Binary Systems and Novae


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Binary stars:

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1. A white dwarf forms one of these whirling around it in a binary system, which is responsible for an eventual nova:

2. What is the term for an explosion of a dying star that was once believed to be a new star?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will help you determine what you know about binary systems and novae. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding the characteristics of binary stars as well as what an accretion disk is and what produces it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to test your astronomy knowledge, specifically:

  • The characteristics of binary stars
  • What an accretion disk is and what produces it
  • The term denoting the explosion of a dying star
  • Space which is gravitationally controlled by a star
  • Point that matter travels through from one star to another

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will help you develop these skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as white dwarf and binary system
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related astronomy lesson on binary systems and novae
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding points and volumes of space associated with binary systems, and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about the most prevalent type of star systems in our universe, review the corresponding lesson on Binary Systems and Novae. This lesson will help you:

  • Describe the concept of binary systems
  • Identify the formation characteristics of binary stars
  • Know what an accretion disk is and what produces it
  • Learn the term denoting the explosion of a dying star
  • Appreciate the volume of a space within a binary system that is gravitationally controlled by a star
  • Understand the particulars of the inner Lagrange point