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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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