New photometric, spectroscopic, and eclipse timing observations of the eclipsing binary star HP Aur allow for very accurate orbital determinations, even in the presence of a third body and transient starspot activity. The eclipsing binary masses are determined to an accuracy of +/-0.4% and the radii to +/-0.6%. The masses are 0.9543 +/- 0.0041 and 0.8094 +/- 0.0036 solar masses, and the radii are 1.0278 +/- 0.0042 and 0.7758 +/- 0.0034 solar radii, respectively. The orbital period in the outer orbit is accurately known for the first time – 4.332 +/- 0.011 years. A comparison with current theories of stellar evolution show that the components absolute properties can be well-matched by the current models at an age of about 7 billion years.
Date added: Wed, 16 Oct 13