Powell, BP, Kostov, VB, Rappaport, SA, Borkovits, T, Zasche, P, Tokovinin, A, Kruse, E, Latham, DW, Montet, BT, Jensen, ELN, Jayaraman, R, Collins, KA, Mašek, M, Hellier, C, Evans, P, Tan, T-G, Schlieder, JE, Torres, G, Smale, AP, Friedman, AH, Barclay, T, Gagliano, R, Quintana, EV, Jacobs, TL, Gilbert, EA, Kristiansen, MH, Colón, KD, LaCourse, DM, Olmschenk, G, Omohundro, M, Schnittman, JD, Schwengeler, HM, Barry, RK, Terentev, IA, Boyd, P, Schmitt, AR, Quinn, SN, Vanderburg, A, Palle, E, Armstrong, J, Ricker, GR, Vanderspek, R, Seager, S, Winn, JN, Jenkins, JM, Caldwell, DA, Wohler, B, Shiao, B, Burke, CJ, Daylan, T and Villaseñor, J (2021) TIC 168789840: A Sextuply Eclipsing Sextuple Star System. Astronomical Journal, 161 (4). 162 - 162. ISSN 0004-6256

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We report the discovery of a sextuply eclipsing sextuple star system from TESS data, TIC 168789840, also known as TYC 7037-89-1, the first known sextuple system consisting of three eclipsing binaries. The target was observed in Sectors 4 and 5 during Cycle 1, with lightcurves extracted from TESS Full Frame Image data. It was also previously observed by the WASP survey and ASAS-SN. The system consists of three gravitationally bound eclipsing binaries in a hierarchical structure of an inner quadruple system with an outer binary subsystem. Follow-up observations from several different observatories were conducted as a means of determining additional parameters. The system was resolved by speckle interferometry with a 042 separation between the inner quadruple and outer binary, inferring an estimated outer period of similar to 2 kyr. It was determined that the fainter of the two resolved components is an 8.217 day eclipsing binary, which orbits the inner quadruple that contains two eclipsing binaries with periods of 1.570 days and 1.306 days. Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) analysis of the stellar parameters has shown that the three binaries of TIC 168789840 are "triplets," as each binary is quite similar to the others in terms of mass, radius, and T-eff. As a consequence of its rare composition, structure, and orientation, this object can provide important new insight into the formation, dynamics, and evolution of multiple star systems. Future observations could reveal if the intermediate and outer orbital planes are all aligned with the planes of the three inner eclipsing binaries.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright American Astronomical Society / The Authors, all rights reserved and deposited in line with the publisher's policy on self-archiving.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Eclipsing binary stars, Transit photometry, Multiple stars, Astronomy data analysis
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy > QB799 Stars
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Physical and Geographical Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2021 16:06
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2021 10:54
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/9292

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