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Light Curves of Variable Stars
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This unique volume provides a complete reference on variable stars. It presents a wealth of typical light- and colour-curves to allow identification, together with a detailed and up-to-date description of each subclass. The editors, together with seven other world experts, have created a unique pictorial atlas of variable stars. In the first chapter they give a clear introduction to the nomenclature and classification of the light curves of variable stars, and to photometric systems. In the remaining chapters they provide a detailed account of each subclass: from eruptive, pulsating, rotating and cataclysmic variables, through to eclipsing-binary systems and X-ray binaries. Specific variable stars, types and classes of variables, together with key astrophysical terms can be quickly and easily located in the book by means of detailed object-name and subject indexes. This comprehensive and up-to-date volume provides an essential reference for all those interested in variable stars - from researchers and graduate students through to dedicated amateurs.


‘In conclusion, this is an advanced (graduate/research) level text which should belong in all astronomy libraries, and really succeeds in its declared aim.’

Phil Charles Source: Astronomy Now

‘ … an extremely useful reference guide to both graduate students and the well informed amateur.’

Gary Poyner Source: Journal of the British Astronomical Association

‘What a splendid idea! This book fills a real gap in the literature and will be required reading for all those interested in variable stars … This book should become a standard work.’

Tim Lloyd Evans Source: The Observatory

‘ … the book does contain some of the best available plotted variable star data … a useful reference for a wide readership.’

Source: Irish Astronomical Journal

‘ … a book of great value to all interested in variable stars … I know that I shall be referring to my copy frequently and heartily recommend it.’

Albert Jones Source: Southern Stars

'…the authors have complied a compendium of characteristic light curves to help classification…It is very handy to have all this information in one place.'

Source: American Association of Variable Star Observers Bookstore

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