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Volume 374, Number 3, August II 2001
Page(s) 1049 - 1055
Section Formation, structure and evolution of stars
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20010804

A&A 374, 1049-1055 (2001)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20010804

Study of FK Comae Berenices

III. Photometry for the years 1993-2001
H. Korhonen1, S. V. Berdyugina1, I. Tuominen1, M. I. Andersen1, J. Piironen2, K. G. Strassmeier3, K. N. Grankin4, S. Kaasalainen2, H. Karttunen5, S. Yu. Mel'nikov4, V. S. Shevchenko4, M. Trisoglio6 and J. Virtanen2

1  Astronomy Division, PO Box 3000, 90014 University of Oulu, Finland
2  Observatory, PO Box 14, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland
3  Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam, An der Sternwarte 16, 14482 Potsdam, Germany
4  Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan, Astronomicheskaya 33, Tashkent 700052, Uzbekistan
5  Tuorla Observatory, University of Turku, Väisäläntie 20, 21500 Piikkiö, Finland
6  Dipartemento di Fisica, Universita degli Studi di Padova, Via 8 Febbraio, 2, 35122 Padova, Italy

(Received 5 March 2001 / Accepted 30 May 2001 )

We present 8 years of previously unpublished photometric observations of FK Com together with the determination of the stability of the primary comparison star HD 117567. The observations have been carried out between 1993 and 2001 at four different observatories and they consist of 5157 data points in total: U(903), B(994), V(1643), R(166), $I_{\rm c}$(573), b(461) and y(417). We also analyse this new data together with the previously published photometric observations. The V magnitude shows variations with dominant periods of about 3, 6, 12, 14 and 31 years. The short-term light curve variations appear to be caused by rearrangement of approximately constant amount of cool spots. From the values for different colours obtained during the brightest season observed, corresponding to the supposedly unspotted surface, the spectral type of FK Com is determined to be G7 III.

Key words: stars: individual: FK Com -- stars: individual: HD 117567 -- stars: starspots -- stars: variables: general

Offprint request: H. Korhonen, heidi.korhonen@oulu.fi

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