Eclipsing binary star system

Eclipsing binary star system

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Caption: Eclipsing binary star system. Artwork of W Ursae Majoris, an eclipsing binary system located around 200 light years away from Earth. The two component stars (orange/white) are similar in brightness and are almost in contact. The total brightness of the system varies on a regular cycle, because the orbital paths of the stars causes them to pass in front of one another when viewed from Earth.

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Keywords: artwork, astronomy, astrophysics, binary, brightness, change, contact, cosmology, eclipsing, illustration, joined, magnitude, period, periodic, science, star, stars, stellar, system, systems, touching, variable, w ursae majoris

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