One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A binary star whose brightness varies periodically as the two components pass one in front of the other.
- ‘The star Algol was the first recognized as an eclipsing binary by Dutch-born astronomer John Goodricke in 1782.’
- ‘It was not until much later, when several similar cases were recognized, that the concept of eclipsing binaries gained a foothold, a hundred years after Goodricke and Huber got an inkling of the explanation.’
- ‘In addition, the observations with the Very Large Telescope have led to the discovery of seven new eclipsing binaries, that harbour stars with masses below one-third the mass of the Sun, a real bonanza for the astronomers.’
eclipsing binary/ēˌklipsiNG ˈbīnərē/
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