EPJ Web of Conferences (Jan 2017)

Little Bear’s pulsating stars: Variable star census of UMi dSph Galaxy

  • Kinemuchi K.,
  • Jeffery E.,
  • Kuehn C.,
  • Grabowski K.,
  • Nemec J.

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 152
p. 01016


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Recent observations and a photometric search for variable stars in the Ursa Minor dwarf spheroidal galaxy (UMi dSph) are presented. Our observations were taken at Apache Point Observatory in 2014 and 2016 using the 0.5m ARCSAT telescope and the West Mountain Observatory (WMO) 0.9m telescope of Brigham Young University in 2016. Previously known RR Lyrae stars in our field of view of the UMi dSph are identified, and we also catalog new variable star candidates. Tentative classifications are given for some of the new variable stars. We have conducted period searches with the data collected with the WMO telescope. Our ultimate goal is to create an updated catalog of variable stars in the UMi dSph and to compare the RR Lyrae stellar characteristics to other RR Lyrae stars found in the Local Group dSph galaxies.