Variations of the amplitudes of oscillation of the Be star Achernar

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ABSTRACT We report on finding variations in amplitude of the two main oscillation frequencies found in the Be star Achernar, over a period of 5 yr. They were uncovered by analysing photometric data of the star from the Solar Mass Ejection Imager (SMEI) instrument. The two frequencies observed, 0.775 and 0.725 d-1, were analysed in detail and their amplitudes were found to increase and decrease significantly over the 5-yr period, with the amplitude of the 0.725 d-1 frequency changing by up to a factor of 8. The nature of this event has yet to be properly understood, but the possibility of it being due to the effects of a stellar outburst or a stellar cycle are discussed.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-166
Number of pages5
JournalRoyal Astronomical Society. Monthly Notices
Issue number1
Early online date28 Oct 2010
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2011


  • techniques: photometric, stars: oscillations, Be, asteroseismology, stars: activity, stars: individual: Achernar, stars: emission-line