Planetary nebulae in the solar neighborhood

David J. Frew*, Quentin A. Parker

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The AAO/UKST Hα Survey has been used to discover a number of new, large, nearby planetary nebulae (PNe) These discoveries, combined with a critical re-analysis of all previously known large PNe, have allowed the compilation of a relatively complete census of PNe in the solar neighbourhood within 1.0 kpc. Distances are based in part on a new Hα surface brightness - radius relation. The census is relatively bias-free, and will provide more accurate estimates of the PN formation rate, average PN lifetime, and the total number of PNe in the Galaxy, as well as a first look at the faint end of the PN luminosity function (PNLF).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPLANETARY NEBULAE AS ASTRONOMICAL TOOLS: International Conference on Planetary Nebulae as Astronomical Tools
EditorsRyszard Szczerba, Grazyna Stasinska, Slawomir K. Gorny
Place of PublicationCollege Park, MD
PublisherAIP Publishing
Number of pages1
ISBN (Print)0735402949, 9780735402942
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2005
EventInternational Conference on Planetary Nebulae as Astronomical Tools - Gdansk, Poland
Duration: 28 Jun 20052 Jul 2005


OtherInternational Conference on Planetary Nebulae as Astronomical Tools


  • Planetary nebulae: general
  • Stars: stellar statistics


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