Pulsation and orbit of AU Pegasi

M. Jurkovic, L. Szabados, J. Vinkó, B. Csák

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AU Pegasi is a pulsating star in a spectroscopic binary system with an orbital period of 53.26 days. Between 1960 and 1990 an extremely rapid period increase was observed in the value of the pulsation period, but in the last 15 years the observation show that the period set in 2.411 days. Fourier analysis of photometric data obtained during the ASAS project and those taken at the Piszkéstetõ Mountain Station of the Konkoly Observatory during 1994-2005 indicate that AU Pegasi is pulsating in two modes simultaneously, and the ratio of the frequencies of the two modes is 0.706, a value common for double-mode classical Cepheids. A careful analysis of other photometric observations obtained during the era of the strong period increase also revealed existence of a second mode. This may suggest that this star is not a Type II Cepheid, despite its galactic position.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)837-840
Number of pages4
JournalAstronomische Nachrichten
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2007



  • Binaries: spectroscopic
  • Cepheids
  • Stars: individual (AU Peg)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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