Identification of Young Stellar Variables with KELT for K2. I. Taurus Dippers and Rotators

Joseph E. Rodriguez, Megan Ansdell, Ryan J. Oelkers, Phillip A. Cargile, Eric Gaidos, Ann Marie Cody, Daniel J. Stevens, Garrett Somers, David James, Thomas G. Beatty, Robert J. Siverd, Michael B. Lund, Rudolf B. Kuhn, B. Scott Gaudi, Joshua Pepper, Keivan G. Stassun

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One of the most well-studied young stellar associations, Taurus-Auriga, was observed by the extended Kepler mission, K2, in the spring of 2017. K2 Campaign 13 (C13) is a unique opportunity to study many stars in this young association at high photometric precision and cadence. Using observations from the Kilodegree Extremely Little Telescope (KELT) survey, we identify "dippers," aperiodic and periodic variables among K2 C13 target stars. This release of the KELT data (light curve data in e-tables) provides the community with long-time baseline observations to assist in the understanding of the more exotic variables in the association. Transient-like phenomena on timescales of months to years are known characteristics in the light curves of young stellar objects, making contextual pre- and post-K2 observations critical to understanding their underlying processes. We are providing a comprehensive set of the KELT light curves for known Taurus-Auriga stars in K2 C13. The combined data sets from K2 and KELT should permit a broad array of investigations related to star formation, stellar variability, and protoplanetary environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number97
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 20 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • circumstellar matter
  • protoplanetary disks
  • stars: pre-main sequence
  • stars: variables: T Tauri, Herbig Ae/Be

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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