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.
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.
Novae or temporary stars, Astronomical Society of the Pacific Leaflet 14: 55-8.
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