Astronomy 1101/1103 __________________________ Yervant Terzian/Terry Herter
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Orbiting stars which are separated by a small distance may pass in front of one another. It is not possible for astronomers to see the individual stars, but there will be a change in the total light coming from the two stars when they "eclipse" one another. This simulation shows how this eclipse happens.
We have the following definitions:
|Inclination angle||Angle of the orbital plane of the stars to our line-of-sight.
|Separation||The distance between the two stars in solar radii.|
|Star 1 or Star 2||The spectral type of the stars.|
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