VV Cephei is an eclipsing binary star system with the second longest known period (7430 days, or 20.4 years). The longest known eclipsing binary star system is Epsilon Aurigae with a period of 9890 days, 27.1 years. Both Epsilon Aurigae and VV Cephei are visually bright (3rd and 5th magnitude respectively) massive binary stars of great interest. The last eclipse of Epsilon Aurigae ended in 2011. VV Cephei is up next with its eclipse beginning in August of 2017. The eclipse lasts nearly two years (~650 days) from 1st to 4th contact. A campaign is planned for the next eclipse of VV Cephei. This paper will provide information on VV Cephei, explain the campaign goals and provide an invitation to observers to do photometry and/or spectroscopy.
Society for Astronomical Sciences Annual Symposium
- Pub Date:
- May 2015