2003A&A...404..249B


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2003A&A...404..249B - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 404, 249-254 (2003/6-2)

Identification of the ionizing source of NGC 2024.

BIK A., LENORZER A., KAPER L., COMERON F., WATERS L.B.F.M., DE KOTER A. and HANSON M.M.

Abstract (from CDS):

We propose the late-O, early-B star IRS2b as the ionizing source of the Flame Nebula (NGC 2024). It has been clear that such a hot, massive star must be present in this heavily obscured region, and now it has been identified. New near-infrared photometry shows that IRS2b is the most luminous and hottest star in the young star cluster embedded in the center of NGC 2024. The near-infrared observations (5'x5') cover ∼90% of the H ii region detected in radio continuum radiation, making the probability very low that the ionizing star is not present in the field. A K-band spectrum of IRS2b obtained with ISAAC on the Very Large Telescope indicates that the spectral type of IRS2b is in the range O8 V - B2 V. Additional arguments indicate that its spectral type is likely closer to O8 than to B2. The corresponding amount of ionizing radiation is consistent with published radio continuum and recombination line observations.

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Journal keyword(s): stars: early-type - ISM: HII regions - ISM: individual objects: NGC 2024 - infrared: stars

Nomenclature: [BCB89] IRS NNa (No. 2b) added.

CDS comments: Fig. 1 : IRS N = [BCB89] IRS N. G206.543-16.347 = [KCW94] 206.543-16.347

Simbad objects: 10

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Number of rows : 10

N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
RA
ICRS (J2000)
DEC
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2021
#notes
1 M 42 HII 05 35 17.3 -05 23 28           ~ 3787 0
2 * zet Ori ** 05 40 45.52666 -01 56 33.2649 0.50 1.56 1.77 1.85 2.05 O9.7Ib+B0III 334 0
3 NGC 2024 1 Y*O 05 41 37.8540355489 -01 54 36.625596390   13.58 12.17     B0.5V 50 0
4 NGC 2024 Cl* 05 41 43 -01 50.5           ~ 1087 1
5 [BCB89] IRS 3 Y*O 05 41 44.4013833874 -01 55 23.025793564           ~ 18 0
6 [BCB89] IRS 2b Y*O 05 41 45.490 -01 54 28.78           O8V 39 1
7 [BCB89] IRS 2 Y*O 05 41 45.81 -01 54 29.8           B 96 0
8 [BCB89] IRS 5 Y*O 05 41 49.82472 -01 54 30.1500           ~ 6 0
9 [BCB89] IRS 4 Y*O 05 41 50.9763757711 -01 55 07.035130657           ~ 7 0
10 HD 39908 * 05 55 31.9059118294 -01 03 46.019278416   9.18 8.97     A4V 8 0

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