The Milky Way in Molecular Clouds: A New Complete CO Survey

  title={The Milky Way in Molecular Clouds: A New Complete CO Survey},
  author={Thomas M. Dame and D. Hartmann and Patrick Thaddeus},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  pages={792 - 813}
New large-scale CO surveys of the first and second Galactic quadrants and the nearby molecular cloud complexes in Orion and Taurus, obtained with the CfA 1.2 m telescope, have been combined with 31 other surveys obtained over the past two decades with that instrument and a similar telescope on Cerro Tololo in Chile, to produce a new composite CO survey of the entire Milky Way. The survey consists of 488,000 spectra that Nyquist or beamwidth ( °) sample the entire Galactic plane over a strip 4… 

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