eclipsing variable

noun
variants: or less commonly eclipsing double star or eclipsing binary

Definition of eclipsing variable

: a binary star in which the orbit plane lies near the line of sight so that one or both of the stars may eclipse the other as they revolve and produce rhythmic fluctuations in the total light of the system

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History and Etymology for eclipsing variable

eclipsing from present participle of eclipse entry 2

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“Eclipsing variable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eclipsing%20variable. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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