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A search for new variable stars using digitized Moscow collection plates

By SpaceRef Editor
March 24, 2014
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Kirill Sokolovsky, Sergei Antipin, Daria Kolesnikova, Alexandr Lebedev, Nikolai Samus, Lyudmila Sat, Alexandra Zubareva

(Submitted on 21 Mar 2014)

By digitizing astronomical photographic plates one may extract full information stored on them, something that could not be practically achieved with classical analogue methods. We are developing algorithms for variable objects search using digitized photographic images and apply them to 30cm (10×10 deg. field of view) plates obtained with the 40cm astrograph in 1940-90s and digitized with a flatbed scanner. Having more than 100 such plates per field, we conduct a census of high-amplitude (>0.3m) variable stars changing their brightness in the range 13<m<17 on timescales from hours to years in selected sky regions. This effort led to discovery of ~1000 new variable stars. We estimate that 1.2 +/- 0.1% of all stars show easily-detectable light variations; 0.7 +/- 0.1% of the stars are eclipsing binaries (64 +/- 4% of them are EA type, 22 +/- 2% are EW type and 14 +/- 2% are EB type); 0.3 +/- 0.1% of the stars are red variable giants and supergiants of M, SR and L types.

Comments:4 pages, 5 figures, in proceedings of the AstroPlate workshop, Prague, Villa Lanna, March 18-21, 2014

Subjects:Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR); Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM)

Cite as:arXiv:1403.5334 [astro-ph.SR]  (or arXiv:1403.5334v1 [astro-ph.SR] for this version)

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From: Kirill Sokolovsky [view email] 

[v1] Fri, 21 Mar 2014 00:58:58 GMT (82kb)


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