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Astron. Astrophys. 346, L33-L35 (1999)

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Letter to the Editor

On the recent brightening of [FORMULA] Carinae *

C. Sterken  **  1, L. Freyhammer 1,2, T. Arentoft 1 and A.M. van Genderen 3

1 University of Brussels (VUB), Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium
2 Nordic Optical Telescope, Apartado 474, E-38700 Santa Cruz de La Palma, Spain
3 Leiden Observatory, Postbus 9513, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands

Received 30 April 1999 / Accepted 10 May 1999


We report and discuss the steady brightening of [FORMULA] Carinae, and conclude that this brightening is not an eruption, but an expected LBV S-Doradus phase which, typically, displays intense brightening coupled to strong reddening when the star moves redwards in the H-R diagram. The brightness gradient amounts to -0:m 15 y-1over the last two years.

Key words: techniques: photometric – stars: variables: general – stars: supergiants – stars: oscillations – stars: individual: j Carinae

* Based on observations obtained at the European Southern Observatory at La Silla, Chile (Applications 60D-0148 and 62H-0110)
** Belgian Fund for Scientific Research (FWO)

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Online publication: May 21, 1999