Evidence for an Overluminosity of the Variable Star RR Lyrae, and a Revised Distance to the LMC
Abstract
We use theoretical models to establish a tight relationship for the absolute magnitudes of RR Lyrae stars as a function of their periods and Strömgren pseudocolor c_{0} ≡ (u  v)_{0}(v  b)_{0}. Applying this to RR Lyr, and comparing the result with the predicted average absolute magnitude for stars of similar metallicity from the same models, yields an overluminosity of 0.064 ± 0.013 mag in Strömgren y (and thus similarly in V) for RR Lyr. Based on a revised value for RR Lyr's trigonometric parallax, and on a newly derived reddening value of E(B  V) = 0.015 ± 0.020, we provide a corrected relationship between average absolute magnitude and metallicity for RR Lyrae stars that takes RR Lyr's evolutionary status fully into account for the first time. Applying this relationship to the LMC, we derive a revised true distance modulus of (m  M)_{0} = 18.44 ± 0.11.
 Publication:

The Astrophysical Journal
 Pub Date:
 April 2008
 DOI:
 10.1086/587515
 arXiv:
 arXiv:0802.2063
 Bibcode:
 2008ApJ...676L.135C
 Keywords:

 distance scale;
 stars: distances;
 stars: horizontalbranch;
 stars: variables: other;
 Astrophysics
 EPrint:
 4 pages, 4 figures (emulateapj format). ApJ (Letters), in press