Research in Astron. and astroph., 20, 107-107 (2020/July-0)
Discovery of extended structures around two evolved planetary nebulae M 2-55 and Abell 2.
HSIA C.-H., ZHANG Y., ZHANG X.-L. and LUO T.
Abstract (from CDS):
We report a multi-wavelength study of two evolved planetary nebulae (PNs) M 2-55 and Abell 2. Deep optical narrow-band images ([O III], Hα, and [N II]) of M 2-55 reveal two pairs of bipolar lobes and a new faint arc-like structure. This arc-shaped filament around M 2-55 appears as a well-defined boundary from southwest to southeast, strongly suggesting that this nebula is in interaction with its surrounding interstellar medium. From the imaging data of Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) all-sky survey, we discovered extensive mid-infrared halos around these PNs, which are approximately twice the size of their main nebulae seen in the visible. We also present a mid-resolution optical spectrum of M 2-55, which shows that it is a high-excitation evolved PN with a low electron density of 250 cm–3. Furthermore, we investigate the properties of these nebulae from their spectral energy distributions (SEDs) by means of archival data
s: infrared: ISM - ISM: structure - planetary nebulae: individual: (M 2-55 and Abell 2) - stars: AGB and post-AGB