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2006ApJ...646L.151N - Astrophys. J., 646, L151-L154 (2006/August-1)

The recurrent eclipse of an unusual pre-main-sequence star in IC 348.


Abstract (from CDS):

The recurrence of a previously documented eclipse of a solar-like pre-main-sequence star in the young cluster IC 348 has been observed. The recurrence interval is 4.7±0.1 yr, and portions of 4 cycles have now been seen. The duration of each eclipse is at least 3.5 yr, or ∼75% of a cycle, verifying that this is not an eclipse by a stellar companion. The light curve is generally symmetric and approximately flat-bottomed. Brightness at maximum and minimum have been rather stable over the years, but the light curve is not perfectly repetitive or smooth, and small variations exist at all phases. We confirm that the star is redder when fainter. Models are discussed, and it is proposed that this could be a system similar to KH 15D in NGC 2264. Specifically, it may be an eccentric binary in which a portion of the orbit of one member is currently occulted during some binary phases by a circumbinary disk. The star deserves sustained observational attention for what it may reveal about the circumstellar environment of low-mass stars of planet-forming age.

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Journal keyword(s): Stars: Binaries: Eclipsing - Galaxy: Open Clusters and Associations: Individual: Alphanumeric: IC 348 - Stars: Pre-Main-Sequence

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