Direct distances to nearby galaxies using detached eclipsing binaries and Cepheids. IX. Variables in the field M31Y discovered with image subtraction Academic Article uri icon


  • The DIRECT Project aims to obtain direct distances to two Local Group galaxies, M31 and M33, which occupy a crucial position near the base of the cosmological distance ladder. The first step is to search for detached eclipsing binaries (DEBs) and Cepheids using 1 m class telescopes to select good candidates, which will be followed up spectroscopically on 6.5-10 m class telescopes. In this ninth paper, we present a catalog of variable stars discovered with image subtraction in field M31Y ( = 10.97, = 41.69; J2000.0). The data were obtained with the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory 1.2 m telescope on 25 nights, over a period of 6 months. In our search covering 22 22, we discovered 41 eclipsing binaries, 126 Cepheids, and 97 other periodic or nonperiodic variables, including a luminous blue variable candidate, a nova, and a Galactic cataclysmic variable. The catalog of variables, as well as their photometry and finding charts, is available electronically via anonymous ftp and the World Wide Web. The complete set of the CCD frames is available upon request.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Bonanos, A. Z., Stanek, K. Z., Sasselov, D. D., Mochejska, B. J., Macri, L. M., & Kaluzny, J.

citation count

  • 49

complete list of authors

  • Bonanos, AZ||Stanek, KZ||Sasselov, DD||Mochejska, BJ||Macri, LM||Kaluzny, J

publication date

  • July 2003