Light Echoes of Historic Transients

AAVSO councilor, Doug Welch, co-authors an interesting paper on light echoes of historic transients.

Light echoes, light from a variable source scattered off dust, have been observed for over a century. The recent discovery of light echoes around centuries-old supernovae in the Milky Way and the Large Magellanic Cloud have allowed the spectroscopic characterization of these events, even without contemporaneous photometry and spectroscopy using modern instrumentation. Here we review the recent scientific advances using light echoes of ancient and historic transients, and focus on our latest work on SN 1987A's and Eta Carinae's light echoes.

Authors: A. Rest, B. Sinnott, D. L. Welch, J. L. Prieto, F. Bianco

Read the pre-print from astro-ph

Also see the article in Astrobites discussing the paper