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A star whose brightness varies because of internal changes, periodic eclipsing by a mutually orbiting star, or periodic transiting of orbiting planets or other circumstellar material.
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(Celestial Objects) any star that varies considerably in brightness, either irregularly or in regular periods. Intrinsic variables, in which the variation is a result of internal changes, include novae, supernovae, and pulsating stars. See also eclipsing binary
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a star that varies in brightness often in a regular period.
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A star whose brightness changes periodically. The variation can occur because of internal changes in a single star or because a darker star periodically eclipses a brighter star in a binary star system.
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A star that varies in brightness because of internal changes or because it is periodically eclipsed by other bodies.
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star - (astronomy) a celestial body of hot gases that radiates energy derived from thermonuclear reactions in the interior
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