HR 5171 A: a massive interacting system in common envelope phase (O. Chesneau et al.)

Vol. 563
In section 7. Stellar structure and evolution

The yellow hypergiant HR 5171 A: Resolving a massive interacting binary in the common envelope phase

by O. Chesneau, A. Meilland, E. Chapellier, et al., A&A 563, A71


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HR5171 is a binary containing a yellow hypergiant. These are massive stars in a short-lived phase of their evolution. The authors present interferometric observations that are able to resolve the system. They show that the binary is a contact or over-contact system, making it one of the few resolved systems caught in a phase of mass transfer.