Estimate of EG And eclipse timings

Forums Spectroscopy A couple of symbiotics from earlier in the week Estimate of EG And eclipse timings

Hugh Allen

Thanks David, that’s a very interesting set of data that you have generated on AX Per. It prompted me to think about the timing of the EG And eclipse.

The most recent paper that I could find relating to this was a PhD thesis from 2012 by Joseph Roche at the University of Dublin  Based on the table of observations on page 72, especially the observation at phase 0.497 on 31st July 2003, I estimate that the last AG And eclipse occurred around mid-June this year (using the orbital period of 482.6 days from Fekel et al in 2000 This fits well with Tony’s spectrum on 20th July 2017 where the Hα emission is just beginning to exceed the adjacent continuum peak at about 6534Å, indicating that the white dwarf is beginning to re-emerge from behind the red giant. It also fits well with J Guarro Flo’s series of spectra from 21st Jan – 24th Feb last year 2016 which show the lowest Hα emission relative to the 6534Å continuum occurring somewhere near 30th Jan 2016 (I estimate that the eclipse would have occurred around mid Feb 2016).  The next AG And eclipse should therefore be in early October next year 2018, nicely timed for a regular series of observations at a scociable evening hour in the months surrounding 🙂