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What is VSNET (Variable Star Network)?

VSNET, maintained by VSNET Administrators

Department of Astronomy, Kyoto University (what a zoo!), consists of transcendent mailing lists (powered by MMM technology: MMM = Many Many Mails) for distribution of various messages on variable stars, especially cataclysmic variables (CVs) and related objects.

From the history of VSNET ...

VSNET now has a number of addresses for delivering different content of mails.
(click to retrieve mail archives)
vsnet-obs@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Posting observations
vsnet-alert@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Variable star alerts
vsnet-outburst@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Dwarf nova outbursts
vsnet-rcb@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp R CrB stars
vsnet-symbio@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Symbiotic variables
vsnet-polar@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Polars (AM Her-type stars)
vsnet-ip@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Intermediate polars (DQ Her-type stars)
vsnet-nl@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp NL-type cataclysmic variables information
vsnet-sss@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Supersoft X-ray sources (SSS or SSXS)
vsnet-orion@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Pre-main sequence stars (T Tau, EXORs, FU Ori stars) information
vsnet-lpv@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Long-period variables (LPVs) information
vsnet-rvtau@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp RV Tau stars information
vsnet-be@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Be stars and gamma Cas-type stars
vsnet-be@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp S Dor-type stars (luminous blue variables)
vsnet-grb@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Gamma Ray Bursts (GRBs)
vsnet-announce@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Announcements
vsnet-chat@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Discussion list
vsnet-chart@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Chart distribution
vsnet-sequence@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Comparison star sequence
vsnet-preprint@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Preprints and on-line papers
vsnet-deepsky@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Deep-sky objects
vsnet-computing@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Variable star computing
vsnet-jet@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Astrophysical jets
vsnet-digest@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Daily digest
vsnet-recent@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Daily CV activity
vsnet-mira@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Long-period variables activity
vsnet-mira-be@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Be stars activity (regular update)
vsnet-mira-irr@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Irregular stars activity (regular update)
vsnet-id@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp VS identifications
vsnet-id-rosat@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp ROSAT identifications
vsnet-id-2mass@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp 2MASS identifications
vsnet-id-2mass@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp 2MASS-selected variable star candidates
vsnet-id-sn@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp SN-related identifications
vsnet-recent-sn@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Recent SN summary
vsnet-recent-nova@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Recent nova summary
vsnet-recent-blazar@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Recent blazar activity summary
vsnet-recent-xray@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Recent X-ray binary activity summary
vsnet-recent-rcb@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Recent R CrB stars summary
vsnet-recent-symbio@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Recent symbiotic summary
vsnet-recent-acyg@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Recent alpha Cyg type summary
vsnet-recent-rscvn@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Recent RS CVn type summary
vsnet-recent-cep@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Recent Cepheid summary
vsnet-recent-rr@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Recent RR Lyr type summary
vsnet-recent-dsct@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Recent delta Sct type summary
vsnet-recent-sxphe@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Recent SX Phe type summary
vsnet-recent-acv@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Recent alpha CVn type summary
vsnet-recent-ss@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Recent unclassified short-period variables summary
vsnet-lost@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Lost variables report
vsnet-unknown@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Unknown variables report
vsnet-const@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Constant variables report
vsnet-pn@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Planetary nebulae
vsnet-sleepy@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp I'm sleepy
vsnet-ecl@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Eclipsing binaries
vsnet-rr@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Short-period pulsating variables
vsnet-flare@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Stellar flares
vsnet-newvar@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Reporting new variables
vsnet-gcvs@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp GCVS/NSV revision project
vsnet-cvcirc@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp VSNET CV Circulars
vsnet-miracirc@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp VSNET Mira Circulars
vsnet-campaign@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp VSNET Collaboration team list
vsnet-campaign-blazar@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp VSNET Collaboration team list for blazars
vsnet-campaign-sn@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp VSNET Collaboration team list for supernovae (SNe)
vsnet-campaign-nova@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp VSNET Collaboration team list for dwarf novae
vsnet-campaign-xray@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp VSNET Collaboration team list for X-ray binaries
vsnet-campaign-be@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp VSNET Collaboration team list for Be stars
vsnet-campaign-ip@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp VSNET Collaboration team list for intermediate polars (IPs)
vsnet-campaign-data@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp VSNET Collaboration team list, reporting data
vsnet-survey@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Survey
vsnet-image@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp Posting images
vsnet-ada-news@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp VSNET-ADA Collaboration
( represents the average degree of e-mail traffic)

The first address is used for data distribution. The second is for alert on the discovery of supernovae, novae, rare outbursts, discovery of new variable star, dramatic change of known variable stars (^^;) and so on. The third is for the general information, complied data, preprints. The fourth is devoted to discussions more diversely related to variable stars and variable star observing. Members may also post their self-introduction to this list. Vsnet-chart is dedicated to distributing finding charts. The list vsnet-recent and vsnet-mira are for distribution of compiled up-to-date observations of targets of interest. The list vsnet-id is for distribution of cross identification list of variable stars. The list vsnet-future is reserved for future. The list vsnet-ecl is for eclipsing binary observers, both for data exchange and discussions. The list vsnet-newvar is for reporting newly discovered variable stars (the data format should be the same as in vsnet-obs). Two lists vsnet-cvcirc and vsnet-miracirc are for distributing VSNET circulars for CVs and long-period variables, respectively.

(Note: "vsnet-alert" may be better suited for initial subscription than the other three, especially for those who want information on up-to-date variable star events. The list vsnet-digest is delivered daily, which includes the titles of issues of each day, with links to the WWW pages).

I want to participate to VSNET. What to do?

If you wish to join, please send the message to vsnet-adm@ooruri.kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp containing the following statement : Example :
If you want alert-mail only : If you want all vsnet mails : Or, simply say SUBSCRIBE all. If you don't specify the necessary lists (i.e. the word "subscribe" only), we will subscribe you to all VSNET lists by default (in case you need to subscribe only to vsnet, please specify "vsnet only" in order to avoid confusion. When you don't want to receive any more mails from vsnet, please send mail to vsnet-adm with message :

VSNET Constellation mailing lists!

VSNET now has constellation-oriented mailing lists distributing recent data of variable stars! You can selectively receive information on your favorite constellations! The following lists are available. The archive of these mailing lists are not available on-line.

In order to subscribe, send a meesage to vsnet-adm@ooruri.kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp.

VSNET Constellation-wanted mailing lists!

VSNET further provides regular information on variable stars in individual constellations which are in need of more observations. The lists are as follows. In order to subscribe, please take the similar procedure as in VSNET Constellation Mailing Lists.

A brief guide to subscriptions

Several special cases are described. (The symbol '*' means all the sublists in that category).

If you are interested in variable star news, subscribe to

vsnet-alert, vsnet-campaign, vsnet-announce

If you are interested in general variable star discussions, subscribe to

vsnet, vsnet-chat, vsnet-announce

If you are a regular variable star observer, subscribe to

vsnet-alert, vsnet, vsnet-chat, vsnet-obs, vsnet-cvcirc, vsnet-miracirc, vsnet-announce

If you are interested in supernovae, subscribe to

vsnet-alert, vsnet-announce, vsnet-campaign-sn, vsnet-id-sn, vsnet-obs, vsnet-recent-sn*

If you are interested in novae, subscribe to

vsnet-alert, vsnet-announce, vsnet-campaign, vsnet-campaign-nova, vsnet-recent-nova

If you are interested in dwarf novae, subscribe to

vsnet-alert, vsnet-announce, vsnet-campaign, vsnet-campaign-dn, vsnet-outburst*, vsnet-superoutburst, vsnet-standstill, vsnet-cvcirc, vsnet-recent*

If you are interested in R CrB stars, subscribe to

vsnet-alert, vsnet-announce, vsnet-rcb, vsnet-recent-rcb, vsnet-cvcirc, vsnet-chat

If you are interested in long-period variables, subscribe to

vsnet-lpv, vsnet-announce, vsnet-mira*, vsnet-miracirc, vsnet-chat

If you are interested in amateur-professional collaboration, subscribe to

vsnet-alert, vsnet-campaign*, vsnet-chat

If you wish to receive

just SUBSCRIBE all

Anonymous-FTP service

Older VSNET log can be obtained also via anonymous ftp to under the directory /pub/vsnet/Mail/. You can get other contents under the directory /pub/vsnet/, for example, preprints, finding charts ( in PostScript or in VSNET format; viewers; format), and so on. Please enjoy these archives. We also welcome your contribution. When you want to add your articles to the VSNET archive, please e-mail to vsnet-adm@ooruri.kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp'. We will distribute the information concerning newly added articles to this archive series irregularly.

Joint networks

Posted articles may be transmitted to a joint network NIFTY-Serve (in Japanese) FSPACE (The Space Forum, in Japanese) , a Japanese domestic BBS like CompuServe. If you don't like your articles to be distributed outside VSNET, please comment as such. Thank you for your cooperation.

We expect your great contribution to VSNET!

If you want more imformation or you have any questions on VSNET, please feel free to send e-mail to vsnet-adm@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp with ordinary message.

Adminstrator's special request


Dear all subscribers of VSNET,

Recently, many e-mails for subscription and unsubscription have been distributed via all three mailing lists of VSNET (vsnet, vsnet-alert, and vsnet-obs). However, such e-mails should be originally sent to VSNET administrators (vsnet-adm@kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp).

The mail posted to vsnet-adm is forwarded to all administrators, namely, Daisaku Nogami, Taichi Kato, and Hajime Baba. Since we deal with the mail manually (adding/deleting an e-mail address to/from a list, writing a reply, and so on), it may take several days but we surely do it. We send an e-mail after we finished the work. So, please wait for some time before sending mail repeatedly.

When our reply mail does not reach you even several days after you send a first e-mail, please notify us *vsnet-adm* of it by e-mail. It is thought to be caused by some trouble somewhere on the network.

At present, the number of the subscriber exceeds 300! Please behave yourself well not to make some trouble for interchange of information and advance in Astronomy!!

Best regards,
VSNET administrators group
(1996 Aug. 22)

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