Journal article

A variable asymmetry in the circumstellar disk of HH 30

KR Stapelfeldt, AM Watson, JE Krist, CJ Burrows, D Crisp, GE Ballester, JT Clarke, RW Evans, JS Gallagher, RE Griffiths, JJ Hester, JG Hoessel, JA Holtzman, JR Mould, PA Scowen, JT Trauger

Astrophysical Journal | Published : 1999

Abstract

We report Hubble Space Telescope observations of variability within the reflection nebulosity of HH 30, a compact bipolar nebula that is a nearly edge-on accretion disk system. A dramatic lateral asymmetry appeared in the upper reflection nebula in the spring of 1998, but was largely absent in 1994 and 1995 images. The variability timescale is much shorter than disk dynamical timescales at the projected radius of the asymmetry, which indicates that its origin is a variable illumination pattern projected onto the outer disk by changes in the inner disk or the central star. Orbital motion of coherent clumps or voids in the inner disk at radii of a few AU might produce such an effect. Another p..

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