Discovery of a Massive Protostar near IRAS 18507+0121
We have observed the massive star forming region, IRAS 18507+0121, at millimeter wavelengths in 3 mm continuum emission and H13CO+(J=1-0) and SiO(v=0, J=2-1) line emission, and at near-infrared wavelengths between 1.2 and 2.1 microns. Two compact molecular cores are detected: one north and one south separated by about 40". The northern molecular core contains a newly discovered, deeply embedded, B2 protostar surrounded by several hundred solar masses of warm gas and dust, G34.4+0.23 MM. Based
... .4+0.23 MM. Based on the presence of warm dust emission and the lack of detection at near-infrared wavelengths, we suggest that G34.4+0.23 MM may represent the relatively rare discovery of a massive protostar (e.g. analogous to a low-mass "Class 0" protostar). The southern molecular core is associated with a near-infrared cluster of young stars and an ultracompact (UC) HII region, G34.4+0.23, with a central B0.5 star. The fraction of near-infrared stars with excess infrared emission indicative of circumstellar material is greater than 50% which suggests an upper limit on the age of the IRAS 18507+0121 star forming region of 3 Myrs.