Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser.
Volume 118, Number 3, September 1996
|Page(s)||453 - 459|
|Published online||15 September 1996|
BL Eridani: An unstable W Ursae Majoris system with spotted components
Yunnan Observatory, Academia Sinica, Kunming, China
2 United Laboratory for Optical Astronomy, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
3 Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Send offprint request to: Qingyao Liu
Accepted: 30 January 1996
New complete BV light curves of BL Eri are presented. Light-curve variability and asymmetry are seen in both B and V bands, and the observed times of light minimum indicate period changes. The light curves have been analyzed by using the light-curve-synthesis method. Our photometric solution reveals that BL Eri is a contact binary with a common convective envelope. An examination of the available photometric and spectroscopic data indicates that the light-curve variability may be due to changes of the component radii and the light-curve asymmetry may be consistent with starspot activity on one or both components.
Key words: stars: binaries: close binaries: individual: BL Eri
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