SEARCHING FOR COOL DUST IN THE MID-TO-FAR INFRARED: THE MASS-LOSS HISTORIES OF THE HYPERGIANTS μ Cep, VY CMa, IRC+10420, AND ρ Cas

@article{Shenoy2015SEARCHINGFC,
  title={SEARCHING FOR COOL DUST IN THE MID-TO-FAR INFRARED: THE MASS-LOSS HISTORIES OF THE HYPERGIANTS $\mu$ Cep, VY CMa, IRC+10420, AND $\rho$ Cas},
  author={D. Shenoy and R. Humphreys and T. Jones and M. Marengo and R. Gehrz and L. Helton and W. Hoffmann and A. Skemer and P. Hinz},
  journal={The Astronomical Journal},
  year={2015},
  volume={151},
  pages={51}
}
We present mid- and far- IR imaging of four famous hypergiant stars: the red supergiants $\mu$ Cep and VY CMa, and the warm hypergiants IRC +10420 and $\rho$ Cas. Our 11 to 37 $\mu$m SOFIA/FORCAST imaging probes cool dust not detected in visual and near-IR imaging studies. Adaptive optics (AO) 8 - 12 $\mu$m imaging of $\mu$ Cep and IRC +10420 with MMT/MIRAC reveals extended envelopes that are the likely sources of these stars' strong silicate emission features. We find $\mu$ Cep's mass-loss… Expand
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