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Sun, 07 May 2017 - T Cephei heading for June maximum

The Mira type variable T Cephei ended its early 2017 "standstill" around six weeks ago and is now closing in on its 2017 maximum.

This is forecast to occur in June, although the exact date and the peak brightness cannot be predicted in advance.

 

As this light curve shows, there was once again an interval lasting for many weeks during which T Cephei "got stuck" near mag 8.0.

 

However, where as the early 2016 "standstill" lasted for an unprecedented three months, this latest  "standstill" appears to have only lasted for about two months.

 

More information about T Cephei, including a finder chart and comparison stars, can be found in this guide

 

Added by: Tracie Heywood