2010 programme

Sat 09:15-10:30

Opportunities and Plans: the Directions of Southern Hemisphere Variable Star Research

Dr Thomas Richards

Variable Stars South

Variable star research is changing massively thanks to the impact of new instrumentation and communication, in the hands of amateurs as well as professionals. I review the developments in four areas: Miras and long period variables, Cepheids and related pulsating stars, eclipsing binaries, and cataclysmic variables all the way from dwarf novae to supernovae. I examine the likely impact of new surveys such as Bright Star Monitor South, report on the situation of southern hemisphere research and Variable Stars South; and make conclusions about the future of southern hemisphere amateur-based variable star research.

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