The Galactic Anticenter region hosts a a number of massive molecular cloud complexes, some of which are currently actively forming stars. Two major OB associations, Gem OB1 and Aur OB1, are found in this direction, each with numerous massive stars and a supernova remnant. The dominant region of star formation is centered around the Sh 2-235 complex and the nearby regions AFGL 5142, 5144, and 5157 towards Aur OB1. Studies of these regions have long been affected by relatively poor distance determinations, although there is general consensus that most regions are located at distances between 1.5 and 2 kpc. A number of well-known, relatively isolated Herbig Ae/Be stars are found in this general direction, including RR Tau, HD 250550, and LkHα 208.
Handbook of Star Forming Regions, Volume I
- Pub Date:
- December 2008