Using Montage To Study Massive Star Formation Regions

In the next few blog posts, I will describe some examples of how astronomers have been using Montage in the course of their research. To begin, I’ll describe Rahman  and Murray (2010)‘s study of massive star formation regions. They combined images from the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP), the Galactic Legacy Infrared Midplane Survey Extraordinaire (GLIMPSE) (conducted with the Spitzer Space Telescope), and Midcourse Space Experiment (MSX) to study 40 massive “bubbles” of star formation in the plane of our Galaxy. They used Montage to create mosaics that were then used to study the energetics of the bubbles.

A Spitzer GLIMPSE image of the G49 WMAP source with the two star forming regions indicated with the green ellipses.

A Spitzer GLIMPSE image of the G49 WMAP source with the two star forming regions indicated with the green ellipses. From Rahman and Murray.

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