Using the moon to detect binary star systems

Monday, June 13, 2011

Read about it at a blog post here, or the original paper here. The paper details how a team of astronomers used lunar occultations to tell whether certain stars were binary systems or not. The precision is not nearly as great as that from the Very Large Telescope and the method is limited to whatever the moon is passing in front of at the time, but it also does not require the massive setup that the VLT uses.


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