AAS 205th Meeting, 9-13 January 2005
Session 18 Eclipsing Binaries and Contact Binaries
Poster, Monday, January 10, 2005, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall

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[18.07] Eclipsing Binaries in the Young LMC Globular-Like Cluster NGC 1850

S. F. Taylor (Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy (CHARA), Georgia State University)

I present light curves for two detached eclipsing binary stars in the region of the LMC cluster NGC 1850, which may be a young globular cluster. One, a likely spectral type O star, is a newly detected eclipsing binary in the region of the very young subcluster NGC 1850A. This binary is among a small number of highly massive O-type stars in binary systems found in LMC clusters. These two eclipsing binaries are the first discovered in the well studied NGC 1850, and the O-type star is the first eclisping binary found in NGC 1850A. Light curves for two NGC 1850 region Cepheid variables are also shown. Discovering two eclipsing binaries in the young globlular-like cluster NGC 1850 is discussed in terms of the importance of the binary fraction to globular cluster evolution.

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