The violent interstellar medium of the Magellanic Cloud System

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The interstellar gas of the Magellanic System is subject to the harassment of tidal interactions on galaxy-wide scales and stellar energy feedback on sub-galactic scales. H i surveys of the Magellanic System have produced spectacular images of the tidally displaced interstellar gas in the Magellanic Bridge and Streams. Multi-wavelength observations of the interstellar gas in the Magellanic Clouds have revealed gas components in physical conditions ranging from cold molecular cloud to hot ionized coronal gas. While stellar energy feedback is responsible for heating and dispersing interstellar gas, it can also compress ambient cloud to form stars. I will use Chandra, XMM-Newton, FUSE, HST, Spitzer, ATCA, and other ground-based observations to illustrate the interplay among massive stars, interstellar medium, and star formation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)166-177
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
Issue numberS256
StatePublished - Jul 2008


  • Galaxies: ISM
  • ISM: bubbles
  • ISM: evolution
  • ISM: general
  • Magellanic Clouds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Space and Planetary Science


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