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MESS (Mass-loss of Evolved StarS), a Herschel key program
Groenewegen, M.A.T.; Waelkens, C.; Barlow, M.J.; Kerschbaum, F.; Garcia-Lario, P.; Cernicharo, J.; Blommaert, J.A.D.L.; Bouwman, J.; Cohen, M.; Cox, N.; Decin, L.; Exter, K.; Gear, W.K.; Gomez, H.L.; Hargrave, P.C.; Henning, T.; Hutsemékers, D.; Ivison, R.J.; Jorissen, A.; Krause, O.; Ladjal, D.; Leeks, S.J.; Lim, T.L.; Matsuura, M.; Nazé, Y.; Olofsson, G.; Ottensamer, R.; Polehampton, E.; Posch, T.; Rauw, G.; Royer, P.; Sibthorpe, B.; Swinyard, B.M.; Ueta, T.; Vamvatira-Nakou, C.; Vandenbussche, B.; Van de Steene, G.C.; Van Eck, S.; van Hoof, P.A.M.; Van Winckel, H.; Verdugo, E.; Wesson, R. (2011). MESS (Mass-loss of Evolved StarS), a Herschel key program. Astron. Astrophys. 526: A162.
In: Astronomy & Astrophysics (Les Ulis). EDP Sciences: Les Ulis. ISSN 0004-6361; e-ISSN 1432-0746, more
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Author keywords
    stars: AGB and post-AGB / stars: mass loss / supernovae: general / circumstellar matter / infrared: stars

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  • Groenewegen, M.A.T.
  • Waelkens, C.
  • Barlow, M.J.
  • Kerschbaum, F.
  • Garcia-Lario, P.
  • Cernicharo, J.
  • Blommaert, J.A.D.L.
  • Bouwman, J.
  • Cohen, M.
  • Cox, N.
  • Decin, L.
  • Exter, K., more
  • Gear, W.K.
  • Gomez, H.L.
  • Hargrave, P.C.
  • Henning, T.
  • Hutsemékers, D.
  • Ivison, R.J.
  • Jorissen, A.
  • Krause, O.
  • Ladjal, D.
  • Leeks, S.J.
  • Lim, T.L.
  • Matsuura, M.
  • Nazé, Y.
  • Olofsson, G.
  • Ottensamer, R.
  • Polehampton, E.
  • Posch, T.
  • Rauw, G.
  • Royer, P.
  • Sibthorpe, B.
  • Swinyard, B.M.
  • Ueta, T.
  • Vamvatira-Nakou, C.
  • Vandenbussche, B.
  • Van de Steene, G.C.
  • Van Eck, S.
  • van Hoof, P.A.M.
  • Van Winckel, H.
  • Verdugo, E.
  • Wesson, R.

    MESS (Mass-loss of Evolved StarS) is a guaranteed time key program that uses the PACS and SPIRE instruments on board the Herschel space observatory to observe a representative sample of evolved stars, that include asymptotic giant branch (AGB) and post-AGB stars, planetary nebulae and red supergiants, as well as luminous blue variables, Wolf-Rayet stars and supernova remnants. In total, of order 150 objects are observed in imaging and about 50 objects inspectroscopy.This paper describes the target selection and target list, and the observing strategy. Key science projects are described, and illustrated using results obtained during Herschel’s science demonstration phase. Aperture photometry is given for the 70 AGB and post-AGB stars observed up to October 17, 2010, which constitutes the largest single uniform database of far-IR and sub-mm fluxes for late-type stars.

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