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ON THE DISTANCE TO M1-67

CRAWFORD, IA; BARLOW, MJ; (1991) ON THE DISTANCE TO M1-67. ASTRON ASTROPHYS , 249 (2) 518 - 520.

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Abstract

The interstellar Na I D2 absorption spectrum of 209 BAC, the WN 8 central star of M 1-67, shows a total velocity extent of 60 km s-1. This is consistent with the spread of gas velocities expected from galactic rotation, provided 209 BAC is at a distance of 4-5 kpc, implying that it is a massive Population I WN 8 star surrounded by a stellar ejecta nebula. If M 1-67 was a planetary nebula at a distance of only 0.5-1 kpc, the velocity extent of the Na I absorption line should be 5-6 times smaller than that observed. We suggest that similar observations should be obtained of We 21, recently discovered by Duerbeck & Reipurth to be a WN 8 star in a ring-like nebula.

Type:Article
Title:ON THE DISTANCE TO M1-67
Keywords:INTERSTELLAR MEDIUM, BUBBLES, SHELLS, SPECTROSCOPY, PLANETARY NEBULAE, GENERAL, STARS, WOLF-RAYET, WOLF-RAYET STARS, NEBULAE
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy

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