eclipsing variable star
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eclipsing variable star[i′klips·iŋ ¦ver·ē·ə·bəl ′stär]
A binary star whose orbit is such that every time one star passes between the observer and its companion an eclipse results. Also known as eclipsing binary; photometric binary.
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