Title: A large radio nebula around P Cygni
Authors: Skinner, CJ ×
Becker, RH
White, RL
Exter, Katrina
Barlow, MJ
Davis, RJ #
Issue Date: May-1998
Publisher: Blackwell science ltd
Series Title: Monthly notices of the royal astronomical society vol:296 issue:3 pages:669-688
Abstract: We present a large set of radio observations of the luminous blue variable P Cygni. These include two 6-cm images obtained with MERLIN which spatially resolve the 6-cm photosphere, monitoring observations obtained at Jodrell Bank every few days over a period of two months, and VLA observations obtained every month for seven years, This combination of data shows that the circumstellar environment of P Cyg is highly inhomogeneous, that there is a radio nebula extending to almost an arcminute from the star at 2 and 6 cm, and that the radio emission is variable on a time-scale no longer than one month, and probably as short as a few days. This short-time-scale variability is difficult to explain, We present a model for the radio emission with which we demonstrate that the star has probably been losing mass at a significant rate for at least a few thousand years, and that it has undergone at least two major outbursts of increased mass loss during the past two millenia.
ISSN: 0035-8711
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Non-KU Leuven Association publications
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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