A new luminous blue variable in M31

Roberta M Humphreys, John C. Martin, Michael S. Gordon

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We report the fifth confirmed Luminous Blue Variable/S Doradus variable in M31. In 2006, J004526.62+415006.3 had the spectrum of hot Fe II emission line star with strong P Cygni profiles in the Balmer lines. In 2010, its absorption line spectrum resembled an early A-type supergiant with H and Fe II emission lines with strong P Cygni profiles, and in 2013, the spectrum had fully transitioned to an F-type supergiant due to the formation of the optically thick, cool wind which characterizes LBVs at maximum light. The photometric record supports the LBV/S Doradus nature of the variability. Its bolometric luminosity of ∼ – 9:65 mag places it on the H–R diagram near the known LBVs, AE And, Var C in M33, and S Dor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-350
Number of pages4
JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Issue number950
StatePublished - 2015

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