Variable Star Monitoring at Mt. Stony Brook


We just don't do young objects; we'll study anything! We have studied variable objects such as W Ursae Majoris and FK Comae.

W Ursae Majoris:W UMa

The W UMa stars are eclipsing binary stars. The prototype, W UMa, is a contact binary. This means the two stars are so puffed up that the envelopes of the stars are in contact. They basically have a common photosphere. As the stars revolve around each other, one star in blocked from our view by the other. This decreases the amount of light we receive. Click here for a Postscript version of the light curve.

FK Comae

The lightcurves and brief description will be posted later.


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