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A system of two stars bound together by gravity and orbiting a common center of mass, most often appearing as a single star when visible to the unaided eye. Also called double star.
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(Astronomy) a double star system comprising two stars orbiting around their common centre of mass. A visual binary can be seen through a telescope. A spectroscopic binary can only be observed by the spectroscopic Doppler shift as each star moves towards or away from the earth. Sometimes shortened to: binary See also optical double star, eclipsing binary
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a system of two stars that revolve about their common center of mass.
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A system of two stars that orbit a common center of mass. The pair often appears as a single star to the unaided eye.
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|Noun||1.||binary star - a system of two stars that revolve around each other under their mutual gravitation|
star - (astronomy) a celestial body of hot gases that radiates energy derived from thermonuclear reactions in the interior
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