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    • Spectroscopic observations of SN1987a in the LMC

      J. B. Hearnshaw V. J. McIntyre A. C. Gilmore

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      This paper describes the results of optical spectroscopy of SN1987a carried out at Mt John University Observatory on a regular basis since 1987 February 25. Typical spectra are presented in an evolutionary sequence, and velocities of Balmer and selected metallic lines are measured in either emission or absorption. The velocities are interpreted together with the results of photoelectric photometry. The Barnes-Evans relationship has been applied to the photometry to give an angular diameter of the photosphere. The expansion velocity of the photosphere is initially about 3700 km s-1 which is similar to the asymptotic value from weaker absorption lines such as the MgIb line. After 40 days the photosphere appears to expand more slowly and it reaches a maximum size of about 145 A.U. after about 100 days before receding inwards. The photometry and spectroscopy together result in a distance modulus of 18.3 ± 0.2.

    • CF octantis, an RS CVn-type variable with a prominent activity cycle

      K. R. Pollard J. B. Hearnshaw A. C. Gilmore P. M. Kilmartin

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      Photoelectric photometry has been obtained for CF Octantis on 39 nights. The object is a member of the RS CVn class and has a highly active chromosphere. A 20.15 ±0.06 d period has been found from theB andV magnitudes, which is interpreted as the rotational modulation of the light from a non-uniformly spotted star. The amplitude of this spot wave is observed to vary slowly between ΔV about 0m.l and 0m.3, which may be evidence for an activity cycle of 9 ±3 years.

    • An atlas of the optical spectrum of supernova 1987A in the large magellanic cloud

      V. J. Mclntyre A. C. Gilmore J. B. Hearnshaw

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      Photographic spectra of SN1987A in the LMC have been obtained from 1987 February 25 to 1988 June 30. Microdensitometer tracings of these have been reduced to intensity and corrections for instrumental response have been applied to the spectra. This paper presents these data in an atlas format, discusses the reduction procedures in detail, and presents radial velocity measurements of selected lines in the spectra

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