variable star


Definition of variable star 

: a star whose brightness changes usually in more or less regular periods

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So far, astronomers have estimated those distances using data from 10 well-studied, long-period variable stars in the Milky Way. National Geographic, "How 1.7 Billion Stars Were Mapped With Dazzling 3-D Precision," 25 Apr. 2018 For the local universe, these mile markers are Cepheid variable stars, which periodically pulse and share the same intrinsic brightness. National Geographic, "How 1.7 Billion Stars Were Mapped With Dazzling 3-D Precision," 25 Apr. 2018 Haro discovered flare stars, variable stars which experience unpredictable surges in brightness. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Google Doodle pays tribute to Mexican astronomer Guillermo Haro," 21 Mar. 2018

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1788, in the meaning defined above

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