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Legacy ExtraGalactic UV Survey (LEGUS) with The Hubble Space Telescope. I. Survey Description

Calzetti, D. and Lee, J. C. and de Mink, S. E. and Martin, C. and van Dyk, S. D. (2015) Legacy ExtraGalactic UV Survey (LEGUS) with The Hubble Space Telescope. I. Survey Description. Astronomical Journal, 149 (2). Art. No. 51. ISSN 0004-6256.

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The Legacy ExtraGalactic UV Survey (LEGUS) is a Cycle 21 Treasury program on the Hubble Space Telescope, aimed at the investigation of star formation and its relation with galactic environment in nearby galaxies, from the scales of individual stars to those of ~kpc–size clustered structures. Five–band imaging, from the near–ultraviolet to the I–band, with the Wide Field Camera 3, plus parallel optical imaging with the Advanced Camera for Surveys, is being collected for selected pointings of 50 galaxies within the local 12 Mpc. The filters used for the Observations with the Wide Field Camera 3 are: F275W(λ2,704Å), F336W(λ3,355Å), F438W(λ4,325Å), F555W(λ5,308Å), and F814W(λ8,024Å); the parallel observations with the Advanced Camera for Surveys use the filters: F435W(λ4,328Å), F606W(λ5,921Å), and F814W(λ8,057Å). The multi–band images are yielding accurate recent (≾50 Myr) star formation histories from resolved massive stars and the extinction–corrected ages and masses of star clusters and associations. The extensive inventories of massive stars and clustered systems will be used to investigate the spatial and temporal evolution of star formation within galaxies. This will, in turn, inform theories of galaxy evolution and improve the understanding of the physical underpinning of the gas-star formation relation and the nature of star formation at high redshift. This paper describes the survey, its goals and observational strategy, and the initial science results. Because LEGUS will provide a reference survey and a foundation for future observations with JWST and with ALMA, a large number of data products are planned for delivery to the community.

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Calzetti, D.0000-0002-5189-8004
Lee, J. C.0000-0002-2278-9407
de Mink, S. E.0000-0001-9336-2825
Martin, C.0000-0002-8650-1644
van Dyk, S. D.0000-0001-9038-9950
Additional Information:© 2015 American Astronomical Society. Received 2014 August 8; accepted 2014 October 25; published 2015 January 15. Based on observations made with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, obtained at the Space Telescope Science Institute, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under NASA contract NAS 5–26555. These observations are associated with program # 13364. Support for program # 13364 was provided by NASA through a grant from the Space Telescope Science Institute. This research has made use of the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED) which is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. S.d.M. acknowledges support for this work by NASA through an Einstein Fellowship grant, PF3-140105. C.L.D. acknowledges funding from the European Research Council for the FP7 ERC starting grant project LOCALSTAR. D.A.G. kindly acknowledges financial support by the German Research Foundation through grant GO1659/3-1. A.H. acknowledges support by the Spanish MINECO under project grant AYA2012-39364-C02-1. J.E.R. gratefully acknowledges the support of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program and the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium. A.W. acknowledges funding from the European Research Council under the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007–2013 Grant Agreement no. 321323).
Group:TAPIR, Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC)
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NASANAS 5–26555
NASA Einstein FellowshipPF3-140105
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)GO1659/3-1
Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (MINECO)AYA2012-39364-C02-1
National Space Grant College FellowshipUNSPECIFIED
Wisconsin Space Grant ConsortiumUNSPECIFIED
European Research Council (ERC)321323
Subject Keywords:galaxies: general, galaxies: star clusters: general, galaxies: star formation, galaxies: stellar content, ultraviolet: galaxies, ultraviolet: stars
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Official Citation:Legacy Extragalactic UV Survey (LEGUS) With the Hubble Space Telescope. I. Survey Description D. Calzetti et al. 2015 The Astronomical Journal 149 51
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