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California molecular cloud

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The California Molecular Cloud (CMC) is a molecular cloud region situated near the California Nebula in the constellation Perseus. Compared to other molecular clouds like the Orion A Molecular Cloud, the California MC exhibits relatively low star formation activity.[1][2][3]

This feature consists of two intersecting low-density filaments, creating a dense hub region. The filaments extend in the southeast and southwest directions, forming an angle of approximately 60 degrees in the plane of the sky. Notably, these filaments contain chains of closely spaced dense cores, indicating active star formation within the cloud.


  1. Lada, Charles J.; Lombardi, Marco; Alves, João F. (2009-09-20). "THE CALIFORNIA MOLECULAR CLOUD". The Astrophysical Journal. 703 (1): 52–59. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/703/1/52. ISSN 0004-637X.
  2. Zhang, Guo-Yin; Xu, Jin-Long; Vasyunin, A. I.; Semenov, D. A.; Wang, Jun-Jie; Dib, Sami; Liu, Tie; Liu, Sheng-Yuan; Zhang, Chuan-Peng; Liu, Xiao-Lan; Wang, Ke; Li, Di; Wu, Zhong-Zu; Yuan, Jing-Hua; Li, Da-Lei (December 2018). "Physical properties and chemical composition of the cores in the California molecular cloud". Astronomy & Astrophysics. 620: A163. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201833622. ISSN 0004-6361.
  3. Lada, Charles J.; Lewis, John A.; Lombardi, Marco; Alves, João (October 2017). "HP2 survey: III. The California Molecular Cloud: A sleeping giant revisited⋆⋆⋆". Astronomy & Astrophysics. 606: A100. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201731221. ISSN 0004-6361.

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