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Photometry for ASASSN-V J060000.76-310027.83 - Alert Notice 691

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Photometry for ASASSN-V J060000.76-310027.83 - Alert Notice 691

AAVSO Alert Notice 691 announces a campaign beginning immediately on the variable star ASASSN-V J060000.76-310027.83. Please see the notice for details and observing instructions.

Many thanks, and Good observing,

Elizabeth O. Waagen, AAVSO HQ

kenworthy
Update on what's happening with J0600 observations

I'm Matthew Kenworthy, an associate professor of astronomy at Leiden Observatory here in the Netherlands. I've been coordinating and collecting the observations of J0600 from the AAVSO together with observations from the Very Large Telescope, LCOGT, the Southern African Large Telescope, and the IRTF in Hawaii. 

Together we're building up a picture with what's happening towards J0600, and the best hypothesis so far is that there is a giant ring system almost 1au in diameter around an unseen secondary companion orbitng around J0600.

The AAVSO measurements are crucial in understanding the substructure in this disk - the variations in a single bandpass tell us about the density and structure of the rings, and the multiple different bands tell us the scattering properties of the intervening dust, basically it allows us to guess what sizes the dust is. If we can see a variation in dust size as a function of distance across the rings, this would be very exciting.

Previous photographic plate data (from the Harvard DASCH archive) suggested another eclipse at least three month's in duration about 82 years ago, so we were expecting the eclipse to have finished now - but it hasn't! The latest observations as the star goes behind our Sun show it is still varying from day to day. 

Following the light curve of the star as it comes back into the twilight sky in August is therefore still critical for constraining the size of this system. If we get a full map of the light curve and can invert it to get the ring structure, this is one of the first times we will have detailed substructure of a circumsecondary/circumplantary disk!

Many thanks to all of you who have contributed observations of this star, and I hope you are willing to pick it back up when it re-emerges back in August! A subset of the data is shown in the plot below:

 

Best wishes and clear skies,

Matt Kenworthy - kenworthy@strw.leidenuniv.nl

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