Epsilon Aurigae


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the largest known star

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For more than 175 years, astronomers have known that Epsilon Aurigae - the fifth brightest star in the northern constellation Auriga - is dimmer than it should be.
On January 1, 2010, a giant space object blotted out our view of Epsilon Aurigae, which is about 2,000 light-years from Earth.
Ever since the star's periodic eclipses were first recorded in 1821, astronomers have been puzzling over how Epsilon Aurigae pulls off its lengthy disappearing act.
According to the new model, Epsilon Aurigae is a dying star being orbited by another star, and that stellar dance partner is cloaked in a wide disk of dark dust.
Epsilon Aurigae is unusual, though, because it has the longest lasting known eclipse.
The 18-month eclipse started last August, but it took the disk until now to fully obscure Epsilon Aurigae.
The fascination with epsilon Aurigae stems from not only the length of the eclipse, but also the strange increase in brightness of the system mid eclipse.
Even with the concerted effort of the early 1980's the behavior of epsilon Aurigae remains mysterious.
Epsilon Aurigae's latest eclipse occurred between 1982 and 1984, and a special North American Workshop on the Recent Eclipse of Epsilon Aurigae was held in Tucson, Ariz.
Hopkins did more than 1,000 measurements of the brightness of Epsilon Aurigae himself and coordinated more than 2,000 by 29 observers from nine countries.
The models for Epsilon Aurigae proposed by different observers differ in detail, but all tend to agree on the sliding brick model: The eclipsing body is more than a secondary star; it must somehow include at least one oblong cloud of obscuring matter.
Auriga is high in the sky in December, and whilst viewing Epsilon Aurigae it will be worth checking out some of the other sights of the constellation.
You'll also read elsewhere in this Journal a note by Des Loughney, the VSS Eclipsing Binary Secretary, about the impending eclipse of epsilon Aurigae.
The international variable star community has been waiting expectantly for the eclipse of the Epsilon Aurigae system.
August 6 sees the predicted start of the eclipse of Epsilon Aurigae (see also p.