Binary Variable Star Algol

Mayer-Gawlik, Shane (2009) Binary Variable Star Algol. [Abstract]

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The binary star Algol is one of the most famous eclipsing binary stars in our night sky. Algol is useful because of its clockwork dimming every 2.87 days. This creates a frequent opportunity collect data using UBVRI filters during the primary eclipse, secondary eclipse, and non-eclipsing phases. Using the blackbody formula, a theoretical model of the number of counts for each filter and phase was created. When compared with the observed number of counts for each phase, I was able to calculate a unique temperature and radius for the two stars.

Item Type: Abstract
Created by Student or Faculty: Student
Additional Information: 4th Annual Natural & Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium Program
Uncontrolled Keywords: Binary star, Algol, Astronomy -- Research, Research, Eclipsing Binaries, Stars, Astronomy
Subjects: School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Engineering
NBS Symposium
School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Alejandro Marquez
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2013 14:14
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2013 14:14

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