CfA Colloquium Schedule Spring 2006
 2 March 2006

2 March 2006

Speaker: Tom Megeath (CfA)

Title: Star Formation in the Nearest Kiloparsec, The View from Spitzer

Abstract: For the last two years, the Spitzer Space Telescope has been systematically surveying the nearest star forming regions and molecular clouds. The result is the most extensive survey for young stars and protostars in the extended solar neighborhood to date. I will present the latest results from these studies, including images from a 7.7 sq degree survey of the Orion Molecular Clouds. From this data, we will address a number of questions: what is the relative importance of isolated vs clustered star formation, what is the typical environment for star formation in the nearest clouds, and what impact does environment have on planet formation? Finally, we will examine the spatial distribution of stars and protostars in young stellar clusters, and discuss the implications for the formation and evolution of these clusters.

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