We discuss the characteristics of the peculiar variable star SV39 which lies in the field of the Local Group galaxy IC 1613. From the available photometric and spectroscopic data we get the prelimiary conclusion the we are in presence of the apparent blending of a W Vir star belonging to the Halo of our Galaxy and of a long period variable red supergiant belonging to IC1613. If this interpretation is correct, the W Vir star would be the most remote known star in our Galaxy being at a distance of at least 115 kpc.
Memorie della Societa Astronomica Italiana
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- Pulsating Variables;
- Local Group Galaxies;
- Galactic Halo -