AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 63 From Here to Eternity: The Spitzer Legacy Programs
Poster, Tuesday, 9:20am-6:30pm, January 10, 2006, Exhibit Hall

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[63.47] SINGS: The Spitzer Infrared Nearby Galaxies Survey

C. W. Engelbracht (Steward Observatory), R. C. Kennicutt (University of Cambridge), D. Calzetti (STScI), SINGS Team

The Spitzer Infrared Nearby Galaxy Survey is a comprehensive multi-wavelength imaging and spectroscopic survey of 75 nearby galaxies. Its primary goal is to characterize the infrared emission of galaxies and their principal IR-emitting components, across the entire range of galaxy properties and star formation environments. Two years into the Spitzer Space Telescope's science operations, the SINGS data are providing a plethora of results. Among those: the dust obscuration properties of normal star--forming galaxies, new and refined infrared star formation diagnostics, the scales of validity of the Schmidt Law of star formation, the nature of the low-metallicity interstellar medium in dwarfs, and insights on the components of the infrared spectral energy distribution of galaxies. All of the Spitzer imaging and over 75% of the spectroscopy are now completed. Two-third of the SINGS Spitzer data, plus optical (BVRIH\alpha) images and optical spectra, have been delivered to the SSC and IRSA, and are now public.

Support for this work, part of the Spitzer Space Telescope Legacy Science Program, was provided by NASA through contract number 1224769 issued by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology under NASA contract 1407.

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