General Catalogue of Variable Stars

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The General Catalogue of Variable Stars (GCVS) is a list of variable stars in the Milky Way Galaxy[a]. Its first edition, containing 10,820 stars, was published in 1948 by the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, edited by Boris Kukarkin [ru] and Pavel Parenago.[1] Second and third editions were published in 1958 and 1968. The fourth edition, containing 28,435 stars, was published in three volumes in 1985–1987.[2][3] Later, two more volumes were published: the fourth volume containing reference tables and the fifth volume containing extragalactic variable stars.[3] The first release of the fifth edition (GCVS 5.1), which is periodically updated, currently contains 58,035 variable stars;[4][5] it is available at the GCVS website and at the VizieR astronomical catalogue service.


  1. ^ The fourth edition also included a list of extragalactic variable stars, but the fifth edition is no longer updating it.


  1. ^ Kulikovskij, P. G. (June 1978), "B. V. Kukarkin, 1909 October 30 - 1977 September 15", Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society, 19: 247–248, Bibcode:1978QJRAS..19..247K
  2. ^ Schweitzer, Emile. "The names and catalogues of variable stars". Association Française des Observateurs d'Etoiles Variables. Translated by Vialle, Jacques. Retrieved March 21, 2023.
  3. ^ a b Samus, N. N.; Durlevich, O. V.; Kazarovets, R. V. (March 1997), "The General Catalog of Variable Stars (GCVS)", Baltic Astronomy, 6: 296–299, Bibcode:1997BaltA...6..296S, doi:10.1515/astro-1997-0229.
  4. ^ Samus', N. N.; Kazarovets, E. V.; Durlevich, O. V.; Kireeva, N. N.; Pastukhova, E. N. (2017). "General catalogue of variable stars: Version GCVS 5.1". Astronomy Reports. 61 (1): 80. Bibcode:2017ARep...61...80S. doi:10.1134/S1063772917010085.
  5. ^ "GCVS Introduction". General Catalogue of Variable Stars. Retrieved March 21, 2023.

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