2013AJ....146...53S
Hubble Tarantula Treasury Project: Unraveling Tarantula's Web. I. Observational Overview and First Results
Sabbi, E. ( Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA ); Anderson, J. ( Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA ); Lennon, D. J. ( ESA-European Space Astronomy Center, Apdo. de Correo 78, E-28691 Villanueva de la Cañada, Madrid, Spain ); van der Marel, R. P. ( Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA ); Aloisi, A. ( Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA ); Boyer, M. L. ( Observational Cosmology Lab, Code 665, NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA ; Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), Oak Ridge, TN 37831, USA ); Cignoni, M. ( Dipartimento di Astronomia, Università degli Studi di Bologna, via Ranzani, I-40127 Bologna, Italy ; Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna, Via Ranzani 1, I-40127 Bologna, Italy ); de Marchi, G. ( Space Science Department, European Space Agency, Keplerlaan 1, 2200-AG Noordwijk, The Netherlands ); de Mink, S. E. ( Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA; Johns Hopkins University, 3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA ; Hubble Fellow. ); Evans, C. J. ( UK Astronomy Technology Center, Royal Observatory Edinburgh, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh EH9 3HJ, UK ); Gallagher, J. S., III ( Department of Astronomy, University of Wisconsin, 475 North Charter Street, Madison, WI 53706, USA ); Gordon, K. ( Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA ); Gouliermis, D. A. ( Zentrum für Astronomie, Institut für Theoretische Astrophysik, Universität Heidelberg, Albert-Ueberle-Str. 2, D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany ); Grebel, E. K. ( Zentrum für Astronomie, Astronomisches Rechen-Institut, Universität Heidelberg, Mönchhofstr. 12-14, D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany ); Koekemoer, A. M. ( Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA ); Larsen, S. S. ( Department of Astrophysics/IMAPP, Radboud University Nijmegen, P.O. Box 9010, 6500-GL Nijmegen, The Netherlands ); Panagia, N. ( Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA; Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania, Via Santa Sofia 78, I-95123 Catania, Italy ; Supernova Limited, OYV 131, Northsound Road, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands ); Ryon, J. E. ( Department of Astronomy, University of Wisconsin, 475 North Charter Street, Madison, WI 53706, USA ); Smith, L. J. ( ESA/STScI, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA ); Tosi, M. ( Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna, Via Ranzani 1, I-40127 Bologna, Italy ); Zaritsky, D. ( Steward Observatory, University of Arizona, 933 North Cherry Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA ) and 11 coauthors show affiliations
The Astronomical Journal, Volume 146, Issue 3, article id. 53, 14 pp. (2013).
Published in Sep 2013
The Hubble Tarantula Treasury Project (HTTP) is an ongoing panchromatic imaging survey of stellar populations in the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud that reaches into the sub-solar mass regime (<0.5 M ). HTTP utilizes the capability of the Hubble Space Telescope to operate the Advanced Camera for Surveys and the Wide Field Camera 3 in parallel to study this remarkable region in the near-ultraviolet, optical, and near-infrared spectral regions, including narrow-band Hα images. The combination of all these bands provides a unique multi-band view. The resulting maps of the stellar content of the Tarantula Nebula within its main body provide the basis for investigations of star formation in an environment resembling the extreme conditions found in starburst galaxies and in the early universe. Access to detailed properties of individual stars allows us to begin to reconstruct the temporal and spatial evolution of the stellar skeleton of the Tarantula Nebula over space and time on a sub-parsec scale. In this first paper we describe the observing strategy, the photometric techniques, and the upcoming data products from this survey and present preliminary results obtained from the analysis of the initial set of near-infrared observations.Based on observations with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, obtained at the Space Telescope Science Institute, which is operated by AURA Inc., under NASA contract NAS 5-26555.
Keywords:
Astronomy: Magellanic Clouds; galaxies: star clusters: individual: 30 Doradus; stars: formation; stars: imaging; stars: pre-main sequence
arXiv: Astrophysics - Galaxy Astrophysics; Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics
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