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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These observations suggest that all kinds of cataclysmic variable stars, including novae, recurrent novae, nova-like variables, and dwarf novae, could be a single type of object that astronomers observe at different stages of life.