Query : 2015A&A...577A..73P

2015A&A...577A..73P - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 577A, 73-73 (2015/5-1)

Another deep dimming of the classical T Tauri star RW Aurigae A.


Abstract (from CDS):

RW Aur A is a classical T Tauri star (CTTS) with an unusually rich emission line spectrum. In 2014 the star faded by ∼3mag in the V band and went into a long-lasting minimum. In 2010 the star underwent a similar fading, although less pronounced. These events in RW Aur A are very unusual among the CTTS, and have been attributed to occultations by passing dust clouds. We want to find out if any spectral changes took place after the last fading of RW Aur A with the intention of gathering more information on the occulting body and the cause of the phenomenon. We collected spectra of the two components of RW Aur. The photometry was performed before and during the minimum. The overall spectral signatures reflecting emission from accretion flows from disk to star did not change after the fading. However, blue-shifted absorption components related to the stellar wind increased in strength in certain resonance lines, and the profiles and strengths but not the fluxes of forbidden lines became drastically different. The extinction through the obscuring cloud is grey indicating the presence of large dust grains. At the same time, there are no traces of related absorbing gas. The cloud occults the star and the interior part of the stellar wind, but not the wind or jet further out. The dimming in 2014 was not accompanied by changes in the accretion flows at the stellar surface. There is evidence that the structure and velocity pattern of the stellar wind did change significantly. The dimmings could be related to passing condensations in a tidally disrupted disk, as proposed earlier, but we also speculate that large dust grains have been stirred up from the inclined disk into the line of sight through the interaction with an enhanced wind.

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Journal keyword(s): stars: pre-main sequence - stars: variables: T Tauri, Herbig Ae/Be - circumstellar matter - stars: individual: RW Aur

Simbad objects: 4

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Number of rows : 4
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
ICRS (J2000)
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2024
1 HD 19445 PM* 03 08 25.5883873084 +26 19 51.400965175 8.29 8.52 8.06 7.60 7.27 G2VFe-3 771 0
2 V* AA Tau Or* 04 34 55.4201902392 +24 28 53.033624580 13.14 13.34 12.20 12.03   K5Ve 724 0
3 V* RW Aur TT* 05 07 49.5662483 +30 24 05.177426   10.86 9.60 9.95   K1/5e+K5e 781 0
4 V* V582 Mon TT* 06 41 10.3403165544 +09 28 33.487425336   17.404   17.21 16.45 K5e 192 0

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