New Method to Study Binary Star Systems

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New Method to Study Binary Star Systems

Post by Led_Zep on 22nd April 2014, 2:49 pm

http://spaceref.com/astronomy/upside-down-planet-new-method-to-study-binary-star-systems.html

"...Working with UW astronomer Eric Agol, doctoral student Ethan Kruse has confirmed the first "self-lensing" binary star system -- one in which the mass of the closer star can be measured by how powerfully it magnifies light from its more distant companion star. Though our sun stands alone, about 40 percent of similar stars are in binary (two-star) or multi-star systems, orbiting their companions in a gravitational dance.

Kruse's discovery confirms an astronomer's prediction in 1973, based on stellar evolution models of the time, that such a system should be possible. A paper by Kruse and Agol was published in the April 18 edition of Science..."


Great, even it's not for discover a planet...
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