Ref: ASTROimport-338

CK Vul: evolving nebula and three curious background stars

Hajduk, M. ; van Hoof, P. A. M. ; Zijlstra, A. A.

published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 432, pp. 167-175 (2013)

Abstract: We analyse the remnants of CK Vul (Nova Vul 1670) using optical imaging and spectroscopy. The imaging, obtained between 1991 and 2010, spans 5.6 per cent of the lifetime of the nebula. The flux of the nebula decreased during the last two decades. The central source still maintains the ionization of the innermost part of the nebula, but recombination proceeds in more distant parts of the nebula. Surprisingly, we discovered two stars located within 10 arcsec of the expansion centre of the radio emission that are characterized by pronounced long-term variations and one star with high proper motion. The high proper motion star is a foreground object, and the two variable stars are background objects. The photometric variations of two variables are induced by a dusty cloud ejected by CK Vul and passing through the line of sight to those stars. The cloud leaves strong lithium absorption in the spectra of the stars. We discuss the nature of the object in terms of recent observations.

DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stt426
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