Explosive and Eruptive Variable Stars
The breadth of activity among variable stars is almost overwhelming, and the possibilities of observing them seem almost endless. Many variables are followed by observers for their relatively slow pace of decline and recovery and enable one to gauge smooth light curves and collect data for a number of years. Though patience and dedication are requirements for any variable star work, the observations of eruptive or explosive variable stars is a time consuming and onerous task with no guarantee of results unless time and great effort is given to the task of observing them constantly. Some eruptive variables are fairly consistent, but the majority of them are not, and therefore they require constant scrutiny.