Stellar astronomy, fueled by massive capital investments, advances in numerical modeling and theory, is resurgent and arguably is on the verge of a magnificent renaissance. Powerful time domain optical surveys, both on ground and in space, are producing data on variable stars on an unprecedented industrial scale. Those with deep knowledge of variable stars will stand to benefit from this resurgence. Notwithstanding these developments, in some astronomical communities, classical stellar astronomy has been in the doldrums. I offer a modest proposal to establish a basic level of familiarity with variable stellar phenomenology and an attractive scheme to make research in variable star astronomy visible, alluring and fashionable.
Fri, 21 Oct 16
Comments: 9 pages, 1 figure, 3 tables