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Astron. Astrophys. 363, 451-454 (2000)

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CO and optical observations of the Magellanic Bridge *

J.V. Smoker 1, F.P. Keenan 1, A.G. Polatidis 2, C.J. Mooney 1, N. Lehner 1 and W.R.J. Rolleston 1

1 The Queen's University of Belfast, Astrophysics and Planetary Science Division, Department of Pure and Applied Physics, University Road, Belfast, BT7 1NN, UK
2 Onsala Space Observatory, 439 92 Onsala, Sweden

Received 27 March 2000 / Accepted 4 September 2000


We present 12CO(1-0) molecular line and BV CCD observations towards 0311-7651, a region in the Magellanic Bridge where cold atomic Hydrogen has previously been detected by Kobulnicky & Dickey. Additionally, BV images of a comparison field 1o to the South were taken. No CO was detected to a limit of [FORMULA] 0.06 Kelvin, and the colour-magnitude diagrams show no evidence for a stellar association in either field.

Key words: galaxies: ISM – galaxies: Magellanic Clouds – galaxies: photometry – radio lines: galaxies – radio lines: ISM

* Based on observations made with the Danish 1.54-m and SEST telescopes at the European Southern Observatory, La Silla, Chile.

Send offprint requests to: j.smoker@qub.ac.uk

© European Southern Observatory (ESO) 2000

Online publication: December 11, 2000