Light echoes

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The first light echo - scattered light from a stellar outburst arriving at the Earth months or years after the direct light from the event - was detected more than 100 years ago, around Nova Persei 1901. Renewed interest in light echoes has come from the spectacular echo around V838 Monocerotis, and from discoveries of light echoes from historical and prehistorical supernovæ in the Milky Way and Large Magellanic Cloud as well as from the 19 th-century Great Eruption of η Carinae. A related technique is reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei. This report of a workshop on Light Echoes gives an introduction to light echoes, and summarizes presentations on discoveries of light echoes from historical and prehistorical events, light and shadow echoes around R CrB stars, and reverberation mapping. © 2012 International Astronomical Union.

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Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union

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