Notes to editors
IRC+10216 is the infrared catalogue name of CW Leonis, a red giant star in the constellation of Leo, the lion. Surveys conducted in the 1960s showed it to be the brightest star in the sky at a wavelength of 10 micrometres, roughly 20 times the wavelength of visible light.
Warm water vapour in the sooty outflow from a luminous carbon star by L Decin et al. is published in Nature on September 2, 2010. More information can be found here.
Contact for more information:
ESA Herschel Project Scientist
Tel: +31 71 565 3621
Email: gpilbratt @ rssd.esa.int
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Departement Natuurkunde en Sterrenkunde
E-mail: Leen.Decin @ ster.kuleuven.be