AAS 199th meeting, Washington, DC, January 2002
Session 59. Dust
Display, Tuesday, January 8, 2002, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall

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[59.06] Dust and young embedded stars in the Lagoon Nebula - a near-IR imaging survey.

M.A. Kenworthy (Steward Observatory, Tucson, AZ), N.F.H. Tothill (St. Mary's University, Halifax, Canada)

A large HII region, the Lagoon Nebula is one of the brightest sources of CO emission in the sky, containing at least two OB stars, and is surrounded by fairly warm (25-30 K) molecular gas and dust. It may be the site of ongoing star formation triggered by the OB stars. We have taken near infra-red broad band data (J,H and Ks) to hunt for deeply embedded young stars and to estimate the dust opacity in the dense gas, by comparing the near-IR extinction to the submillimeter continuum emission mapped with SCUBA.

We present initial imaging and photometry over a 30 by 20 arcminute field.

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