AAVSO: American Association of Variable Star Observers

Introducing Mira Variables

Volume 25 number 2 (1997)

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Janet A. Mattei

Abstract

This brief summary on the observational properties of Mira-type variable stars introduces the talks given during the special Mira session at the 85th Annual Meeting of the AAVSO, on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the discovery of Mira. The articles following this introduction each deal with specific observational and theoretical aspects of Mira variables, thus giving an overall picture of this important and abundant class of variables.