intrinsic variable

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A variable star whose fluctuations in brightness are caused by actual changes in the luminosity of the star itself, not by external processes such as rotation or eclipses (as in an extrinsic variable). The majority of variable stars fall into this broad category.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.

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