Physics of Luminous Blue Variables: Proceedings of the 113th Colloquium of the International Astronomical Union, Held at Val Morin, Quebec Province, Canada, August 15-18, 1988 by Springer (Paperback, 2011)
A strange field of speculation is opened by this phemen ...here we have a star fitfully variable to an astonishing extent. and whose fluctuations are spread over centuries. apparently in settled period. and with regularity of progression. What origin can we ascribe to these sudden flashes and relapses? What conclusions are we to draw as to the comfort or habitability of a system depending for its supply of light and heat on so uncertain a source? -- J. F. W. Herschel! We can imagine, at least, that the study of Lumius Blue Variable stars began as the official court astrophysicists of Eridu speculated about a new 5000 years ago first-magnitude star which persisted in their southern sky for several years.2 After that the topic languished for a while, but w it has been renewed following recent observations by Blaeu (P Cygni, c.1600) and Herschel (1] Argus, c.1840) ...-- More soberly, it is only within the past few years that we have begun to understand LBV's and to recognize their coherence as a class. Thus only a mirity of astromers are familiar yet with this relatively new topic, whose potential impli- cations are of great interest (see below). One purpose of this book, we hope, will be to provide an accessible overview of the subject for interested astromers and astrophysicists in general.
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Anthony F. J. Moffat, Henny J. G. L. M. Lamers, Hermanus Lamers, Kris Davidson