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1999ApJ...515..249O - Astrophys. J., 515, 249-255 (1999/April-2)

A high-velocity molecular cloud near the center of the Galaxy.

OKA T., WHITE G.J., HASEGAWA T., SATO F., TSUBOI M. and MIYAZAKI A.

Abstract (from CDS):

We report the detection of a peculiar molecular cloud, CO 0.02-0.02, lying about 5' Galactic east from the center of the Galaxy. 12CO images taken with Nobeyama Radio Observatory (NRO) 45 m telescope showed that it is relatively compact (∼3x4 pc2) as well as having a very large velocity width (ΔV≥100 km.s–1). The cloud has a virial mass about 1 order of magnitude larger than the LTE mass, 9x104 M, indicating the cloud is apparently gravitationally unbound.

New observations with the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope 15 m and the NRO 45 m telescopes show that CO 0.02-0.02 is very bright in the CO (J=3-2) and in the HCN and HCO+ (J=1-0) lines. It appears that the environment may have an unusually high density and temperature, which may be related to the very broad CO line width.

We propose that CO 0.02-0.02 may have been accelerated, heated, and compressed in a series of supernovae shocks that have occurred within the last (3-5)x104 yr.


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Journal keyword(s): Galaxy: Center - ISM: Clouds - ISM: Molecules

Simbad objects: 7

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