Accession Number:

ADA537070

Title:

Spitzer Observations Of IC 2118

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

CALIFORNIA INST OF TECH PASADENA

Report Date:

2010-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

19.0

Abstract:

IC 2118, also known as the Witch Head Nebula, is a wispy, roughly cometary, 5 degree long reflection nebula,and is thought to be a site of triggered star formation. In order to search for new young stellar objects YSOs, we have observed this region in seven mid- and far-infrared bands using the Spitzer Space Telescope and in four bands in the optical using the U. S. Naval Observatory 40 inch telescope. We find infrared excesses in four of the six previously known T Tauri stars in our combined infrared maps, and we find six entirely new candidate YSOs, one of which may be an edge-on disk. Most of the YSOs seen in the infrared are Class II objects, and they are all in the head of the nebula, within the most massive molecular cloud of the region.

Subject Categories:

  • Astronomy
  • Infrared Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE