AAS 205th Meeting, 9-13 January 2005
Session 109 Surveys for Young Stars Down to the Brown Dwarf Limit
Poster, Wednesday, January 12, 2005, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall

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[109.02] Spitzer "Cores to Disks" (c2d) MIPS Mapping of the Perseus Molecular Cloud

K.R. Stapelfeldt (JPL/Caltech), L.M. Rebull (SSC/Caltech), T.Y. Brooke (Caltech), D.L. Padgett (SSC/Caltech), A.I. Sargent, M. Enoch (Caltech), N.J. Evans (Texas), Spitzer c2d Legacy Science Team

The Perseus molecular cloud complex, located at a distance of 320 pc, is one of five nearby star-forming regions being mapped in the Spitzer "c2d" Legacy Science Program. These observations are expected to characterize the luminosity function for low-mass star formation down into the realm of hydrostatic cores, proto-substellar objects, and edge-on disks. By mapping the entire molecular cloud inside the AV= 2 contour, we also expect to reveal any distributed star formation taking place outside the well-known clusters associated with NGC 1333 and IC 348. In this contribution, we present a first look at MIPS scan maps observed in September 2004 and covering ~4 square degrees of the Perseus clouds. A wide array of point sources and complex extended emission is seen at 24 and 70 microns in this dataset.

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