Back to Volume
Paper: The Enigmatic Eta Carinae: Current Status
Volume: 388, Mass Loss from Stars and the Evolution of Stellar Clusters
Page: 119
Authors: Hillier, D.J.
Abstract: Eta Carinae is one of the most famous Luminous Blue Variables but also one of the least understood. Our understanding of η Carinae is severely hindered by the dense wind of the primary star, the influence of a binary companion, the complex circumstellar environment, the asymmetric nature of the mass loss, and the presence of an “intrinsic” coronagraph which biases our view of Eta Carinae. With the advent of extensive new Hubble Space Telescope data, X-ray data, and ground-based spectroscopic and interferometric observations of Eta Carinae, there has been a dramatic increase in observational material which can be used to place constraints on Eta Carinae and its Homunculus. We summarize recent results, and highlight how recent data is providing new insight into the nature of Eta Carinae.
Back to Volume