In this review we cover the detection, identification and astrophysical importance of planetary nebulae (PN). The legacy of the historic Perek & Kohoutek and Acker et al. catalogues is briefly covered before highlighting the more recent but significant progress in PN discoveries in our Galaxy and the Magellanic Clouds. We place particular emphasis on the major MASH and IPHAS catalogues, which, over the last decade alone, have essentially doubled Galactic and LMC PN numbers. We then discuss the increasing role and importance that multi-wavelength data is playing in both the detection of candidate PN and the elimination of PN mimics that have seriously biased previous PN compilations. The prospects for future surveys and current efforts and prospects for PN detections in external galaxies are briefly discussed due to their value both as cosmic distance indicators and as kinematical probes of galaxies and dark matter properties.
Asymmetric Planetary Nebulae 5 Conference
- Pub Date:
- Stars: post-AGB;
- planetary nebulae: general;
- surveys: general;
- Astrophysics - Galaxy Astrophysics
- 8 pages, 1 figure, Proceedings of the Asymmetric Planetary Nebula V Conference (Invited Review, Lake District, England, June 2010)