star system

noun

Definition of star system 

: the practice of casting famous performers in principal roles (as in motion pictures or the theater) especially in order to capitalize on their popular appeal

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Its goal is to launch a squadron of the tiny probes in about 20 years to the Alpha Centauri star system, 4.3 light-years away. Steve Nadis, Discover Magazine, "The Tiny Satellites That Might Fly to Another Solar System," 18 Oct. 2018 The aliens of the Atlas star system have long since lost the knowledge of how to make the interstellar fuel, leaving them largely trapped near their home planet. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Starlink: Battle for Atlas review: Cool toys, solid spacefaring," 16 Oct. 2018 Nearly two decades later, his attitude about the starring system still hasn't changed. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Singapore's Newest Restaurant Doesn't Want Michelin to Review It," 13 Sep. 2018 Now a new study, published in Nature, has tested the principle using a remarkably extreme astrophysical environment: a triple star system containing two white dwarfs and a pulsar (a rotating neutron star that beams radio waves). James Geach, Scientific American, "Triple-Star Test Shows Einstein Was Right, Again," 5 July 2018 The image shows a planet about four times the size of Jupiter orbiting a young star and clearing away a region of the dust and debris surrounding the star system. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The First Picture of a Newborn Planet," 2 July 2018 Mendez works at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo, training the telescope toward red dwarf star systems that have planets, to understand more about their habitability. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "Puerto Rico's Observatory Is Still Recovering From Hurricane Maria," 15 June 2018 The tech environment’s star system is a big part of the problem. Ellen Pao, WIRED, "The Perverse Incentives That Help Incels Thrive in Tech," 19 June 2018 My response to this melancholy logic is to note that most of the star systems examined by SETI scientists are less than a few hundred light-years away. NBC News, "Space aliens could have died out long ago, scientist says," 11 Apr. 2018

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1822, in the meaning defined above

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