double star

noun

Definition of double star

: two stars that appear near each other in the sky:
a : two stars that are in very nearly the same line of sight but belong to separate star systems and may be very far apart

Examples of double star in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The double star system shows that distant planets can exist and suggests that planets can form early on in the lifetime of a star. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Hubble observes strange, distant exoplanet similar to 'Planet Nine' that may exist in our solar system," 11 Dec. 2020 Through binoculars, the event will look like a double star, Matter said. Amber Randall, sun-sentinel.com, "A “Christmas star” will light up the sky this month for the first time in 800 years," 8 Dec. 2020 This is an ancient constellation consisting of fairly bright stars that make a pattern resembling the letter W or M. There are numerous colorful double stars and deep-sky objects within Cassiopeia. Arnold Pearlstein, sun-sentinel.com, "The Stars This Week: Oct. 13-19," 13 Oct. 2019 After two games for the Timberwolves’ Iowa G League team, former Gophers double-double star Jordan Murphy is averaging five points and five rebounds. Charley Walters, Twin Cities, "Charley Walters: P.J. Fleck’s new UMN deal ‘good and reasonable’," 16 Nov. 2019 This is a good area filled with deep-sky objects and colorful double stars best seen during the summer. Arnold Pearlstein, sun-sentinel.com, "The Stars This Week: Oct. 27-Nov. 2," 27 Oct. 2019 Like Cassiopeia there are a number of beautiful double stars within its borders. Arnold Pearlstein, sun-sentinel.com, "The Stars This Week: Oct. 13-19," 13 Oct. 2019 The American tennis star pointed his racket like a gun at a line judge after his call was overturned The United Tennis Association has fined American doubles star Mike Bryan $10,000 for pointing his tennis racket like a rifle at one of the U.S. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Mike Bryan Fined $10,000 for Making a Rifle Gesture With His Racket at U.S. Open Official," 2 Sep. 2019 Within this ancient constellation are many colorful double stars best seen with low-powered telescopes. Arnold Pearlstein, sun-sentinel.com, "The Stars This Week: July 28 - Aug. 3," 28 July 2019

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First Known Use of double star

1767, in the meaning defined above

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21 Dec 2020

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“Double star.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/double%20star. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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