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Pavlenko E.P.,Crimean Astrophysical Observatory | Pavlenko E.P.,Tavrida National Vernadsky University | Voloshina I.B.,Moscow State Pedagogical University | Andreev M.V.,Russian Academy of Sciences | And 6 more authors.
Astronomy Reports | Year: 2010

We analyze photometry of the dwarf nova MN Dra carried out using various instruments at four observatories on 18 nights between May 20 and June 28, 2009. The observations cover a variety of activity states of the system: a superoutburst, three normal outbursts, and quiescence. Analysis of the system's light curve during the superoutburst decline reveals positive superhumps that recur, on average, with a period of 0.105 days and are due to the direct apsidal precession of the accretion disk. These are observed until the end of the superoutburst, but their period decreases at a rate of -24.5 × 10-5 of the period per period. Both the positive-superhump period and its derivative are in good agreement with estimates made during previous superoutbursts. At the brightness minimum and in normal outbursts, MN Dra displays brightness variations with a period of 0.096 days, whose amplitude is much larger during the brightness minimum (0.8m-1.5m) than during normal outbursts (0.1m-0.2m). We suggest that these brightness variations could be negative superhumps due to nodal precession of the oblique accretion disk. © Pleiades Publishing, Ltd., 2010. Source

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