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The system's main item of interest - and its namesake - is the primary, a red flare star. Astronomer Jefersen Minde first observed the star's fluctuations in brightness, and the Scouts renamed the system for him when the observatory was built. Today, the outpost at Minde's Star stands foremost among observatories studying this type of flare star.
Minde located a truly unusual astronomical object. The
star which bears his name varies dramatically in brilliance - in its greatest
recorded fluctuation, its luminosity increased sixtyfold in a half-minute.
Such fluctuations are sudden and non-cyclical. Nevertheless, the accuracy
of the local astronomers' forecasts has increased, benefitting no doubt
from the body of data recorded over the outpost's lifetime. -den