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main sequence

n.
A major grouping of stars that forms a relatively narrow band from the upper left to the lower right when plotted according to luminosity and surface temperature on the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram.

main sequence

n
(Astronomy) astronomy
a. a diagonal band on the Hertzsprung Russell diagram containing about 90% of all known stars; stars evolve onto and then off the band during their lifetime
b. (as modifier): a main-sequence star.
Translations
séquence principale
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still shining in its main sequence, a main sequence star, exactly
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At this stable stage in a star's life cycle, it is known as a main sequence star and it will spend most of its life in this way.
This causes the two stars to spiral ever closer together until they reach the point where gas starts to leak from the main sequence star through the inner Lagrangian point of their combined gravitational field onto the white dwarf, because the larger star has now filled its Roche lobe.
This revealed that the starlight from the foreground lens system was too faint to be a main sequence star, but it had the brightness expected for two closely orbiting red dwarf stars.
One star in the system might come to the end of its life cycle while the other remains as a stable main sequence star (like our Sun).
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