We report a measurement of limb darkening of a solar-like star in the very high magnification microlensing event MOA 2002-BLG-33. A 15 hour deviation from the light curve profile expected for a single lens was monitored intensively in V and I passbands by five telescopes spanning the globe. Our modelling of the light curve showed the lens to be a close binary system whose centre-of-mass passed almost directly in front of the source star. The source star was identified as an F8-G2 main sequence turn-off star. The measured stellar profiles agree with current stellar atmosphere theory to within ∼4% in two passbands. The effective angular resolution of the measurements is <1 μas. These are the first limb darkening measurements obtained by microlensing for a Solar-like star.
- Stars: individual: MOA 2002-BLG-33
- Stars: limb darkening
- Techniques: gravitational microlensing
- Techniques: high angular resolution