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2000A&A...357..681H - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 357, 681-685 (2000/5-2)

The distance to the nearest star-forming clouds: MBM 12 and MBM 20.


Abstract (from CDS):

We present high-resolution spectra (R∼49,000) of stars that have parallax measurements from the Hipparcos satellite and are projected along the line of sight to the two nearest known star forming clouds to the Sun: MBM 12 and MBM 20. The spectra were obtained with the FOCES Echelle Spectrograph at the 2.2 meter telescope in Calar Alto, Spain and the wavelength range was chosen to include the interstellar NaI D lines at λ5889.950Å and λ5895.924Å. Since the stars are at a range of distances, we use their spectra along with their parallaxes from Hipparcos to determine the distance to the molecular gas. The stars in front of the cloud do not show interstellar NaI D absorption features while the stars behind the cloud do show interstellar absorption features. We find that both clouds are somewhat more distant than previously estimated. The revised distance to MBM12 is 58±5pc<d<90±12pc and the distance to MBM 20 is 112±15 pc<d<161±21pc.

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Journal keyword(s): stars: formation - ISM: clouds - ISM: individual objects: MBM 12 - ISM: individual objects: MBM 20

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