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Title: RECENT STAR FORMATION IN THE LEADING ARM OF THE MAGELLANIC STREAM

Strongly interacting galaxies undergo a short-lived but dramatic phase of evolution characterized by enhanced star formation, tidal tails, bridges, and other morphological peculiarities. The nearest example of a pair of interacting galaxies is the Magellanic Clouds, whose dynamical interaction produced the gaseous features known as the Magellanic Stream trailing the pair's orbit about the Galaxy, the bridge between the Clouds, and the leading arm (LA), a wide and irregular feature leading the orbit. Young, newly formed stars in the bridge are known to exist, giving witness to the recent interaction between the Clouds. However, the interaction of the Clouds with the Milky Way (MW) is less well understood. In particular, the LA must have a tidal origin; however, no purely gravitational model is able to reproduce its morphology and kinematics. A hydrodynamical interaction with the gaseous hot halo and disk of the Galaxy is plausible as suggested by some models and supporting neutral hydrogen (H I) observations. Here we show for the first time that young, recently formed stars exist in the LA, indicating that the interaction between the Clouds and our Galaxy is strong enough to trigger star formation in certain regions of the LA—regions in the outskirts ofmore » the MW disk (R ∼ 18 kpc), far away from the Clouds and the bridge.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ; ;  [3] ;  [4] ;  [5] ;  [6]
  1. Department of Physics, Southern Connecticut State University, 501 Crescent Street, New Haven, CT 06515 (United States)
  2. Instituto de Astronomía, Universidad Católica del Norte, Avenue Angamos 0610, Antofagasta (Chile)
  3. Astronomy Department, Yale University, 260 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511 (United States)
  4. Departmento de Astronomía, Universidad de Chile, Casilla 36-D, Santiago (Chile)
  5. Centro de Investigaciones de Astronomía, Apartado Postal 264, Mérida 5101-A (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of)
  6. Institute of Physics, Southern Federal University, Stachki Street 124, 344090, Rostov-on-Don (Russian Federation)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22365932
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal Letters; Journal Volume: 784; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; HYDROGEN; MAGELLANIC CLOUDS; MILKY WAY; MORPHOLOGY; ORBITS; ORIGIN; STAR EVOLUTION; STARS; STREAMS