binary star

noun

Definition of binary star 

: a system of two stars that revolve around each other under their mutual gravitation

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The plates are in surprisingly good condition and include early photographs of eclipses, Jupiter, binary stars, the Orion Nebula, the star Deneb, and many other celestial objects. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Space Pictures From 1895 Found in a Basement," 29 Dec. 2015 The planets that researchers have turned up range from big and weird — like a Jupiter-sized planet orbiting a binary star system — to ones that are closer in size and orbit to Earth. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "NASA put its famous planet-hunting telescope to sleep because it’s almost out of fuel," 6 July 2018 In 1974, scientists found that a certain binary star system had to be producing gravitational waves—but only because the orbit of these stars decayed at the precise rate that energy had to be exiting in the form of gravitational waves. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "At Long Last, Scientists Say They Have Confirmed Gravitational Waves," 11 Feb. 2016 In theory, the powerful gravity of this black hole can disrupt binary star systems that stray too close, sending one star rocketing away at about 1000 kilometers per second, fast enough to escape the galaxy’s own gravitational pull. Joshua Sokol, Science | AAAS, "One of the Milky Way’s fastest stars is an invader from another galaxy," 8 May 2018 For the study, published March 19 in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Jackson and his collaborators performed 2,000 computer simulations of binary star systems with a small third body representing an object like Oumuamua. David Freeman /, NBC News, "'Oumuamua' object likely came from a solar system very different from ours," 20 Mar. 2018 Alan Jackson, an astronomer at the University of Toronto, reported Monday that the asteroid was probably from a binary star system, in which two stars orbit a common center. BostonGlobe.com, "Asteroid probably came from two-star system," 20 Mar. 2018 The team’s computer simulations suggest that up to 36% of binary stars can eject asteroids. Sid Perkins, Science | AAAS, "Mysterious asteroid that visited us from beyond our solar system probably came from a place with two stars," 19 Mar. 2018 Watching Burnham drift through space toward an ancient Klingon relic with a brilliant binary star in the background is something Star Trek fans have always imagined, but TV producers never quite had the technology to make a reality. Matt Miller, Esquire, "Star Trek: Discovery Is Beautiful. But Does That Make it Good?," 25 Sep. 2017

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1826, in the meaning defined above

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