instability strip

(redirected from Radial pulsations)

instability strip

short for Cepheid instability strip. See pulsating variables.

instability strip

[‚in·stə′bil·əd·ē ‚strip]
(astronomy)
A portion of the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram occupied by pulsating stars; stars traverse this region at least once after they leave the main sequence.
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These include radial pulsations of the sun, which make the solar surface contract and expand like a ringing bell.
McNamara (1997) and Breger (2000) claim that DS stars have radial pulsations of large amplitudes, if they have rotation with vsini [less than or equal to] 30 km x [s.