TheUBV light curves obtained by Duerbeck (1975) andHa (wide) and Ha (narrow) light curves obtained by Chambliss & Davan (1987) of the detached eclipsing binary VV Orionis (VV Ori) were analysed using the Wilson-Devinney method fixing the two parametersTh (25,000 K) and q(0.4172), resulting in the following absolute elements:A = 13.605 ± 0.03 LR⊙,Rh = 5.03 ±0.03R⊙, Rc = 2.43 ±0.02R⊙,Mbol,h = -5.18 ± 0.11,Mbol,c = -1.54 ± 0.06,mh =10.81 + 0.42m⊙ andmc = 4.51 ± 0.41m⊙. The de-reddened colours obtained from applying the reddening corrections ofE(B-V) = 0m.05 andE(U-B) = Om.04, and the derived temperatures of the components, gave spectral types ofB 1.5V for the primary and 54-5V with anUV excess of 0m·3 for the secondary component. A comparison of the logL and logTe of the components with the observed ZAMS shows the primary component to be a little above and the secondary component to be a little below/or on the ZAMS. A comparison of the properties of the components of VV Ori and a few other detached systems with the normal stars in the logL, logR and logTe versus logm planes, indicated a need for either a readjustment of the scales of the above parameters or modifications in the theoretical models. From the position of the components on the evolutionary tracks of Pop I composition computed by Schaller et al. (1992) it is noticed that while the primary component of W Ori had slightly evolved along the main-sequence, its secondary is still unevolved. The age of VV Ori is found to be 10 ± 1 million years and it is at a distance of 368 ± 10 pc.
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