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Keywords:

  • binaries: eclipsing;
  • RR Lyrae stars;
  • stars: fundamental parameters

Abstract

We review the classification of the variable star SW Equulei, formerly classified as a close binary of the W UMa type with a period of 0.83632 d and components of spectral types O–A or F–G and later. New observations indicate that the light curve is not that of an eclipsing binary but of a pulsating star with a period half of the old value. Further examination shows that SW Equulei is a double mode star of the RRd Lyrae type with a fundamental period of P = 0.560727 d and an overtone of P = 0.4181777 d at a distance of ≈ 7.1 kpc. (© 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)