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Volume 434, Number 3, May II 2005
Page(s) 987 - 1003
Section Interstellar and circumstellar matter
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20035890

A&A 434, 987-1003 (2005)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20035890

Infrared portrait of the nearby massive star-forming region IRAS 09002-4732

D. Apai1, 2, 3, H. Linz1, 4, Th. Henning1 and B. Stecklum4

1  Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie, Königstuhl 17, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany
    e-mail: apai@as.arizona.edu
2  Steward Observatory, The University of Arizona, 933 N. Cherry Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA
3  NASA Astrobiology Institute
4  Thüringer Landessternwarte Tautenburg, Sternwarte 5, 07778 Tautenburg, Germany

(Received 17 December 2003 / Accepted 10 December 2004)

We present high-resolution near-infrared and mid-infrared imaging, mid-infrared spectroscopy and millimetre-wavelength continuum observations of the nearby massive star-forming complex IRAS 09002-4732. A rich cluster of young stars displaying near-infrared excess emission is detected. We identify the ionising source of the ultracompact H II region G268.42-0.85 and show that this star is the dominant heating and illuminating source of the region. Spectral type estimates based on different methods are consistent with a star of spectral type O9. The combination of the new observations with literature data allows us to set up the first structural model for the region. We argue that the ultracompact H II region is embedded in the rear side of the southern CS clump. Additionally, we detect several interesting objects. Among these objects are a network of dark dust filaments, an elongated, externally heated object with strong infrared excess inside the H II region and objects seen as silhouettes in the foreground of the large southern reflection nebulosity. The filamentary structures may play an important role in the star formation process.

Key words: stars: formation -- stars: pre-main sequence -- ISM: HII regions -- ISM: individual objects: IRAS 09002-4732 -- ISM: individual objects: G268.42-0.85 -- infrared: ISM

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