2018 schedule

Sun 16:00-16:30
Mercure Conservatory

The Magellanic Cloud Luminous Blue Variables

Alan Plummer


NACAA 2016 saw a presentation on the visual observation of stars in the Magellanic Clouds. This talk follows on from that, focusing on the Luminous Blue Variables, also called the S Doradus stars, and the suspected, or 'candidate’ population. Discussion of their evolutionary status, lightcurves, and fields is continued and updated. Feedback from the American Association of Variable Star Observers show these objects to be among the most important targets to observe. Certainly, they are the most challenging and rewarding.