Scientific Visualization and Graphics with Mathematica

Scientific Visualization and Graphics with Mathematica

Maintained by Jeff Bryant

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Eclipsing Binary Star System

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Two objects are orbiting each other and undergo an eclipse as the dimmer object blocks the light from the brighter object. In this case, the brighter object is an accretion disk and the dimmer object is a dim red dwarf star that orbit each other in only 3.8 hours. The light curve below shows how the brightness of the system changes revealing two eclipses, one per orbit. The raw data is currently unavailable, but the notebook showing how this graphic was constructed can be downloaded.

Mathematica Visualization - Adjacent Eclipses in the Light Curve of a Binary Star System

Mathematica generated image showing two adjacent sequential eclipses of a binary star system created by Jeff Bryant (