Epsilon Aurigae

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the largest known star

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For more than 175 years, astronomers have known that Epsilon Aurigae - the fifth brightest star in the northern constellation Auriga - is dimmer than it should be.
On January 1, 2010, a giant space object blotted out our view of Epsilon Aurigae, which is about 2,000 light-years from Earth.
The fascination with epsilon Aurigae stems from not only the length of the eclipse, but also the strange increase in brightness of the system mid eclipse.
Epsilon Aurigae's latest eclipse occurred between 1982 and 1984, and a special North American Workshop on the Recent Eclipse of Epsilon Aurigae was held in Tucson, Ariz.
Finally Dr Arditti drew attention to the observing campaigns on Epsilon Aurigae and R Corona Borealis, and recent supernova discoveries by Tom Boles and Ron Arbour.
This number is the total number of light curves plotted through AAVSO; the number for Epsilon Aurigae is 1,200.
During the last year members have been encouraged to participate in the international campaign to observe Epsilon Aurigae in 2009-2011.
Observations of Epsilon Aurigae will be useful as it is expected to reach eclipse minimum in December.
But this issue's articles about Epsilon Aurigae give me some reason for optimism that the Golden Age might continue in spite of the perfect storm.
At the time of writing there does not seem to be much visual diminution of Epsilon Aurigae (see August's Journal).
You'll also read elsewhere in this Journal a note by Des Loughney, the VSS Eclipsing Binary Secretary, about the impending eclipse of epsilon Aurigae.
By early 1982 I was willingly pulled into doing photometry of the upcoming 1982-84 eclipse of Epsilon Aurigae by Arizona State University astronomer Paul Schmidtke and Robert Stencel, known affectionately as Dr.
The international variable star community has been waiting expectantly for the eclipse of the Epsilon Aurigae system.