long period variable

AAVSO Bulletin 80 for 2017 - Letter to Observers

Letter to Users of 2017 Bulletin

                                                                                                                                            February 2017

Dear Observers,

Alert Notice 358: Monitoring of Mira (omi Cet) in support of HST Observations

September 17, 2007: Dr. Margarita Karovska (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) and
collaborators are performing a comprehensive study of the Mira AB interacting system, using the WFPC2 camera on the Hubble Space Telescope. Mira AB is composed of the prototype Mira variable omi Cet and its companion VZ Cet, separated by about 0.5 arcsecond. As part of this project they plan to obtain a large number of high-angular resolution images at wavelengths ranging from UV to optical.  The main objectives of the HST/WFPC2 observations are:

Mira Variables with Period Changes

Mira variables are the longest-observed class of stars for which we have long-term quantitative data that allow us to study their behavior over centuries-long periods of time.  Fortunately for us, they're also easy to observe and monitor, having some of the largest amplitudes of all variables, and hundreds of them are bright enough that they're within reach of astronomers with modest telescopes.

AAVSO Bulletin 73 for 2010 - Stars in Need of Observations

                        STARS IN NEED OF OBSERVATIONS
    AAVSO BULLETIN 73:  Predicted Maxima and Minima of Long Period Variables for 2010

The stars listed below need additional observations. Please be aware that many of these 
stars are difficult to observe, and should be observed only by experienced observers. 
Please note that the symbol % after a star name indicates the star has fair to excellent 
CCDV or multicolor photometry but still needs visual observations.