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Astron. Astrophys. 345, 943-948 (1999)

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The structure and dynamics of the unique Honeycomb Nebula in the halo of 30 Doradus

M.P. Redman 1, Z.A. Al-Mostafa 1,2, J. Meaburn 1, M. Bryce 1 and J.E. Dyson 3

1 Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
2 King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Institute of Astronomical and Geophysical Research, P.O. Box 6086, Riyadh 11442, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK

Received 3 November 1998 / Accepted 2 March 1999


The structure and dynamics of the Honeycomb nebula in the Large Magellanic cloud are modelled as resulting from the interaction of a supernova explosion with an existing giant shell of the type commonly found in the LMC. In particular, the processes that may have led to the striking morphology and velocity structure of this nebula are examined. New data of the Honeycomb nebula, are presented. Here, spatially resolved profiles of the [S II ] 6716 & 6731 Å density sensitive lines, obtained with the Manchester Echelle Spectrometer, supplement previous, complementary, H[FORMULA] and [N II ] 6584 Å profiles.

The agreements and differences between all of these data and this simple model are highlighted.

Key words: ISM: kinematics and dynamics – ISM: supernova remnants – ISM: magnetic fields – galaxies: Magellanic Clouds

Send offprint requests to: M.P. Redman (mpr@ast.man.ac.uk)

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Online publication: April 28, 1999