Identification of strong photometric activity in the components of LHS 1070
Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais/MCT,
Avenida dos Astronautas 1758,
São José dos Campos, SP, 12227-010, Brazil
Received: 8 February 2010
Accepted: 1 October 2010
Context. Activity in low-mass stars is an important ingredient in their evolution. Fundamental physical properties such as age, rotation, and magnetic field are correlated with activity.
Aims. We show that two components of the low-mass triple system LHS 1070 exhibit strong flaring activity. We identify the flaring components and obtained an improved astrometric solution for the LHS 1070 /(ℬ +) system.
Methods. Time-series CCD observations were used to monitor LHS 1070 in the B and IC bands. H-band data were used to obtain accurate astrometry for the LHS 1070 /(ℬ+) system.
Results. We find that two components of the triple system LHS 1070 exhibit photometric activity. We identified components and ℬ as the flaring objects. We estimate the total energy, ~2.0 × 1033 erg, and the magnetic field strength, ~5.5 kG, of the flare observed in LHS 1070 ℬ. This event has one of the largest amplitudes, ΔB ≳ 8.2 mag, ever observed in a flare star.
Key words: stars: activity / stars: low-mass / stars: magnetic field / stars: individual: LHS 1070 / astrometry
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