High-Velocity Clouds Merging with the Milky Way

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HI observations with the Green Bank Telescope have now given us two clear examples of high-velocity HI clouds which are encountering the Milky Way disk and losing matter to it: Complex H, passing through the plane of the Milky Way in the far outer Galaxy, and Smith’s Cloud, just entering the disk in the inner Galaxy. These clouds may give unique insights into the ongoing formation of the Milky Way, its chemical history, and the nature of the high-velocity cloud phenomenon.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Radio Astronomy ObservatoryGreen BankUSA

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