The GALAH survey: stellar streams and how stellar velocity distributions vary with Galactic longitude, hemisphere, and metallicity

Alice C. Quillen*, Gayandhi De Silva, Sanjib Sharma, Michael Hayden, Ken Freeman, Joss Bland-Hawthorn, Maruša Žerjal, Martin Asplund, Sven Buder, Valentina D'Orazi, Ly Duong, Janez Kos, Jane Lin, Karin Lind, Sarah Martell, Katharine Schlesinger, Jeffrey D. Simpson, Daniel B. Zucker, Tomaz Zwitter, Borja AnguianoDaniela Carollo, Luca Casagrande, Klemen Cotar, Peter L. Cottrell, Michael Ireland, Prajwal R. Kafle, Jonathan Horner, Geraint F. Lewis, David M. Nataf, Yuan Sen Ting, Fred Watson, Rob Wittenmyer, Rosemary Wyse

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    Using GALAH (GALactic Archaeology with HERMES) survey data of nearby stars, we look at how structure in the planar (u, v) velocity distribution depends on metallicity and on viewing direction within the Galaxy. In nearby stars with distance d ≲ 1 kpc, the Hercules stream is most strongly seen in higher metallicity stars [Fe/H] > 0.2. The Hercules stream peak v value depends on viewed galactic longitude, which we interpret as due to the gap between the stellar stream and more circular orbits being associated with a specific angular momentum value of about 1640 km s-1 kpc. The association of the gap with a particular angular momentum value supports a bar resonant model for the Hercules stream. Moving groups previously identified in Hipparcos (HIgh Precision Parallax COllecting Satellite) observations are easiest to see in stars nearer than 250 pc, and their visibility and peak velocities in the velocity distributions depends on both viewing direction (galactic longitude and hemisphere) and metallicity. We infer that there is fine structure in local velocity distributions that varies over distances of a few hundred pc in the Galaxy.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)228-254
    Number of pages27
    JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2018

    Bibliographical note

    This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 478, Issue 1, 21 July 2018, Pages 228–254, Copyright 2018 The Author(s). Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.


    • Galaxy: disc
    • Galaxy: evolution
    • Galaxy: kinematics and dynamics
    • Galaxy: Kinematics and dynamics
    • Galaxy: Disc
    • Galaxy: Evolution


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