Discovery of new planetary nebulae in the Small Magellanic Cloud

D. Drašković, Q. A. Parker, W. A. Reid, M. Stupar

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    Abstract

    We present six new planetary nebulae (PNe) discovered in the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) from deep UK Schmidt telescope (UKST) narrow band Ha and broad-band short- red "SR" continuum images and confirmed spectroscopically. These 6 preliminary discoveries provide a 6% increase to the previously known SMC PN population of ∼100. Once spectroscopic follow-up of all our newly identified candidates is complete, we expect to increase the total number of known SMC PNe by up to 50%. This will permit a significant improvement to determination of the SMC PN luminosity function (PNLF) and enable further insights into the chemical evolution and kinematics of the SMC PN population.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number072008
    Pages (from-to)1-2
    Number of pages2
    JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
    Volume728
    Issue number7
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2016
    Event11th Pacific Rim Conference on Stellar Astrophysics - The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
    Duration: 14 Dec 201517 Dec 2015
    http://www.scifac.hku.hk/event/PRCSA2015/

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