binary system

noun

Definition of binary system 

: binary star also : a similar system containing bodies (such as black holes) other than stars

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The black hole lives in a binary system with an orange dwarf star. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Stephen Hawking's Voice Got Beamed To a Black Hole," 17 June 2018 And like stars, they can be found by themselves or in binary systems with a companion. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Sorry But I Don’t Find This Newborn Planet Very Cute," 2 July 2018 Leibniz, who worked around the same time as Isaac Newton, was also responsible for developing the binary system, which consists of zeroes and ones, and is the language of computers and electronic devices. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, "Google Doodle Celebrates Mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz's 372nd Birthday," 1 July 2018 The goal is to pioneer several new methods of surveying asteroids, as some of the traditional methods don’t work in a binary system. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "New Spacecraft Will Head to Binary Asteroid to Help Protect the Planet," 25 June 2018 It will be broadcast via satellite in the direction of 1A 0620-00, a black hole that is in a binary system with an orange dwarf star. Emily Price, Fortune, "Stephen Hawking's Voice Will Be Broadcast Into Space," 15 June 2018 But the odds are good that it was born into a binary system that harbors at least one big, hot star, according to the new study. Mike Wall, Scientific American, "'Oumuamua, First-Known Interstellar Visitor, Likely Born from 2 Stars," 20 Mar. 2018 In our neck of the galaxy, x-ray binary systems aren’t so common. Sid Perkins, Science | AAAS, "A swarm of black holes may be lurking in our galaxy’s heart," 4 Apr. 2018 In a binary system like Alpha Centauri the lack of giant planets in Jupiter-like orbits is no surprise, because the gravity of each star would tend to kick any such planets orbiting the other star out of the system, Kervella says. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "What is Alpha Centauri hiding? Searches for Earth-like planets ramp up around our nearest stellar neighbor," 11 Apr. 2018

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1802, in the meaning defined above

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