• IPAC



IDYL is the IDentification of YSOs in the Lagoon Nebula. This team is looking for known and new YSOs in M8, the Lagoon Nebula.


We propose to use infrared (IR) measurements to explore the young stellar population in and around the Lagoon Nebula (M8). There have been more than 50 published articles exploring the young stellar object (YSO) population in and near the Lagoon, but no recent studies have specifically explored the properties of the known YSO population at IR wavelengths longer than 15 μm. By the same token, no searches have been conducted to look for new candidate YSOs in this region primarily using these long wavelengths. In this work, we will assemble a list of known YSOs from the literature and explore their properties in the IR. We will also use the IR to look for candidate YSOs not yet discovered. By assembling a more complete list of member stars, we will have a better understanding of the stellar population in this cluster. This will lead to a better understanding of the mass distribution and age spread, as well as the fraction of stars with disks. We will also contribute to a larger project using K2 (Kepler’s repurposed mission) and ground-based telescopes; this project studies time variability of stars in the Lagoon in the optical.

Mentor Educator


Mr. David Strasburger

Concord Academy, Concord, Massachusetts Lawrence Academy, Groton, Massachusetts Noble & Greenough School, Dedham, Massachusetts

Participant Educator


Dr. Michael (Bec) Bechtel

Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa

Participant Educator


Mr. Danny Mattern

Butler Community College, El Dorado, Kansas

Participant Educator


Mr. Bob Swanson

Itawamba Community College, Tupelo, Mississippi Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi



  • NITARP 2019 proposal review April 16, 2019

    Many NITARP alumni helped us out with reviewing the NITARP 2019 proposals!  Scientists who helped include Tiffany Meshkat, Marja Seidel, Sergio Fajardo-Acosta, Mike Werner, and Julian van Eyken. Thanks to all!

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