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2003A&A...398..277S - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 398, 277-282 (2003/1-4)

The He-shell flash in action: T Ursae Minoris revisited.


Abstract (from CDS):

We present an updated and improved description of the light curve behaviour of T Ursae Minoris, which is a Mira star with the strongest period change (the present rate is an amazing -3.8±0.4 days/year corresponding to a relative decrease of about 1% per cycle). Ninety years of visual data were collected from all available databases and the resulting, almost uninterrupted light curve was analysed with the O-C diagram, Fourier analysis and various time-frequency methods. The Choi-Williams and Zhao-Atlas-Marks distributions gave the clearest image of frequency and light curve shape variations. A decrease of the intensity average of the light curve was also found, which is in accordance with a period-luminosity relation for Mira stars. We predict the star will finish its period decrease in the meaningfully near future (c.c. 5 to 30 years) and strongly suggest to closely follow the star's variations (photometric, as well as spectroscopic) during this period.

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Journal keyword(s): stars: variables: general - stars: oscillations - stars: AGB and post-AGB - stars: individual: T UMi

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