Key Insights on Nearby Galaxies: a Far-Infrared Survey with Herschel


KINGFISH Research Project Operational


The KINGFISH project (Key Insights on Nearby Galaxies: a Far-Infrared Survey with Herschel) is an imaging and spectroscopic survey of 61 nearby (d < 30 Mpc) galaxies, chosen to cover the full range of integrated properties and local interstellar medium (ISM) environments found in the local Universe.

The broad goals of KINGFISH are to characterize the interstellar media of present-day galaxies, the heating and cooling of their gaseous and dust components, and to better understand the physical processes linking star formation to the ISM. KINGFISH will also provide the Herschel community with a comprehensive library of far-infrared imaging and spectral line maps of local galaxies and their principal infrared emitting components, all integrated with the extensive multi-wavelength dataset from the Spitzer Infrared Nearby Galaxies Survey (SINGS), the foundation sample for the project.

Principal science issues to be addressed by the KINGFISH team include the link between star-formation and the ISM, the inventory of dust and cold gas in galaxies, and the cooling of the interstellar medium.

KINGFISH was selected as a Herschel Open Time Key Programme in cycle 1.

IPAC's role:

KINGFISH is a follow-up survey to the SINGS survey. The KINGFISH team includes IPAC scientists Lee Armus, Philip Appleton, Pedro Beirao, George Helou, and Eric Murphy.


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