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How astronomers learn the masses of double stars

For astronomers, a binary or double star is a gift from the heavens. Astronomers observe these stars to find telltale clues to each star’s mass.

Fortunately for astronomers, there are lots of binaries – two stars revolving around a common center of mass – populating the starry sky. A binary system is literally a gift from the heavens because it reveals to astronomers the masses of its two component stars.

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