Eclipsing binary stars discovered by high school students at SMU summer research program
Treasures of the night sky: Pairs of stars orbit around each other so closely their outer atmospheres touch, so they dim and brighten.
Southern Methodist University said:
All five stars are eclipsing contact binary stars, pairs of stars that orbit around each other so closely that their outer atmospheres touch. As the stars eclipse, they dim and then brighten as one emerges from behind the other.
Edited by Waspie_Dwarf, 21 August 2014 - 04:59 PM.