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A Ahad
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PostSubject: A new variable star in Hercules   Fri Jun 17, 2011 3:17 pm

I discovered a brand new variable star in Hercules in 2009, and it is in need of attention from a dedicated team of astronomers.

Here's a picture of it:





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PostSubject: Re: A new variable star in Hercules   Fri Jun 17, 2011 5:24 pm

Ahad,

You are amazing.
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PostSubject: Re: A new variable star in Hercules   Sun Jun 19, 2011 7:11 am

Alice, this is a really amazing star in lots of different ways.
Since I first came upon it a couple of years back, it has proven to be something of an enigma.

I first imagined it must be a binary companion to the bright star that's to the left of it. I then found that it has moved by a considerable margin over forty years that it has been photographed in two different sky surveys. My reports on this star are archived for posterity here:

http://www.webbdeepsky.com/dssc/dssc18.pdf

http://www.webbdeepsky.com/dssc/dssc19.pdf


And now, to add the icing on the cake... I have detected variations in its brightness. The next challenge is to determine exactly what type of variable star it might be. Variables (as with most things in life) come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Here is a list of some of the different types of variables astronomers have classified stars into:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variable_star#Classification
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PostSubject: Re: A new variable star in Hercules   Sun Jun 19, 2011 7:55 am

Ahad,
I'm unable to give a meaningful comment. What you have done and written is beyond my comprehension. Your work is impressive, to say the least.
It is a fascinating field of study.
I can only imagine how exciting it must be to make a discovery. There is so much we have yet to learn. It takes dedicated people like you to uncover the mysteries of our universe.
Thanks for keeping us informed.
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PostSubject: Re: A new variable star in Hercules   Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:03 am

Abe F. March wrote:
Ahad,
I'm unable to give a meaningful comment. What you have done and written is beyond my comprehension. Your work is impressive, to say the least.
It is a fascinating field of study.
I can only imagine how exciting it must be to make a discovery. There is so much we have yet to learn. It takes dedicated people like you to uncover the mysteries of our universe.
Thanks for keeping us informed.

Well said!

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