Journal of Astrophysics and Astronomy

, Volume 26, Issue 4, pp 395–420 | Cite as

An analysis of spectra in the Red Rectangle nebula

  • Frédéric Zagury


This paper presents an analysis of a series of spectra in the Red Rectangle nebula. Only the reddest part of the spectra can safely be attributed to light from the nebula, and indicates Rayleigh scattering by the gas, in conformity with the large angles of scattering involved and the proximity of the star. In the blue, light from HD 44179, refracted or scattered in the atmosphere, dominates the spectra. This paper questions the reliability of ground-based broad-band spectra of extended objects in the blue.

Key words

Atmospheric effects planetary nebulae: general planetary nebulae: individual (HD 44179) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frédéric Zagury
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  1. 1.Institut Louis de BroglieParisFrance

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