The EB Zoo: examples of eclipsing binary stars and their behaviours
In this zoo, we will display not the specimen light curves of various types of EBs (these are readily available elsewhere), but the changes in their behavior. Such changes are what most amateur observing programs aim to find and track. Specifically, here are examples of EBs whose eclipses come early or late for different reasons, and a case where the eclipses no longer happen(!).
Some of the best opportunities for contributing to astronomical research come through the AAVSO's Observing Campaigns, which are observing projects requested by individual researchers with a specific goal in mind. Some Campaigns are designed to last for a long time, and the results aren't known until well after the campaign concludes. But some campaigns pay off immediately. Our campaign on the bright star b Persei is an example of the latter, with a handful of AAVSO observers getting exactly the right data, at the right time, right away!
The AAVSO now distributes its published times-of-minimum data for eclipsing binary in single compressed files (.tgz and .zip), rather than as a searchable online index. For data on a specific star, unzip the compressed file, and search for the star's name among the included text files. These files contain updated publication information through November 30, 2005, the time at which the files were last updated.