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A compact planetary nebula around the hot white dwarf EGB 6/PG 0950 + 139The remarkable central star (0950 + 139), a very hot DA/DAO white dwarf, of the planetary nebula EGB 6 is described. Follow-up observations relevant to the analyses of both the nebula and the stellar photosphere are presented. Three kinds of scenarios are discussed to account for the existence of this peculiar nebula, but none appears very promising. The first consideration is that the nebula was ejected from the white dwarf as a discret event. This hypothesis is heavily constrained by the nebular size, density, and expansion rate; by the low luminosity and radius of the star; and by the absence of evidence for variation in density-sensitive forbidden lines from 1978 to 1987. No plausible mechanism can cause the observed amount of mass to be lost directly from a white dwarf in a steady or sporadic wind, at outflow velocities orders of magnitude below the escape velocity. Final consideration is given to the possibility that the gas is lost from a close companion star, but there is no evidence that this is a close binary system.
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Liebert, James
(Steward Observatory, Tucson, AZ ; Mount Wilson and Las Campanas Observatories, Pasadena CA, United States)
Green, Richard
(Kitt Peak National Observatory Tucson, AZ, United States)
Bond, Howard E.
(Space Telescope Science Institute Baltimore, MD, United States)
Holberg, J. B.
(Mount Wilson and Las Campanas Observatories, Pasadena, CA; Arizona, University Tucson, United States)
Wesemael, F.
(Mount Wilson and Las Campanas Observatories, Pasadena, CA; Montreal, Universite Montreal, Canada)
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August 14, 2013
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November 1, 1989
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Publication: Astrophysical Journal, Part 1
Volume: 346
ISSN: 0004-637X
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