Mass and kinetic energy of the homunculus nebula around η carinae

@inproceedings{Smith2003MassAK,
  title={Mass and kinetic energy of the homunculus nebula around η carinae},
  author={Nathan Smith and Robert D. Gehrz and Philip M. Hinz and William F. Hoffmann and Joseph L. Hora and Eric E. Mamajek and Michael R. Meyer},
  year={2003}
}
We examine thermal infrared images of η Car at wavelengths from 4.8 to 25 μm obtained with the MIRAC3 camera system at the Magellan Observatory, and we conclude that η Car's circumstellar Homunculus Nebula contains much more mass (12 M⊙) and kinetic energy (1049.6–1050 ergs) than had previously been recognized. Excess far-infrared emission from a large mass of cold dust had been discovered recently by Morris et al., which they attributed to 110 K dust in a compact equatorial torus. Our images… CONTINUE READING