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Dwarf nova

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A U Geminorum-type variable star, or dwarf nova (pl. novae) is a type of cataclysmic variable star consisting of a close binary star system in which one of the components is a white dwarf that accretes matter from its companion. [1]

18 relations: Accretion disk, Apparent magnitude, Binary star, Cataclysmic variable star, Cosmic distance ladder, Dwarf nova, Hubble Space Telescope, Luminosity, Nova, SS Cygni, Superhump, Temperature, U Geminorum, V band, Viscosity, White dwarf, WZ Sagittae, Z Camelopardalis.

Accretion disk

An accretion disk is a structure (often a circumstellar disk) formed by diffused material in orbital motion around a massive central body.

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Apparent magnitude

The apparent magnitude of a celestial object is a number that is a measure of its brightness as seen by an observer on Earth.

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Binary star

A binary star is a star system consisting of two stars orbiting around their common barycenter.

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Cataclysmic variable star

Cataclysmic variable stars (CV) are stars which irregularly increase in brightness by a large factor, then drop back down to a quiescent state.

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Cosmic distance ladder

The cosmic distance ladder (also known as the extragalactic distance scale) is the succession of methods by which astronomers determine the distances to celestial objects.

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Dwarf nova

A U Geminorum-type variable star, or dwarf nova (pl. novae) is a type of cataclysmic variable star consisting of a close binary star system in which one of the components is a white dwarf that accretes matter from its companion.

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Hubble Space Telescope

The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is a space telescope that was launched into low Earth orbit in 1990 and remains in operation.

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Luminosity

In astronomy, luminosity is the total amount of energy emitted per unit of time by a star, galaxy, or other astronomical object.

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Nova

A nova (plural novae or novas) or classical nova (CN, plural CNe) is a transient astronomical event that causes the sudden appearance of a bright, apparently "new" star, that slowly fades over several weeks or many months.

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SS Cygni

SS Cygni is a variable star in the northern constellation Cygnus (the Swan).

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Superhump

In astronomy, a superhump is a periodic brightening in a cataclysmic variable star system, in which the period is a few percent longer than the orbital period of the system.

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Temperature

Temperature is a physical quantity expressing hot and cold.

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U Geminorum

U Geminorum (U Gem), in the constellation Gemini, is an archetypal example of a dwarf nova.

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V band

The V band ("vee-band") is a standard designation by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) for a band of frequencies in the microwave portion of the electromagnetic spectrum ranging from 40 to 75 gigahertz (GHz).

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Viscosity

The viscosity of a fluid is the measure of its resistance to gradual deformation by shear stress or tensile stress.

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White dwarf

A white dwarf, also called a degenerate dwarf, is a stellar core remnant composed mostly of electron-degenerate matter.

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WZ Sagittae

WZ Sagittae (WZ Sge) is a cataclysmic dwarf nova star system in the constellation Sagitta.

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Z Camelopardalis

Z Camelopardalis (Z Cam) is a cataclysmic variable starSIMBAD, (accessed 2012-03-20) in the constellation of Camelopardalis.

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References

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwarf_nova

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