A precessing jet in the NGC2264G outflow

Carolyn McCoey, P. S. Teixeira, M. Fich, C. J. Lada

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We present new infrared imaging of the NGC 2264 G protostellar outflow region, obtained with the Spitzer Space Telescope. A jet in the red (eastern) outflow lobe is clearly detected in all four IRAC bands and, for the first time, is shown to continuously extend over the entire length of the red outflow lobe, as traced by CO observations. The jet also extends to a deeply embedded Class 0 source, VLA2, confirming previous suggestions that it is the driving source of the outflow. The images show that the easternmost part of the jet exhibits what appears to be multiple changes of direction. We consider two possible explanations for the jet morphology: (i) deflection of the jet off the walls of the outflow lobes as proposed by Fich & Lada (1997) and (ii) precession. The jet structure shown in the IRAC images can be largely, although not entirely, explained by a slowly precessing jet (period 8000 yr) that lies mostly on the plane of the sky. In either case it appears that the observed and inferred changes in the jet direction are sufficient to broaden the NGC 2264 G outflow to an extent comparable to that observed in the CO emission. P. S. T. acknowledges support from the scholarship SFRH/BD/13984/2003 awarded by the Fundaçao para a Ciencia e Tecnologia (Portugal). Both M. F. and C. M. are supported by a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Grant.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-
JournalBulletin of the American Astronomical Society
Publication statusPublished - May 2007
Event2007 AAS/AAPT Joint Meeting, American Astronomical Society Meeting 209 - Seattle, United States
Duration: 5 Jan 200710 Jan 2007
Conference number: 209


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