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eclipsing binary

(binary star system detected by variations in magnitude)

An eclipsing binary is a binary star system where one star passes in front of the other, detected by seeing the change in light when that happens, much as a transiting planet is detected.

It is one of a number binary-star classes based upon how the star is determined to be binary. Others:

(star type,binary star type)

Referenced by:
Algol (Beta Per)
astrometric binary
binary star
contact binary
mass-luminosity relation
mass-radius relation
spectroscopic binary
spectrum binary
stellar parameter determination
stellar radius determination
visual binary