The Taurus-Auriga dark clouds are one of the nearest and
best-studied regions of low mass star formation. The clouds
contain many beautiful dark nebulae, astonishing Herbig-Haro
jets and outflows, and enigmatic young stars. With few massive
O ro B stars, the clouds are an excellent place to study the
formation of low mass stars like the Sun.
In the mid-1980's,
and I began to study the structure and stellar content of the clouds.
In addition to identifying new young stars in the cloud, we used
optical and infrared data to test models of accretion disks and
boundary layers. Eventually, we realized that we could use the
Taurus-Auriga clouds to test models of isolated star formation.
This effort culminated in a statistical study of star formation
in the clouds,
Pre-Main-Sequence Evolution in the Taurus-Auriga Molecular Cloud
published in 1995.
In the mid-2000's,
Bo Reipurth invited astronomers to summarize star formation in
nearby molecular clouds. The two volume Handbook of Star Forming
Regions will include cogent reviews of cloud structure, pre-main
sequence stars, and optical/molecular outflows in roughly sixty
molecular clouds. Some of the reviews are on the
arXiv preprint server.
The links below summarize aspects of our review on the Taurus-Auriga
clouds. You can access the complete review, Low Mass Star Formation
in the Taurus-Auriga Clouds (S. Kenyon, M. Gomez, and B. Whitney),
by clicking on this link.
Pre-main Sequence Stars