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Astron. Astrophys. 357, 1031-1034 (2000)

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Bow-shocks and possible jet-shell interaction in the planetary nebula M 2-48

R. Vázquez 1, L. López-Martín 2, L.F. Miranda 3, C. Esteban 4, J.M. Torrelles 5, L. Arias 2 and A.C. Raga 2

1 Instituto de Astronomía, UNAM, Km 103 Carretera Tijuana-Ensenada, 22860 Ensenada, B.C., Mexico (vazquez@astrosen.unam.mx)
2 Instituto de Astronomía, UNAM, Circuito de la Investigación Científica, 06510 Cd. Universitaria, D.F., Mexico (luislm,lorena,raga@astroscu.unam.mx)
3 Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, CSIC, c/Sancho Panza s/n, 18008 Granada, Spain (lfm@iaa.es)
4 Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, c/Vía Láctea s/n, 38200 La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain (cel@ll.iac.es)
5 Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya and Instituto de Ciencias del Espacio (CSIC), Edifici Nexus, C/ Gran Capitá 2-4, 08034 Barcelona, Spain (torrelles@ieec.fcr.es)

Received 12 January 2000 / Accepted 27 March 2000


Deep narrow band CCD images in the H[FORMULA], [OIII ] [FORMULA] Å, [NII ] [FORMULA] Å, and [SII ] [FORMULA] Å emission lines have been obtained for the planetary nebula M 2-48. The discovery of a pair of symmetric low-excitation bow-shocks, separated by [FORMULA], and forming a highly collimated bipolar outflow, is presented. The bow-shocks are emitting in [OIII ] and present the ionization structure expected from working surfaces of collimated jets, pointing out that these structures are tracing regions with shocked gas at high velocities ([FORMULA] km s-1). In addition, an internal bipolar outflow ([FORMULA]) and an apparent off-center semi-circular shell (size [FORMULA]) are also detected. An enhancement of low-excitation line emission is observed in the shell along the outflow axis. This result can be interpreted in terms of a jet-shell interaction.

Key words: ISM: jets and outflows – ISM: planetary nebulae: individual: M 2-48

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