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Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser. 130, 245-250

Four-colour photometry of eclipsing binaries

XXXIX. Light curves of the pre-main sequence triple system TY Coronae Australis[*][*]

L.P.R. Vaz1,3 - J. Andersen2 - B.W. Casey3 - J.V. Clausen2 - R.D. Mathieu3 - I. Heyer4

Send offprint request: L.P.R. Vaz at address 1

1 - Departamento de Física, ICEx, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, C.P. 702, 30.123-970 - Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
2 - Niels Bohr Institute for Astronomy, Physics and Geophysics; Astronomical Observatory, Juliane Maries Vej 30, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
3 - Department of Astronomy, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin 53706, U.S.A.
4 - Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218, U.S.A.

Received July 3; accepted November 28, 1997


Complete uvby light curves of the detached Herbig Be eclipsing binary TY Coronae Australis are presented. A total of 1789 photometric measurements in each of the four colours were obtained in 1989 and in 1992-1994. A detailed analysis of the y light curve obtained in 1992-1993 is published separately (Casey et al. 1997). The reflection nebula around the system contributes about 30% of the light in all four passbands. Here we present and discuss the non-eclipse-related photometric variability of the system. We suggest that these variations are the result of variable obscuration, possibly linked to dust shells physically associated to the system.

Key words: binaries: eclipsing: -- stars: individual: TY$\,$CrA -- stars: pre-main sequence

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