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The Dynamics of the AG Car Ring Nebula

  • Linda J. Smith (a1)

Abstract

High spatial (2”) and spectral (7 km s–1) resolution observations of the ring nebula surrounding the LBV star AG Carinae are presented. The data, covering Hα and [NII], were obtained with the UCL echelle spectrograph on the AAT and cover 4 radial slit positions centred on AG Car. The nebular motions are clearly resolved and show that it is a single shell expanding at 70 km s–1 which was ejected from the central star some 7 000 years ago. The data also reveal the presence of a high velocity (~ 83 km s–1) bipolar mass outflow which has distorted the northeastern back edge of the shell.

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