The VLT MUSE NFM view of outflows and externally photoevaporating discs near the orion bar

Thomas J. Haworth, Megan Reiter, C. Robert O'Dell, Peter Zeidler, Olivier Berne, Carlo F. Manara, Giulia Ballabio, Jinyoung S. Kim, John Bally, Javier R. Goicoechea, Mari Liis Aru, Aashish Gupta, Anna Miotello

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We present Very Large Telescope/Multi-Unit Spectroscopic Explorer Narrow Field Mode observations of a pair of disc-bearing young stellar objects towards the Orion Bar: 203-504 and 203-506. Both of these discs are subject to external photoevaporation, where winds are launched from their outer regions due to environmental irradiation. Intriguingly, despite having projected separation from one another of only 1.65 arcsec(660 au at 400 pc), 203-504 has a classic teardrop shaped 'proplyd' morphology pointing towards θ2 Ori A (indicating irradiation by the EUV of that star, rather than Ori C) but 203-506 has no ionization front, indicating it is not irradiated by stellar EUV at all. However, 203-506 does show [C i] 8727 Å and [O i] 6300 Å in emission, indicating irradiation by stellar FUV. This explicitly demonstrates the importance of FUV irradiation in driving mass loss from discs. We conclude that shielding of 203-506 from EUV is most likely due to its position on the observers side of an ionized layer lying in the foreground of the Huygens Region. We demonstrate that the outflow HH 519, previously thought to be emanating from 203-504 is actually an irradiated cloud edge and identify a new compact outflow from that object approximately along our line of sight with a velocity ∼130 km s-1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4129-4142
Number of pages14
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 1 2023


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  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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