Title

RW per: Nodal motion changes its amplitude by 1.4 mag

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-1991

Abstract

RW Per was found to have large secular changes in its eclipse amplitude. In blue light for example, the amplitude was 3.2 mag in the early 1900's, 2.2 mag in the late 1960's, and 1.75 mag in 1990. Through-out this time, the brightness at maximum was constant in all colors. We show that the only possible explanation is nodal motion, where the inclination varies with a period of roughly 105 yr. The nodal motion is caused by a third star, for which the light curve, the colors, and the O - C curve already provides evidence. Thus, RW Per is only the fourth known star with large changes of eclipse amplitude and is only the second example of nodal motion.

Publication Source (Journal or Book title)

Astronomical Journal

First Page

208

Last Page

213

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