Discovery of new planetary nebulae in the Small Magellanic Cloud

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

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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
Issue number7
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

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