Journal of Astrophysics and Astronomy

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 45–51 | Cite as

The identity of the primary component of capella

  • R. & R. Griffin


Ever since the discovery in 1899 that Capella is a double-lined spectroscopic binary system the sharp-lined component, which has the later spectral type, has always been regarded as the primary (more luminous) star. However, traces obtained with radial-velocity spectrometers show that the broad-lined, earlier-type component is actually the primary.

Key words

spectroscopic binaries stars, individual 


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© Indian Academy of Sciences 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. & R. Griffin
    • 1
  1. 1.The ObservatoriesCambridgeEngland

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