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Spitzer survey of the Large Magellanic Cloud: Surveying the agents of a galaxy's evolution (sage). I. Overview and initial results

Margaret Meixner, Karl D Gordon, Remy Indebetouw, Joseph L Hora, Barbara Whitney, Robert Blum, William Reach, Jean-Philippe Bernard, Marilyn Meade, Brian Babler, Charles W Engelbracht, Bi-Qing For, Karl Misselt, Uma Vijh, Claus Leitherer, Martin Cohen, Ed B Churchwell, Francois Boulanger, Jay A Frogel, Yasuo Fukui Show all

Astronomical Journal | IOP PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2006

Abstract

We are performing a uniform and unbiased imaging survey of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC; ∼7° × 7°) using the IRAC (3.6,4.5, 5.8, and 8 μm) and MIPS (24, 70, and 160 μm) instruments on board the Spitzer Space Telescope in the Surveying the Agents of a Galaxy's Evolution (SAGE) survey, these agents being the interstellar medium (ISM) and stars in the LMC. This paper provides an overview of the SAGE Legacy project, including observing strategy, data processing, and initial results. Three key science goals determined the coverage and depth of the survey. The detection of diffuse ISM with column densities > 1.2 × 1021 Hcm-2 permits detailed studies of dust processes in the ISM. SAGE's point-so..

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