CBA Center for Backyard Astrophysics

V471 Tauri, Ballerina of the Hyades

David Skillman and Joseph Patterson

Astronomical Journal

September 1988, Volume 96, Page 976

Orbital light curves for V471 Tauri, the red dwarf-white dwarf binary in the Hyades, were obtained for the 1980-1983 observing seasons based on photometric and spectroscopic data. The results reveal the effects of tidal distortion of the secondary and a slow, transient wave which may originate from darker areas on the star's surface. A consistent ephemeris is derived. A Ca II line emission similar to that of rapidly rotating late-type stars and an additional component arising from the stellar region bathed in the white dwarf's UV-radiation field are found. An overall orbital-period decrease is noted which may be due to the strong braking of the K star's rotation by its own stellar wind, coupled with the enforcement of synchronous rotation by the tidal interaction with the white dwarf.



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