The discovery of a rare WO-type Wolf-Rayet star in the Large Magellanic Cloud.
NEUGENT K.F., MASSEY P. and MORRELL N.
Abstract (from CDS):
While observing OB stars within the most crowded regions of the Large Magellanic Cloud, we happened upon a new Wolf-Rayet (WR) star in Lucke-Hodge 41, the rich OB association that contains S Doradus and numerous other massive stars. At first glance the spectrum resembled that of a WC4 star, but closer examination showed strong O VI λλ3811, 34 lines, leading us to classify it as a WO4. This is only the second known WO in the LMC, and the first known WO4 (the other being a WO3). This rarity is to be expected due to these stars' short lifespans as they represent the most advanced evolutionary stage in a massive star's lifetime before exploding as supernovae. This discovery shows that while the majority of WRs within the LMC have been discovered, there may be a few WRs left to be found.
galaxies: individual: LMC - galaxies: stellar content - Local Group - stars: evolution - stars: Wolf-Rayet - supergiants