Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


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Published in The Astrophysical Journal 211: 844-852, 1977. Copyright (c) 1977 The American Astronomical Society. Used by permission.


Close to 1000 photoelectric observations of BH Cen in the yellow, blue, and ultraviolet regions were analyzed. The period found was 0.791616 days. The depths of minima were about equal, and were more than 1 magnitude! A photometric solution was derived with the Wilson and Devinney model. The binary is an overcontact system with primary and secondary masses equal to 10 M?. Based on its membership in IC 2944 and the size of the primary radius, BH Cen may be another example of a zero-age contact system.

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