With the SEST telescope, we observed ^12^CO(10,->^13^)CO(10,->and) C^18^O(10)->emission from the cometary globules CG4 and CG6 in the Gum Nebula and also CS(21->and) HCO^+^(10->in) CG4. There are =~50Msun_ and =~5.5Msun_ of molecular hydrogen, respectively, in CG4 and CG6. The gas kinetic temperature is =~16K in both globules. The gas kinematics indicate the globules are strongly affected by ionization fronts on their surfaces. Red and blue line wings are found throughout CG4 and the velocity gradients suggest a divergent flow that may be responsible for the apparent disruption of the globule's head. In CG6, a head to tail velocity gradient indicates a dynamical age of 10^6^yr. We discuss a possible evolution scenario for these globules.
Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Pub Date:
- January 1995
- ISM: KINEMATICS AND DYNAMICS;
- H II REGIONS;
- ISM: INDIVIDUAL OBJECTS: GUM NEBULA;
- ISM: RADIO LINES