Astrophysics (index)

Cataclysmic Variable Star

(CV, Cataclysmic Variable)
(star whose magnitude is much larger on occasion)

A Cataclysmic Variable Star (CV or Cataclysmic Variable) is a Variable Star that irregularly grows in Magnitude by a large factor for a while. The bright events are classified as Novae and the mechanism is a White Dwarf accreting matter from a companion to the point Fusion is ignited but is sustained only temporarily.

(star type,variable,transient)

Referenced by:
Dwarf Nova