An infrared ring nebula around MSX5C G358.5391+00.1305: The true nature of suspected planetary nebula wray 17-96 determined via direct imaging and spectroscopy

Egan, M. P.; Clark, J. S.; Mizuno, D. R.; Carey, S. J.; Steele, I. A. and Price, S. D. (2002). An infrared ring nebula around MSX5C G358.5391+00.1305: The true nature of suspected planetary nebula wray 17-96 determined via direct imaging and spectroscopy. Astrophysical Journal, 572(1) pp. 288–299.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1086/340222

Abstract

The Midcourse Space Experiment (MSX) Galactic plane survey discovered a nearly perfectly circular ring nebula around the suspected planetary nebula Wray 17-96. Using near-IR spectral typing and modeling of the mid-IR nebula, we find that Wray 17-96 is more likely a candidate to be a luminous blue variable (LBV) surrounded by a large spherical ejecta shell. It is very similar to the G79.29+0.46 LBV candidate in Cygnus and the Pistol Star. The K-band spectrum and the mid-IR data indicate a stellar temperature of 13,000 K. The most likely distance to the source is 4.5 kpc, leading to a luminosity of 1.8 × 106 L. We suggest that the nebula consists of multiple shells and that an evolution from oxygen-rich to carbon-rich chemistry may be indicated.

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