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Daytona Beach


Physical Sciences

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Previous studies on the subject of eclipsing binaries (EBs) within the Kepler field have been adequately determined the period, distance, and other stellar parameters of these systems (Borkovits, et al. 2015). Additionally, with the use of Observed-minus-Calculated (O-C) plots, variation in the timing of timing of eclipses can be easily detected. The eclipse timing shifts may be caused by dynamical effects or by light-travel time effects (LTTE) caused by the existence of a third body. The following research was conducted on ten binaries within the Kepler “K2” Campaign 5 field whose light curves (LCs) showed evidence of eclipses with periods shorter than ten days. The timings of the eclipses were then investigated using the O-C method to search for variations and, if so, to deduce the cause of such variations and to determine the parameters of the binary.

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NASA grant NNX15AV60G, Florida Space Grant Consortium grant NXX15_005