An international observing program that investigates merging processes and seeks for red nova progenitors among contact binaries
The Contact Binaries Towards Merging (CoBiToM) Project is a programme
that focuses on contact binaries and multiple stellar systems, as a key for understanding stellar nature. The goal is to investigate
stellar coalescence and merging processes, as the final state of stellar evolution of low-mass contact binary systems.
The project involves colleagues from different institutes around the world.
Their expertise, scientific background, as well as the available telscope facilities
provide the necessary knowledge and support, that guarantees a succesful research.
Telescopes all around the world are involved in the project.
CoBiToM Project will provide long-term and continuous monitoring
of contact binaries from several ground locations. The data acquisition
provides multicolour imaging in BVRI bands, using one site and
one instrument for each target, in order to avoid any systematic effect
between instrumental calibration and/or spectral mismatch.