Eclipsing Binary Simulation



DESCRIPTION:

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.
  • 0o - edge on
  • 90o - face on
Separation The distance between the two stars in solar radii.
Star 1 or Star 2 The spectral type of the stars.

INSTRUCTIONS:

EXAMPLE TO TRY:

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