Investigating the nature of the Fried Egg nebula: CO mm-line and optical spectroscopy of IRAS 17163–3907
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2015

Through CO mm-line and optical spectroscopy, we investigate the properties of the Fried Egg nebula IRAS 17163–3907, which has recently been proposed to be one of the rare members of the yellow hypergiant class. The CO J = 2−1 and J = 3−2 emission arises from a region within 20'' of the star and is clearly associated with the circumstellar material. The CO lines show a multi-component asymmetrical profile, and an unexpected velocity gradient is resolved in the east-west direction, suggesting a bipolar outflow. This is in contrast with the apparent symmetry of the dust envelope as observed in the infrared. The optical spectrum of IRAS 17163–3907 between 5100 and 9000 Å was compared with that of the archetypal yellow hypergiant IRC+10420 and was found to be very similar. These results build on previous evidence that IRAS 17163–3907 is a yellow hypergiant.

circumstellar matter / stars: AGB and post-AGB / stars: mass-loss / stars: individual: IRAS 17163-3907


Sofia Wallström

Chalmers, Rymd- och geovetenskap, Radioastronomi och astrofysik

Sebastien Muller

Chalmers, Rymd- och geovetenskap, Onsala rymdobservatorium

E. Lagadec

Cornell University

John H Black

Chalmers, Rymd- och geovetenskap, Radioastronomi och astrofysik

R. D. Oudmaijer

University of Leeds

Kay Justtanont

Chalmers, Rymd- och geovetenskap, Radioastronomi och astrofysik

H. van Winckel

KU Leuven

A. Zijlstra

University of Manchester

Astronomy and Astrophysics

0004-6361 (ISSN) 1432-0746 (eISSN)

Vol. 574 A139 A139


Astronomi, astrofysik och kosmologi


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Onsala rymdobservatorium



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