Researcher: Alexander Canner, Alec Neal

Observations suggest that NSVS 1088506 is an eclipsing variable star of W Ursae Majoris type. This star is located at α=17:12:12.11 δ=+68:33:24.1 and has the following alternate stellar designations: GSC 04421-01217, [GGM2006] 1088505, Gaia DR2 1638272737703354624, 2MASS J17111212+6833240, AC2000 2047724  Star field with the target star and comparison stars used in ensemble differential photometry are shown in Figure 1.

We have observed this star with the Ball State University Observatory (BSUO) 20-inch (0.5m) telescope in the Johnson B (B) & V (V), and Cousins R (Rc) bandpasses. All stellar photometry is performed by the AstroImageJ (AIJ) software package. All photometry is performed with similar ensemble stars. If a calibrated magnitude for a comparison star is known, then it is used by AIJ to calibrate the magnitude for the target star. Folded light curves for Johnson V and (B-V) color are shown in Figure 2.

Best fitting Wilson-Devinney (WD) Models

All modeling is performed using the PHysics Of Eclipsing BinariEs (PHOEBE) (v0.31a) software package. PHOEBE is a graphical user interface (gui) to the WD code that is used to model binary stars. Figure 3 shows the best fit WD model with two star spots included. Figure 4 shows a graphical representation of the stellar surface.


Poster presentations and talks given at national, regional and local conferences for NSVS 1088506 are given below.

  1. Mr. Alexander Canner

Contact Information

All members of the Variable Star Research group are enthusiastic researchers with a passion for the work performed by the group. We are always happy to discuss any research projects and are always looking for like-minded and enthusiastic collaborators. For more information regarding any of the aforementioned research activities or the research activities of the Variable Star Research Group, please do not hesitate to contact Robert Berrington.