How to Use the RR Lyrae Ephemeris
The AAVSO RR Lyrae Ephemeris provides the predicted time of maximum for RR Lyrae and Delta Sct type stars in the AAVSO RR Lyrae observing program. These times appear in Universal Time in the body of the ephemeris table. The time is rounded to the nearest half hour, providing sufficient accuracy to plan observing sessions while, hopefully, leaving sufficient doubt about the exact time in order to eliminate anticipatory bias. This ephemeris is designed for use by observers at American longitudes.
The top rows of the ephemeris table list the name of the RR Lyrae type star. Directly below the star's name are its approximate maximum and minimum magnitudes. These magnitudes are taken from the 4th edition of the GCVS and may be visual, photographic, or V.
Below that, in the row labeled "RISE". This is the approximate time required for the star to rise from minimum to maximum, in hours.
CCD observations of RR Lyrae type stars at all phases of their lightcurves are encouraged. This ephemeris can be used as a guide to determine what portion of the lightcurve is observable on a given night.
The numbers in the left-most column are the "double date" - the evening and the following morning - for the event times listed in the corresponding row. For example, 5-6 corresponds to the evening of the 5th and the morning of the 6th of the month. January 0-1 is the evening of December 31 and the morning of January 1.
Gerard Samolyk, AAVSO RR Lyrae Committee
If you have questions about this ephemeris, please contact the AAVSO.
Last Updated: June 22, 2011 - 10:11am