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Smith Cloud

(Smith's Cloud, Lockman Cloud)
(high-velocity cloud on collision course with Milky Way)

The Smith Cloud (or Smith's Cloud or Lockman Cloud) is a high-velocity cloud within the galactic halo of the Milky Way that apparently will collide with the Milky Way disk in 30 million years. It shows a comet-like tail.

Its future collision with the Milky Way disk gives credence to the ascription of some star formation to such collisions, e.g., that of Gould's Belt.


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Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith%27s_Cloud
http://www.solstation.com/x-objects/sm-cloud.htm
https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2016IAUS..315....9L/abstract
https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2003ApJ...591L..33L/abstract
https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2009ApJ...707.1642N/abstract
RedshiftParsecs
/Distance
Lightyears
/Lookback Years
  
~012.4kpc40.4klySmith Cloud
Coordinates:Smith Cloud
J205110.4+014104

Referenced by pages:
dark galaxy
high-velocity cloud (HVC)

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