AAVSO Acronym of the Day: VStar
Today's AAVSO acronym of the day is VStar – Variable Star Analysis Software
VStar is a multi-platform, easy-to-use variable star data visualization and analysis tool that was originally developed as part of the AAVSO's Citizen Sky project. Data for any star can be read from the AAVSO database or from a text file of your own creation. Using VStar you can plot light curves, phase plots, do period analysis, polynomial fits and time frequency analysis. You can even create your own custom plug-ins to perform other analyses. The AAVSO, with support from the National Science Foundation, is delighted to make this powerful software available to anyone, free-of-charge.
This is just one example of the tools and programs the AAVSO provides to its members, observers and the astronomical community. Please help support these services by contributing to this year's Annual Campaign.
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