eclipsing variable

eclipsing variable

noun Astronomy.
a variable star whose changes in brightness are caused by periodic eclipses of two stars in a binary system.
Also called eclipsing binary.


Origin:
1920–25; eclipse + -ing2

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eclipsing binary or eclipsing variable
 
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See also variable star a binary star whose orbital plane lies in or near the line of sight so that one component is regularly eclipsed by its companion
 
eclipsing variable or eclipsing variable
 
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