IRAS 12063-6259

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IRAS 12063-6259
Emission nebula
H II region
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Observation data: J2000 epoch
Right ascension 12h 09m 01.1s
Declination −63° 15′ 54.7″
Distance 30,985 ly   (9,500 pc)
Apparent dimensions (V) 16"x7"
Constellation Crux
Physical characteristics
Radius 1.20 ly
Notable features star forming region
Designations G298.19-0.78,RAFGL 4144, He 2-77, PK 298-00.1
See also: Lists of nebulae

IRAS 12063-6259 is a compact H II region which lies at a heliocentric distance of roughly 9.5 kpc and a galactocentric distance of 9.3 kpc.[1] Although previously classified as a planetary nebula as well as an H II region, this source is now solely classified as a normal compact H II region, due to its colour criteria,[2] it infrared luminosity, and its spectral content.[3]

Radio observations from the Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA) reveal IRAS 12063-6259 to consist of a compact object roughly 16"x7" which is embedded in a low brightness region 28"x25". The compact region contains two compact objects at 4.8 GHz, labelled Radio A and Radio B, while at higher frequencies (8.6 GHz) Radio B is further resolved into subcomponents B1 and B2. This complex substructure points towards the presence of multiple ionising stars rather than a single star.[4]

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Coordinates: Sky map 12h 09m 01.1s, −-63° 15′ 54.7″


  1. ^ Caswell, J.L., & Haynes, R.F. 1987, A&A, 171, 261
  2. ^ Wood, D.O.S., & Churchwell, E. 1989, ApJ, 340, 265
  3. ^ Peeters, E., Martín-Hernández, N.L., Damour, F., Cox, P., Roelfsema, P.R., Balutea, J.-P., Tielens, A.G.G.M., Churchwell, E., Kessler, M.F., Mathis, J.S., Morisset, C., & Schaerer, D. 2002, A&A, 381, 571
  4. ^ Martín-Hernández, N.L., van der Hulst, J.M., & Tielens, A.G.G.M. 2003, A&A, 407, 957