To see or not to see a bow shock. Identifying bow shocks with Ha allsky surveys

Brown, D. ORCID: 0000-0001-6564-3339 and Bomans, D.J., 2005. To see or not to see a bow shock. Identifying bow shocks with Ha allsky surveys. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 439 (1), pp. 183-194.

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OB-stars have the highest luminosities and strongest stellar winds of all stars, which enables them to interact strongly with their surrounding ISM, thus creating bow shocks. These offer us an ideal opportunity to learn more about the ISM. They were first detected and analysed around runaway OB-stars using the IRAS allsky survey by van Buren et al. (1995, AJ, 110, 2614). Using the geometry of such bow shocks information concerning the ISM density and its fluctuations can be gained from such infrared observations. As to help to improve the bow shock models, additional observations at other wavelengths, e.g. H, are most welcome. However due to their low velocity these bow shocks have a size of 1°, and could only be observed as a whole with great difficulties. In the light of the new H allsky surveys (SHASSA/VTSS) this is no problem any more. We developed different methods to detect bow shocks, e.g. the improved determination of their symmetry axis with radial distance profiles. Using two H-allsky surveys (SHASSA/VTSS), we searched for bow shocks and compared the different methods. From our sample we conclude, that the correlation between the direction of both proper motion and the symmetry axis determined with radial distance profile is the most promising detection method. We found eight bow shocks around HD 17505 , HD 24430 , HD 48099 , HD 57061 , HD 92206 , HD 135240 , HD 149757 , and HD 158186 from 37 candidates taken from van Buren et al. (1995, AJ, 110, 2614).

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Astronomy & Astrophysics
Creators: Brown, D. and Bomans, D.J.
Publisher: EDP Sciences
Date: 2005
Volume: 439
Number: 1
Rights: © ESO 2005
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:19
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:26

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