Despite the obvious vital importance of star formation for the evolution of the structure of our Galaxy (and other spirals), general surveys of star forming regions within the Galaxy are remarkable for their paucity. In particular, no complete large scale, yet detailed survey in H alpha emission-the prime optical indicator of star formation and general ionized gas-has yet been carried out.
The Anglo-Australian Observatory is currently working on a new H alpha survey of the Southern Galactic Plane using the U.K. Schmidt Telescope with a narrow band H alpha filter. The survey will consist of some 200 fields, separated by 4 degrees rather than the usual 5 degrees due to the physical size of the filter. Prior to the commencement of the full survey, a number of H alpha films were obtained on behalf of the original "H-alpha Consortium". It is from these films that the images presented here are taken.
|Title of host publication||NEW PERSPECTIVES ON THE INTERSTELLAR MEDIUM|
|Editors||AR Taylor, TL Landecker, G Joncas|
|Place of Publication||SAN FRANCISCO|
|Publisher||Astronomical Society of the Pacific|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 1999|
|Event||Conference on New Perspectives on the Interstellar Medium - NARAMATA, Canada|
Duration: 22 Aug 1998 → 28 Aug 1998
|Name||ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF THE PACIFIC CONFERENCE SERIES|
|Publisher||ASTRONOMICAL SOC PACIFIC|
|Conference||Conference on New Perspectives on the Interstellar Medium|
|Period||22/08/98 → 28/08/98|