The existing data on the distribution of O and B stars, of optical and radio H II sources, of H I and of cosmic dust have been assembled for the Carina-Centaurus Section of the Milky Way, l
II = 265° to 305°. The published data have been supplemented by recent photoelectric UBV data and new photographic material. Two Working Diagrams (Figures 9 and 10) of the Carina Spiral Feature have been prepared. The Feature is sharply bounded at l
II = 282° and again at l
II = 295° in the range of distance from 1.5 to 6 kpc from the sun. Its outer rim is observed from the sun almost tangentially to a distance of 8 kpc from the sun. The Feature is found to bend at distances greater than 9 to 10 kpc from the sun, a result shown by both radio H I and radio H II data.
Figure 9 presents our basic data for the stellar, gas and dust components of the Feature. The O and early B stars and the H II Regions are closely associated and within 6 kpc of the sun they are concentrated in the range 285° < l
II < 295°. The distribution in longitude of H I is broader and spills over on both sides of the O and B and the H II peak distributions. Long period cepheids yield a concentration similar to that shown by O and B stars and H II Regions. The visual interstellar absorption between l
II = 282° and 295° is represented by a value A
V = 0.5 mag kpc−1, or less, applicable to distances of 4 to 5 kpc. Much higher absorption is present on the outside of the Carina Spiral Feature, 265° < l
II < 280°, where total visual absorptions as great as 3.5 mags. are found at distances of the order of 2 kpc. Even heavier absorption is indicated for these longitudes at 4 kpc from the sun, thus suggesting that the heavy obscuration on the outside of the Carina Spiral Feature is a phenomenon of general structural relevance (see Figures 8 and 9). Only small values of A
V are found at the inside of the Spiral Feature.
The Working Diagram (Figure 10) shows that the O and B star peak and the H II peak have a width of 800 parsecs (12°) at 4 kpc from the sun, whereas the H I width is at least 1500 parsecs at the same distance. The peak of the O and B star distribution and of the H II distribution lies at about 600 parsecs (8° at 4 kpc) within the outer edge of the spiral feature. The heaviest interstellar absorption is on the outside of the Feature.