We present photometric and spectroscopic data on the early-type binary MP Centauri. The photometric data are analysed simultaneously with radial velocities to derive preliminary absolute dimensions for the binary components. Analysis of the spectra shows that the stars rotate synchronously and that the line of sight to the system crosses two kinematically sharp and well-separated interstellar reddening sources. It is shown that MP Cen consists of a B3 primary with M1 = 11.4 ± 0.4M⊙, R1 = 7.7 ± 0.1 R⊙ and a lobe-filling B6-B7 secondary with M2 = 4.4 ± 0.2 M⊙, R2 = 6.6 ± 0.1 R⊙.
Physics, Astronomy, and Materials Science
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Binaries: eclipsing, Binaries: spectroscopic, Stars: early-type, Stars: evolution, Stars: individual: MP Cen
Terrell, Dirk, Ulisse Munari, Tomaž Zwitter, and George Wolf. "Observational studies of early-type binary stars: MP Centauri." Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 360, no. 2 (2005): 583-586.
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