Dusty Giants going SAFARI
University of Vienna, Department of Astronomy, Türkenschanzstraße 17, A-1180 Wien, Austria
With its high sensitivity and strongly reduced background, Safari-Spica allows for unprecedented studies of the mass loss processes in evolved stars, both from the compositional (mineralogical) and from the geometrical point of view. Apart from detailed galactic studies, for the ﬁrst time also statistically meaningful samples of objects at diﬀerent evolutionary phases in the Local Group galaxies with their wide spread of star formation histories as well as metallicities will be within reach.
Key words: Stars: AGB and post-AGB / Stars: mass-loss / Galaxies: Local Group / Infrared: stars / Missions: SPICA
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