W Virginis variable

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W Virginis variables are a subclass of Type II Cepheids which exhibit pulsation periods between 10–20 days,[1] and are of spectral class F6 – K2.[2][3]

They were first recognized as being distinct from classical Cepheids by Walter Baade in 1942, in a study of Cepheids in the Andromeda Galaxy that proposed that stars in that galaxy were of two populations.[4]

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  1. ^ Wallerstein, G., "The Cepheids of Population II and Related Stars", Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 114 p.689–699 (2002)
  2. ^ W. Strohmeier, Variable Stars, Pergamon (1972)
  3. ^ Soszyński, I.; Udalski, A.; Szymański, M. K.; Kubiak, M.; Pietrzyński, G.; Wyrzykowski, Ł.; Szewczyk, O.; Ulaczyk, K.; Poleski, R. "The Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment. The OGLE-III Catalog of Variable Stars. II.Type II Cepheids and Anomalous Cepheids in the Large Magellanic Cloud", Acta A., vol 58 (2008)
  4. ^ Webb, Stephen, Measuring the Universe: The Cosmological Distance Ladder, Springer, (1999)

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