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A&A Supplement series, Vol. 128, February II 1998, 117-129

Received May 28; accepted June 17, 1997

Hipparcos photometry of 24 variable massive stars (tex2html_wrap_inline1812 Cygni variables)

F. van Leeuwentex2html_wrap1840, A.M. van Genderentex2html_wrap1842, and I. Zegelaartex2html_wrap1842

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tex2html_wrap1846  Royal Greenwich Observatory, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0EZ, UK
tex2html_wrap1848  Leiden Observatory, Postbus 9513, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands


The photometric variability of 24 tex2html_wrap_inline1812 Cyg variables, i.e. variable super-and hypergiants, observed by the Hipparcos satellite is described. Three of the selected stars are situated in the SMC, 12 in the LMC and the remaining 9 in the Galactic plane. Four of them are hot S Dor-type variables, or LBVs (luminous blue variables) and two are possible members of this class. Light curves are presented for all stars. For five stars, among which one LBV, the variability was discovered from the Hipparcos photometric data. Results of period searches are presented and, when relevant, folded light curves are shown. The linear ephemeris of two variables was revised.

For most of the program stars the Hipparcos magnitude scale (Hp) differs from the V of the UBV system by tex2html_wrap_inline1824. For all variables temperatures and tex2html_wrap_inline1826 are given. Galactic foreground reddening for the objects in the Magellanic Clouds are given based on IRAS maps.

keywords: stars: variables -- stars: supergiants -- techniques: photometric -- magellanic clouds

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