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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.


(cloud,Milky Way)
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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