From Gaia Science Alerts Working Group
Known also as S Dor stars. Exhibit slow changes in brightness with occasional outbursts of substantial mass loss. Very heavy stars(>30Msun), often in binary systems, will evolve to W-R stars. Only a few is known. Known example: Eta Carinae.
- Baseline micro-variability: P around 10-20 days, amplitude 0.1-0.2 mag
- Positioned close to "instability strip", thus the pulsating-like variability
- "normal eruptions": 1-2 mag (rise within few months), repeating with period of years or decades the brighter abs.mag the shorter period between eruptions)
- Giant eruptions ("Eta Carinae type") of around 8 mag, once a few centuries!!
- After giant eruption and fade, the star recovers its brightness as the dust disperses.
- Spectroscopic variations with period of 5.5 years (probably due to binarity)
- X-ray variability
- engine of outbursts is not well understood yet