AAVSO: American Association of Variable Star Observers

Period Changes in Population II Cepheids: TX Del and W Vir

Volume 29 number 1 (2001)

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John R. Percy
Erindale Campus Department of Astronomy University of Toronto Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6 Canada
Jonathan X. Hoss
Erindale Campus Department of Astronomy University of Toronto Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6 Canada

Abstract

We have used the Hipparcos database of epoch photometry to study the variability of two Population II Cepheids: TX Del and W Vir. We have constructed (O-c) diagrams for these stars, using the new data and data from the literature. The period of TX Del is decreasing, at a rate which is consistent with evolutionary predictions. THe periodchange of W Vir is uncertain because of the many recent gaps in the data of this star. We urge AAVSO visual and photoelectric observers to monitor Population II Cepheids more systematically, since many of these stars have unstable periods, and at least one has an unstable amplitude.