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Changes in the Radio Appearance of MWC 349A

Luis F. Rodriguez, Yolanda Gomez, Daniel Tafoya
2007 Astrophysical Journal  
We present new sensitive, high angular resolution 1.3, 2, and 6 cm observations of the continuum emission from the peculiar emission-line star MWC 349A, made with the Very Large Array. This radio emission is believed to originate in an ionized flow produced by the photoevaporation of a disk that surrounds the star. We determine for the first time the proper motion of this source, which is consistent with that expected for the location of the source in the galaxy. Our analysis of the images,
more » ... of the images, that include the new observations as well as archive data covering a time interval of more than 20 years, indicates that the appearance of MWC 349A has been systematically changing over time. The well-defined "hourglass" shape that characterized the 2 and 1.3 cm appearance of the source in the early 1980's has disappeared to be replaced by a more "square" shape. We discuss if these changes can be accounted for by precession of the MWC 349A disk or by intrinsic changes in the parameters of the disk, but could not reach a satisfactory explanation.
doi:10.1086/518472 fatcat:h3wymzpjuzasfb62bhqy5vljdq