Research report 2018 - Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy

The airborne observatory SOFIA reveals gas kinematics in the Lagoon nebula

Wyrowsk, F.; Wiesemeyer, H.; Tiwari, M.; Klein, B.; Menten, K.M.
Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Bonn
The airborne observatory SOFIA allows astronomical observations in the Far-Infrared, which is not accessible from the ground.  It covers the most important cooling lines of the interstellar medium. Velocity-resolved observations of these lines are crucial for our understanding of the star formation process. Here we present observations of the ionized carbon finestructure line in the Lagoon Nebula, which for the first time reveals the gas motions in the immediate environment of the nebula.

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