U UMi is a bright Mira that has been well observed by the AAVSO since 1907. Over 30,000 observations are in the AID from over 850 different observers as can be seen in the light curve shown below which displays all observations in the AID. It is one of the Legacy LPV Program stars.
In AAVSO Bulletin 79 there are two stars that exhibit double maxima: R Cen and R Nor. These stars therefore have primary and secondary maxima and minima. They are not included in the main Bulletin table. Their predicted dates of maximum and minimum for January 2016 through February 2017 are presented here in list form (JD and Gregorian calendar dates) and in approximation of the main Bulletin table format.
AAVSO Bulletin 79 - Predicted Dates of Maxima and Minima of Long Period Variables for 2016 - is published in the format that was introduced in 2011. The information that was included in earlier numbers of the Bulletin is included in this format, along with more information. The Bulletin does not include stars that do not have an AAVSO mean curve. Please read all of the materials provided to familiarize yourself with the customizable format of the Bulletin and all the ways you can use it in your variable star observing and research.
The long period variable R Aquarii is an extremely interesting system. Its type is both Mira (M) and symbiotic (ZAND) - R Aqr is a close binary system consisting of a hot star and a late-type star, both enveloped in nebulosity. In the case of R Aqr, the late-type star is a Mira. As a result, the very interesting light curve shows not only the Mira pulsation but also eclipses as the two stars interact.