Astronomy Reports

, 53:1013 | Cite as

A Catalog of Variable Stars based on the new name list

  • E. V. Kazarovets
  • N. N. Samus’
  • O. V. Durlevich
  • N. N. Kireeva
  • E. N. Pastukhova
  • G. Pojmanski


We present a new electronic version of the General Catalog of Variable Stars (GCVS) based on the new IAU name list of confirmed variable stars. The catalog contains 1270 stars, most of them contained earlier in the New Catalog of Suspected Variable Stars or its supplement. A number of recent studies—including those by authors of the catalog, who investigated many stars using data from modern automatic surveys, determined light-curve elements for periodic stars, and plotted numerous light curves—have made it possible to move these stars to the GCVS. Among the catalog objects, 24 stars are novae or other unusual variable stars that acquired their GCVS names out of the usual order, upon communication from the Bureau of Astronomical Telegrams of the International Astronomical Union. We present the GCVS names, coordinates, classifications (in two forms: the GCVS system and a new, proposed system), brightness-variation limits, and light-curve elements for the catalog stars, as well as bibliographic references and remarks when necessary. We discuss several catalog stars that are of astrophysical interest or caused problems during the compilation of the catalog.

PACS numbers

95.80.+p 97.30.-b 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. V. Kazarovets
    • 1
  • N. N. Samus’
    • 1
    • 2
  • O. V. Durlevich
    • 2
  • N. N. Kireeva
    • 1
  • E. N. Pastukhova
    • 1
  • G. Pojmanski
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of AstronomyRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Sternberg Astronomical InstituteMoscowRussia
  3. 3.Astronomical ObservatoryUniversity of WarsawWarsawPoland

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