WDS 20420+2452

Double Star System

In the fall of 2017, the Southern Utah University Research Team used the Great Basin Observatory to observe a triple star system. From these observations, SUU students were able to make a profound assertion. By noting the emergence of a small trend in the data taken from the GBO and historic observations, students suggested the three star system actually only appears to be a two star system. Students suggested a gravitational relationship exist between only two of the stars.

The Double Star Research Team consisted of Dallas Anselmo, Alan Nelson, Kevin Andrews, Ethan Brown, Bryan May, with faculty advisors Rhett Zollinger and Cameron Pace. Their paper "CCD Measurements of AB and AC Components of WDS 20420+2452" was published in the Journal of Double Star Observations in July 2018. Read the published paper in the Journal of Double Star Observations.

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