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Catalogues of variable stars from Parenago to the present day

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After World War II, the International Astronomical Union made Soviet astronomers responsible for variable-star catalogues. This work has been continued ever since the first edition of the General Catalogue of Variable Stars compiled by the team headed by P.P. Parenago and B.V. Kukarkin and published in 1948. Currently, the catalogue work is a joint project of the Institute of Astronomy (Russian Academy of Sciences) and the Sternberg Astronomical Institute (Moscow University). This paper is a brief review of recent trends in the field of variable-star catalogues. Problems as well as new prospects related to modern large-scale automatic photometric sky surveys are discussed.

Keywords: Catalogues; Variable stars

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Sternberg Astronomical Institute, Universitetskij Prospekt 13, Moscow, 119992, Russia

Publication date: April 1, 2006

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