detached binary

detached binary

See binary star; equipotential surfaces.
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detached binary

[di′tacht ′bī‚ner·ē]
(astronomy)
A binary system in which the components do not fill their Roche lobes and have little tidal distortion, and in which significant mass exchange is not taking place.
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The other star pair - a detached binary - has a separation distance of some three million km.
Follow-up observations of different wavelengths of light coming from the star system uncovered a fifth star, which is linked to the detached binary star.