nova-like variable

nova-like variable

[‚nō·və‚līk ′ver·ē·ə·bəl]
(astronomy)
A binary star in which one component is a white dwarf and the other is a main-sequence star that overflows its Roche lobe and feeds an accretion disk around the white dwarf, resulting in irregular variability.
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1) One of my first observations in 2000 June was of the eclipsing nova-like variable UX UMa (Figure 1).
One night in 2005 I made some observations of the nova-like variable MV Lyrae.
In nova-like variables, the mass transfer rate is sufficiently high that the accretion disc is kept full of gas and in a persistently bright state, except for very occasional faint states when mass transfer is interrupted;