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Noun- One of a class of pulsating stars whose intrinsic light variations are very regular, occurring in periods up to two months.

Usage examples (8)
  • Therefore: Would I rather flit to the mainland and its bright lights, or have Chives phone the nearest cepheid agency?
  • This gave me a chance to talk about the cosmological distance ladder, parallax, cepheid variables, type Ia supernovae, and much more.
  • Edwin P. Hubble (1889–1953) detected cepheid variable stars in the Andromeda Nebula, a discovery that allowed him to determine the distances between galaxies.
  • Harlow Shapley (1885–1972), from an extensive study of the distribution of globular clusters and cepheid variable stars, increased the estimated size of our galaxy about... for more
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