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Variable Stars

A star whose brightness changes periodically. There are many types of variable stars and their brightnesses vary for many different reasons. For example, the brightness of a Cepheid variable star changes because its luminosity changes; the luminosity change is related to the internal structure of the star and the processes that occur there. Variable stars can also be caused by eclipsing dark or bright companions.

Radio Programs

Moon and Antares A “heart murmur” for the scorpion June 25, 2018

Cor Caroli Dark blemishes on a big star April 22, 2018

‘Loopy’ Names Some “loopy” star names April 14, 2018

Pherkad Deciphering a changing star October 22, 2017

Double Bright The leading lights of Pegasus July 29, 2017

Moon and Spica Two stars play a cosmic duet June 14, 2016

Waking Up A black hole wakes up hungry September 14, 2015

Featured Images

Hubble Space Telescope view of V838 Monocerotis in 2006

Brilliant Echo February 11, 2015