T. K. Sridharan
Articles written in Journal of Astrophysics and Astronomy
Volume 13 Issue 3 September 1992 pp 217-239
We report a study of the kinematics of the cometary globules in the Gum Nebula using the
Volume 15 Issue 2 June 1994 pp 157-163
Massive stars have significant influence on the evolution of the interstellar medium. Bright rims, cometary morphology of clouds, as well as their motion are some examples of the influence of massive stars on nearby molecular clouds. The cometary clouds in the Gum-Vela region are very good examples. In an attempt to understand the kinematics of the clouds in such regions we have carried out CO line observations towards bright-rimmed clouds near the OB Association Cep OB2. The radial velocities of the clouds are consistent with an expansion of the system at ≈ 4kms−1 away from the dominant O6.5V star in the association, HD206267. We find the rocket mechanism to be the most likely cause for expansion as found for both the Gum-Vela and the Rosette globules. We conclude that such expanding motions are quite common in regions near massive stars and make a brief comparison of the Cepheus system with the Gum-Vela system.
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