Kinematical structure of the local interstellar medium

  • R. Génova
  • J. E. Beckman
  • J. Rodríguez Álamo
Clouds, Ionized Gas, And Particles In The Local ISM
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 506)


Observations of interstellar Na I in the spectra of 93 stars within 315 pc from the Sun show that it lies in a tunnel of gas moving away from Scorpio-Centaurus and is surrounded by gas moving toward the Galactic center.

Gas approaches the Sun from Scorpio-Centaurus expanding from (r, l, b)=(160 pc, 313°7, +28°2) with LSR velocity 15.3 km s−1. The radius of this shell is 153 pc.

We identify these clouds:

D:|velocity vector (vd, ld, bd)=(+7.2 km s−1, 305°1, −13°5), above and below the Galactic plane (GP) in the range of Galactic longitudes 357°–55°.

C:|velocity vector (vc, lc, bc)=(+11.5 km s−1, 349°0, −35°2), above and below the GP in the range 30°≤l≤110°.

M:|velocity vector (vm, lm, bm)=(+21.9 km s−1, 34°2, +1°5), above and below the GP in the range 100°≤l≤130°.

P:|velocity vector (vp, lp, bp)=(+13.8 km s−1, 224°9, +5°4), above and below the GP from l∼120° to the limit of our data at l∼210°.

E:|velocity vector (ve, le, be)=(+16.8 km s−1, 208°4, +6°2) in the range 160°≤l≤185° and −10°≤b≤−35°.

A:|velocity vector (va, la, ba)=(+12.9 km s−1, 73°6, −5°6) towards the Galactic anti-center, below the GP.

I:|velocity vector (vi, li, bi)=(+37.7 km s−1, 132°8, −64°3) towards the Galactic anti-center, above the GP.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Génova
    • 1
  • J. E. Beckman
    • 1
  • J. Rodríguez Álamo
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de Astrofísica de CanariasLa Laguna, TenerifeSpain

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