AAS 202nd Meeting, May 2003
Session 39 Variable Stars
Poster, Wednesday, May 28, 2003, 10:00am-6:45pm, West Exhibit Hall

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[39.11] The Be Star HD 6226

M. W. Castelaz (Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute), B. McCollum (SIRTF Science Center, Caltech)

The 6th-magnitude B2IV-V star HD 6226 was discovered a few years ago on the basis of Hipparcos photometry to be variable, and possibly periodic, by Bozic and Harmanec (1998). Bozic and Harmanec suggested that HD 6226 could be a previously unrecognized Be star based on some episodes of brightening which were accompanied by reddenings in B-V and blueings in U-B. McCollum, Castelaz, and Caton (2000) first reported detection of H-alpha emission from HD 6226, and confirmed that it is a previously unknown Be star.

We have obtained high-resolution (R=19,000) spectra from 3600A to 9000A of HD 6226 over a five-month period in 2002 and 2003 using the Palomar 1.5-m telescope with the Echelle spectrograph. We report the discovery of variability of H-alpha emission in HD 6226, and discuss the first spectroscopic study and monitoring of this object. We compare the time behavior of H-alpha emission with possible periods suggested by Bozic and Harmanec.

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