Large dust grains in the wind of VY Canis Majoris

@article{Scicluna2015LargeDG,
  title={Large dust grains in the wind of VY Canis Majoris},
  author={P. Scicluna and R. Siebenmorgen and R. Wesson and J. Blommaert and M. Kasper and N. Voshchinnikov and S. Wolf},
  journal={Astronomy and Astrophysics},
  year={2015},
  volume={584}
}
Massive stars live short lives, losing large amounts of mass through their stellar wind. Their mass is a key factor determining how and when they explode as supernovae, enriching the interstellar medium with heavy elements and dust. During the red supergiant phase, mass-loss rates increase prodigiously, but the driving mechanism has proven elusive. Here we present high-contrast optical polarimetric-imaging observations of the extreme red supergiant VY Canis Majoris and its clumpy, dusty, mass… Expand
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