Detection of a hot binary companion of η carinae

  title={Detection of a hot binary companion of $\eta$ carinae},
  author={Rosina C. Iping and George Sonneborn and Theodore R. Gull and Derck Massa and D. John Hillier},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
We report the detection of a hot companion of η Carinae using high-resolution spectra (905-1180 A) obtained with the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) satellite. Observations were obtained at two epochs of the 2024 day orbit: 2003 June, during ingress to the 2003.5 X-ray eclipse, and 2004 April, several months after egress. These data show that essentially all the far-UV flux from η Car shortward of Lyα disappeared at least 2 days before the start of the X-ray eclipse (2003 June 29… 

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