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Superhumps from IX Dra


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About this observation
Stewart Bean
Time of observation
13/09/2019 - 13:05
IX Dra
Observing location
Somewhere between Earth and Moon
TESS satellite, JD2458740
in a Python environment
2 min cadence, 100 mm obj, 600-1000nm filter.

I have downloaded TESS data from the MAST site ( where most variable stars will have some TESS light curves) and plotted the superoutburst from Sept 2019. TESS stares continuously at a fixed point for about 27 days recording red light from about 20,000 targets. Stars round the ecliptic poles receive almost continuous coverage for a whole 12 months campaign so those in Draconis are well favoured.

The plot shows the first part of a superoutburst  with well defined superhumps. The Y axis is in raw flux and not in magnitude.

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