This page is about the interstellar cloud. For the UK Government Cloud initiative see UK Government G-Cloud.
Interstellar cloud

The G-Cloud complex and neighboring Local Interstellar Cloud
Observation data
Designations G Cloud[1]

The G-Cloud (or G-Cloud complex) is an interstellar cloud located next to the Local Interstellar Cloud. It is unknown whether the Solar System is embedded in the Local Interstellar Cloud or in the region where the two clouds are interacting, although the Solar System is currently moving towards the G-Cloud. The G-Cloud contains the stars Alpha Centauri (a triple star system that includes Proxima Centauri) and Altair (and possibly others).[2][3][4][5][6][7]


  1. "NAME G CLOUD -- Cloud". Simbad.cfa.harvard.edu. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  2. "Our Local Galactic Neighborhood". Interstellar.jpl.nasa.gov. Retrieved 2015-10-07.
  3. Paul Gilster (2010-09-01). "Into the Interstellar Void". Centauri-dreams.org. Retrieved 2015-10-07.
  4. "The Interstellar Medium". Archived from the original on 19 April 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
  5. Seth Redfield (2009). "Physical Properties of the Local Interstellar Medium" (PDF). Igpp.ucla.edu. Retrieved 2015-10-07.
  6. Frisch., Priscilla (2003-02-03). "Local Interstellar Matter: The Apex Cloud". arXiv.org e-Print archive. doi:10.1086/376684. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  7. "Short Sharp Science: Spacecraft probes gas cloud swaddling the solar system". Newscientist.com. 2012-02-02. Retrieved 2015-10-07.
This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 6/22/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.