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Molecular Gas in the Nucleus of M82

  • K. Y. Lo (a1), K. W. Cheung (a1), C. R. Masson (a1), T. G. Phillips (a1), N. Z. Scoville (a1) and D. P. Woody (a1)...

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7″-resolution CO (1-0) observations of M82 with the Owens Valley millimeter-wave interferometer have resolved 2 components of molecular gas in the central 1.5 arcmin of the galaxy: (1) a high plane of M82, and (2) shell-like or filamentary structures of molecular gas, with size-scale as large as 400 pc, extending most likely out of the plane of the galaxy.

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