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Binary Stars
It is estimated that half of all stars are members of binaries. This picture portrays a Cataclysmic Variable in which a white dwarf (a collapsed star with the mass of the Sun in the volume of the Earth) and a low-mass secondary star orbit close together every few hours. Gas is stripped off the secondary star and falls towards the white dwarf.

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