A turbulent wake as a tracer of 30,000 years of Mira’s mass loss history

@article{Martin2007ATW,
title={A turbulent wake as a tracer of 30,000 years of Mira’s mass loss history},
author={D. Christopher Martin and Mark Seibert and James D. Neill and David Schiminovich and Karl Forster and Robert Michael Rich and Barry Y. Welsh and Barry F. Madore and Jonathan M. Wheatley and Patrick Morrissey and Tom A. Barlow},
journal={Nature},
year={2007},
volume={448},
pages={780-783}
}
• Published 16 August 2007
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Mira is one of the first variable stars ever discovered and it is the prototype (and also the nearest example) of a class of low-to-intermediate-mass stars in the late stages of stellar evolution. These stars are relatively common and they return a large fraction of their original mass to the interstellar medium (ISM) (ref. 2) through a processed, dusty, molecular wind. Thus stars in Mira’s stage of evolution have a direct impact on subsequent star and planet formation in their host galaxy…
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