We derive the mean velocity components at various Galactocentric radii from 8 to 14 kpc using about 40,000 red clump stars observed in the LAMOST survey. We find that the vertical bulk motion for younger red clump stars are significantly larger than that for the older red clump stars. This is likely the kinematical feature of the Galactic warp around its line-of-node, which is located close to the Galactic anti-center region. It is evident that the warp are mainly contributed by the younger stars rather than the older stars. The age variation in the vertical kinematics favors a formation scenario where the Galactic warp is originated from infalling misaligned gas.
Formation and Evolution of Galaxy Outskirts
- Pub Date:
- March 2017
- Galaxy: kinematics and dynamics;
- Galaxy: structure;
- Galaxy: disk;
- Galaxy: evolution;
- Astrophysics - Astrophysics of Galaxies
- 4 pages, 2 figures, IAUS 321 "Formation and Evolution of Galaxy Outskirts"