TWINKLING STARS The disappearing SiO masers of W Aql
Paper in proceeding, 2012

W Aql is a binary S-type AGB star showing SiO maser emission. The dust distribution around the star is asymmetric, possibly indicating gravitational interaction between the binary pair. There are indications that the gas distribution also exhibits asymmetries. To investigate the source of the circumstellar structures, we applied for and were rewarded VLBI time to map the distribution of the SiO masers around this source and to constrain the presence and distribution of a possible magnetic field. Using VERA observations we also aim at measuring an accurate parallax to determine the binary separation, however, from showing peak emission of 21 Jy in June 2010, the SiO(1-0) v=1 line at 43 GHz has now disappeared. We find no correlation with the stellar pulsational period.

stars: AGB and post-AGB


stars: mass loss


S. Ramstedt

Argelander-Institut für Astronomie

Wouter Vlemmings

Chalmers, Earth and Space Sciences, Radio Astronomy and Astrophysics

S. Mohamed

South African Astronomical Observatory

Y.K. Choi

Max Planck Society

Hans Olofsson

Chalmers, Earth and Space Sciences, Onsala Space Observatory

Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union

1743-9213 (ISSN) 1743-9221 (eISSN)

Vol. 8 5287 260-261
978-110703284-2 (ISBN)

The XXVIIIth General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU)
Beijing, China,

Subject Categories

Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology


Basic sciences


Onsala Space Observatory



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