Local Interstellar Cloud (LIC)
A cloud of neutral hydrogen that is flowing away from the Scorpius-Centaurus
Association and through which the Sun is currently passing. The LIC
resides in a low-density hole in the interstellar
medium known as the Local Bubble. Nearby,
high-density molecular clouds, including
the Aquila Rift, surround star-forming regions.
|The Sun and the nearest stars move through filaments
of galactic clouds, including the Local Interstellar Cloud (figure
by P. C. Frisch, University of Chicago).