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Keywords:

  • circumstellar matter;
  • stars: individual: T Pyx;
  • novae;
  • cataclysmic variables;
  • ISM: general;
  • infrared: stars

ABSTRACT

We present Spitzer Space Telescope and Herschel Space Observatory infrared observations of the recurrent nova T Pyx during its 2011 eruption, complemented by ground-base optical-infrared photometry. We find that the eruption has heated dust in the pre-existing nebulosity associated with T Pyx. This is most likely interstellar dust swept up by T Pyx – either during previous eruptions or by a wind – rather than the accumulation of dust produced during eruptions.