SINGS: The SIRTF Nearby Galaxies Survey

Kennicutt, Robert C., Jr., Armus, Lee, Bendo, George, Calzetti, Daniela, Dale, Daniel A., Draine, Bruce T., Engelbracht, Charles W., Gordon, Karl D., Grauer, Albert D., Helou, George, Hollenbach, David J., Jarrett, Thomas H., Kewley, Lisa J., Leitherer, Claus, Li, Aigen, Malhotra, Sangeeta, Regan, Michael W., Rieke, George H., Rieke, Marcia J., Roussel, Hélène, Smith, John-David T., Thornley, Michele D., & Walter, Fabian
2003, The Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 115, 928

The SIRTF Nearby Galaxy Survey is a comprehensive infrared imaging and spectroscopic survey of 75 nearby galaxies. Its primary goal is to characterize the infrared emission of galaxies and their principal infrared-emitting components, across a broad range of galaxy properties and star formation environments. SINGS will provide new insights into the physical processes connecting star formation to the interstellar medium properties of galaxies and provide a vital foundation for understanding infrared observations of the distant universe and ultraluminous and active galaxies. The galaxy sample and observing strategy have been designed to maximize the scientific and archival value of the data set for the SIRTF user community at large. The SIRTF images and spectra will be supplemented by a comprehensive multiwavelength library of ancillary and complementary observations, including radio continuum, H I, CO, submillimeter, BVRIJHK, Hα, Paα, ultraviolet, and X-ray data. This paper describes the main astrophysical issues to be addressed by SINGS, the galaxy sample and the observing strategy, and the SIRTF and other ancillary data products.


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