AAS 203rd Meeting, January 2004
Session 83 Stars Variable in Light
Poster, Wednesday, January 7, 2004, 9:20am-6:30pm, Grand Hall

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[83.14] APT Observations of the Slowly Pulsating B Star HD 21071

J. E. Andrews, R. J. Dukes, L. R. Mills (Coll. Charleston)

We present an analysis of 4 seasons of APT data on the slowly pulsating B star HD21071. This star was found to be a variable with a period of 0.84 days by Waelkens. et. al. (1998, A&A, 330, 215) through an analysis of Hipparcos photometry. Earlier (Mills, L., et. al. 1999, BAAS, 31, 1482) reported on an analysis of the Hipparcos data combined with a partial season of APT data. This earlier paper confirmed the 0.84 day term and tentatively found a second term. Based on our additional data we confirm the second term of 0.870 days (1,149 c/d). We find that the amplitudes of these two terms have been nearly stable over the 4 seasons except for a slight increase in the amplitude of the 0.870 day term. There are suggestions of additional periodicities but to date we are unable to confirm these. Observations during the current season seem to show a greater scatter than previous seasons. At the time of this writing it is not possible to tell if this represents a real change in the star or possible instrumental effects. We will include observations from Fall 2003 in this paper.

This research has made use of the SIMBAD database, operated at CDS, Strasbourg, France and has been funded by NSF Grants #AST95-28906, and #AST-0071260 to the College of Charleston.

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