CAOSP abstracts, Volume: 47, No.: 2, year: 2017

Abstract: AG Draconis is a bright symbiotic binary consisting of a white dwarf and a pulsating cool giant. Moreover, it is the most intense X-ray source among symbiotic stars, and one of the best representatives of the super-soft X-ray objects. The system undergoes characteristic symbiotic activity with alternating quiescent and active stages. The active ones consist of several outbursts repeating at about a one-year interval. The recent activity stage of AG Dra began with the weak pre-outburst in 2015 followed by a more prominent outburst in 2016. According to photometric and some spectroscopic observations, both brightenings belong to the minor (hot) outbursts of AG Dra. Such behavior of the active stage is quite unusual because more often, the activity of AG Dra starts with a major (cool) outburst. Moreover, the behavior of Raman scattered OVI lines at λ 6825 Å and λ 7082 Å suggest that the minor outburst of AG Dra in April 2016 has the characteristics of both the hot and cool outbursts. Based on the above, an open question is the next evolution of activity of the symbiotic binary AG Dra in 2017 and beyond.

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