Variable Star Classification and Light Curves (CHOICE)

This is a description of a CHOICE course.

This course is an overview of the types of variable stars most commonly observed by AAVSO observers. We discuss the physical processes behind what makes each type variable and how this is demonstrated in their light curves. Variable star names and nomenclature are placed in a historical context to aid in understanding today’s classification scheme. There are no pre-requisites for this course, but there is quite a bit of reading, and discussion, so be prepared to devote at least an hour a day to this course.