Colloquium: Dr. Matthew CraigDr. Matthew Craig Department of Physics and Astronomy Minnesota State University Moorhead Moorhead, MN
Variable Star Photometry: A Sampler
Minnesota State University Moorhead operates a small research-grade telescope at a dark site east of campus which was refurbished two years ago. Since then we have been building a research program in variable star photometry: the study of the variation of the brightness of a star over time. This talk will outline a representative sample of the current projects being carried out at the observatory. They include the first reported period for a particular RR Lyrae-type pulsating variable, an attempt at characterizing the pulsations of a δ Scutii variable and measurement of a light curve for the Type I supernova SN 2011fe.