Neutron Stars in Binary Systems

HERA Tool: File Plot 3

So far, you have analyzed light curves and determined the diameter of a star in a binary system given the orbital velocity of one star. Using HERA, you've been able to see the plot of an actual binary system and manipulate parameters so that you can see the periodicity of a binary system more clearly. The last step is to actually determine the periodicity of GX-301.

Exercise 6

Using the graph you printed out, what is the period of this binary system?

How many rows did you plot for the graph that you used to determine the period?

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