eruptive star

eruptive star

[ə′rəp·tiv ′stär]
(astronomy)
A star that has a rapid change in its intensity because of the physical change it undergoes; examples are flare stars, recurrent novae, novae, supernovae, and nebular variables.
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The same process apparently explains the bipolar "Homunculus Nebula" surrounding the enigmatic eruptive star Eta Carinae, one of the most luminous stars in the Milky Way at a distance of 7,500 light-years.
His variables also include R Leporis, known as Hind's Crimson Star (S&T: March 1994 issue, page 72), and the young eruptive star T Tauri, associated with Hind's Variable Nebula (see last month's issue, page 98).
He also explores variable stars such as Cepheids, red giants, and eruptive stars.
This programme was set up as a joint project between the BAA VSS and The Astronomer magazine specifically to monitor poorly studied eruptive stars of various types where outbursts occur at intervals of greater than 1 year.