Protostars and Planets VI, Heidelberg, July 15-20, 2013

Poster 1K005

STAR FORMATION IN GIANT COMPLEXES: THE CATíS PAW NEBULA

Ascenso, Joana (ESO)
Wolk, Scott (CfA)
Lombardi, Marco (University of Milan)
Alves, Jo„o (University of Vienna)
Rathborne, Jill (CSIRO)
Forbrich, Jan (University of Vienna)
Leibundgut, Bruno (ESO)
Hilker, Michael (ESO)

Abstract:
NGC 6334, the Catís Paw Nebula, is a 106 M⨀ molecular cloud, one of the most massive known clouds in the Galaxy. It hosts the youngest massive cluster complex within 2 kpc of the Sun, and is therefore an ideal laboratory to investigate the onset and early evolution of star formation in an environment comparable to that of massive, extra-galactic complexes. Using multi-wavelength data, we are conducting the most sensitive and most complete characterization of this unique region to date.

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