physical double star
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Definition for physical double star (2 of 2)
two stars that appear as one if not viewed through a telescope with adequate magnification, such as two stars that are separated by a great distance but are nearly in line with each other and an observer (optical double star), or those that are relatively close together and comprise a single physical system (physical double star).
Compare binary star.
Origin of double star
First recorded in 1775–85
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British Dictionary definitions for physical double star
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Science definitions for physical double star
See binary star.
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