Query : 2015MNRAS.446.1855S

2015MNRAS.446.1855S - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 446, 1855-1863 (2015/January-2)

A search for star formation in the Smith Cloud.


Abstract (from CDS):

Motivated by the idea that a subset of high-velocity clouds (HVCs) trace dark matter substructure in the Local Group, we search for signs of star formation in the Smith Cloud, a nearby ∼ 2x106M HVC currently falling into the Milky Way. Using GALEX NUV and WISE/2MASS NIR photometry, we apply a series of colour and apparent magnitude cuts to isolate candidate O and B stars that are plausibly associated with the Smith Cloud. We find an excess of stars along the line of sight to the cloud, but not at a statistically significant level relative to a control region. The number of stars found in projection on the cloud after removing an estimate of the contamination by the Milky Way implies an average star formation rate surface density of 10–4.8±0.3 M/yr/kpc2, assuming the cloud has been forming stars at a constant rate since its first passage through the Milky Way ∼ 70 Myr ago. This value is consistent with the star formation rate expected based on the average gas density of the cloud. We also discuss how the newly discovered star-forming galaxy Leo P has very similar properties to the Smith Cloud, but its young stellar population would not have been detected at a statistically significant level using our method. Thus, we cannot yet rule out the idea that the Smith Cloud is really a dwarf galaxy.

Abstract Copyright: © 2014 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society (2014)

Journal keyword(s): ISM: individual Objects: Smith Cloud - galaxies: star formation

Simbad objects: 7

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Number of rows : 7
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
ICRS (J2000)
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2021
1 NAME Magellanic Stream HVC 00 32 -30.0           ~ 855 1
2 Ass Per OB 2 As* 03 42.2 +33 26           ~ 316 0
3 NAME Leo P BiC 10 21 45.123 +18 05 16.89           ~ 168 0
4 NAME Galactic Center gam 17 45 39.60213 -29 00 22.0000           ~ 12386 0
5 NAME Gal Center Positive HVC 20 51.2 +01 41           ~ 77 1
6 NAME Local Group GrG ~ ~           ~ 7357 0
7 NAME Galactic Bulge reg ~ ~           ~ 3658 0

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