Definition of visual binary in English:

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visual binary


A binary star of which the components are sufficiently far apart to be resolved by an optical telescope.
Example sentences
  • These were visual binaries - stars that could be resolved by eye using a good instrument.
  • These spectroscopic binary stars are generally much closer to each other than visual binaries, as close as a few hundredths of an astronomical unit.
  • Sirius is a visual binary, and with her two different eyes, it could be cool.

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