars Hill Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001 USA

CoI: Travis Rector, University of Alaska Anchorage

Title: Is There Star Formation in the Aquila Rift?

Abstract: Nearby ($<200$~pc) star forming regions such as Taurus-Auriga or Ophiuchus are sparsely populated. The vast majority of stars form in denser clusters, but our ability to study such environments in detail is hampered by the relatively large distances to abundant regions of star formation such as Orion. The nearby but poorly-studied Aquila Rift is projected against the Galactic plane and thus has evaded systematic study to date. Our initial forays into the exploration of star formation in Aquila have yielded enigmatic and promising results. Furthermore, the Herschel mission demonstrated the presence of hundreds of dense molecular cores in the Rift. In order to identify and characterize a new and potentially abundant region of star formation at a similar distance as Orion, we propose to image a 48 square degree area in Aquila to identify new Herbig-Haro objects, signposts of active star formation. Our selected region is in the vicinity of previously identified young stars. The enormous FOV of DECam now allows for systematic surveys of faint HH outflows in nearby molecular clouds previously not possible. This proposal was approved for observation in 2020A but is likely to be canceled as a result of COVID-19.

Program Type: Standard/Galactic

Scheduled Nights:
Run 1 (2020B):  CT-4m/DECam -- 2n on Oct 11 - Oct 14 2020


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