Temporary star

(Astron.) a star which appears suddenly, shines for a period, and then nearly or quite disappears. These stars were supposed by some astronomers to be variable stars of long and undetermined periods. More recently, variations star in start intensity are classified more specifically, and this term is now obsolescent. See also nova.
(Astron.) See under Star.

See also: Star, Temporary

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The Lucky Wishbone sign is for them only a temporary star.
In his report for 1892-'93 (see Figure 17) Gore said that the work of the VSS had been chiefly directed to the new or temporary star search, the discovery of new variable stars and the observation of known variable stars.
An introduction to variable stars including a description of the five classes, which were: I) temporary stars, II) long period variables, III) minor irregular variables, IV) short period variables & V) Algol stars.
61) The search for new or temporary stars was to be concentrated on the northern Milky Way, to which he had paid much attention whilst working in India in the 1870s.
In his report for 1894-'95 Gore said that the work of the VSS had continued to be directed towards searching for new or temporary stars in the Milky Way and the observation of selected known and suspected variable stars.
Since the most detailed European observations of the supernova were made by Tycho Brahe (1546-1601), this temporary star is often referred to as Tycho's supernova.
He included the accounts of the three supernovae, as well as other temporary stars, in his diary: the Meigetsuki (Diary of the full Moon).
But he was keen to avoid the frustrations of last season which saw him regularly lose his temporary stars to recalls from their parent clubs.
Early Chinese records contain many references to "guest stars" (kexing) - temporary stars that remained visible for periods from a few days to many months or even years.
I shall use it to illustrate the care with which some Chinese observations of temporary stars were made.
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