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Observation of Circumstellar Environments with the Hubble Space Telescope

  • F. Paresce
Conference paper
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 186)

Abstract

Despite serious degradation in the optical of the primary mirror due to spherical aberration, the Hubble Space Telescope has been observing a number of objects known or suspected to exhibit circumstellar jets and/or bipolar outflows in its first year and a half of operation since launch. These sources include Herbig-Haro objects, symbiotic novae, cataclysmic variables, supernovae, luminous blues variables, and proto-planetary nebulae in various stages of evolution. In this paper, I briefly discuss how spherical aberration has affected the ability of HST to carry out research in this particular field and discuss in more detail recent observations of 3 of these objects (Eta Carinae, SN 1987A, and R Aquarii) to illustrate its capabilities and limitations.

Keywords

Point Spread Function Hubble Space Telescope Spherical Aberration Primary Mirror Cataclysmic Variable 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Paresce
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  1. 1.Space Telescope Science InstituteBaltimoreUSA

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