Eisner, Josh A.
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Steward Observ
KeywordsHerbig-Haro objects - ISM
individual objects (Orion OMC1) - ISM
jets and outflows stars - stars
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CitationThe ALMA View of the OMC1 Explosion in Orion 2017, 837 (1):60 The Astrophysical Journal
JournalThe Astrophysical Journal
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AbstractMost massive stars form in dense clusters where gravitational interactions with other. stars may be common. The two nearest forming massive stars, the BN object and Source I, located behind the Orion Nebula, were ejected with velocities of similar to 29 and similar to 13 km s(-1) about 500 years ago by such interactions. This event generated an explosion in the gas. New ALMA observations show in unprecedented detail, a roughly spherically symmetric distribution of over a hundred (CO)-C-12 J = 2-1 streamers with velocities extending from V-LSR = -150 to +145 km s(-1) The streamer radial velocities increase (or decrease) linearly with projected distance from the explosion center, forming a '' Hubble Flow '' confined to within 50 ''. of the explosion center. They point toward the high proper-motion, shock-excited H-2 and [Fe II] '' fingertips '' and lower-velocity CO in the H-2 wakes comprising Orion's '' fingers.'' In some directions, the H-2 '' fingers '' extend more than a factor of two farther from the ejection center than the CO streamers. Such deviations from spherical symmetry may be caused by ejecta running into dense gas or the dynamics of the N-body interaction that ejected the stars and produced the explosion. This similar to 10(48) erg event may have been powered by the release of gravitational potential energy associated with the formation of a compact binary or a protostellar merger. Orion may be the prototype for a new class of stellar explosiozn responsible for luminous infrared transients in nearby galaxies.
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SponsorsNational Science Foundation (NSF) [AST-1009847]; ALMA [2013.1.00546.S]; CONACyT, Mexico; DGAPA; UNAM